Rachel Portman

Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman (born 11 December 1960) is a British composer who made history in 1996 for being the first woman composer to win an Academy Award for the Best Original Score for ''Emma.'' She was also nominated twice, for the soundtracks of ''The Cider House Rules'' (1999) and ''Chocolat'' (2000). She was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2010, and is an honorary member of Worcester College, Oxford. She has composed more than one hundred scores for film, television and theatre, and has collaborated with the BBC on several projects, including an opera based on ''The Little Prince'' and a choral symphony called ''The Water Diviner''.

Portman's career in music began with writing music for drama in BBC and Channel 4 films such as ''Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit'', Mike Leigh's ''Four Days in July'' and Jim Henson's ''Storyteller'' series.

Her success in her profession derives from "a natural affinity for the particularities of a film's narrative" and "her ability to forge a comprehensive articulation of a film's emotional thesis via her gift for colour and storytelling. Her acute career choices complement her compositional gifts, and she has carved out a unique niche as a composer of human-size stories, an increasing rarity in the box office-dominated film world of the 2000s and 2010s." Provided by Wikipedia
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