Faber Music was founded in 1965 as a sister company to the distinguished book publisher Faber and Faber. Over fifty years later, the company is now one of the leading independent British publishers of classical, contemporary, media, pop and printed music, enjoying a reputation as one of the most influential publishers of serious contemporary classical music in the world.
Besides repertory works by Vaughan Williams, Arnold, Holst and Britten, Faber Music’s performance catalogue features one of the most distinguished lists of internationally recognised composers, including George Benjamin, Thomas Adès, Oliver Knussen, Jonathan Harvey and, most recently, Anders Hillborg. The company’s established British core (Colin and David Matthews, Julian Anderson, Nicholas Maw, Tansy Davies) is complemented by a strong Australian connection (the late Peter Sculthorpe, Carl Vine and Matthew Hindson) and a growing catalogue of young talent (Francisco Coll, Martin Suckling and Tom Coult).
Faber Music also handles Carl Davis’s renowned scores for great films of the silent era (including Napoleon, The General and the Chaplin Mutuals), Lloyd Webber’s Cats, the outstanding choral and concert works of Howard Goodall and the ‘classical’ works of Sir Paul McCartney. The company is increasingly involved in publishing concert works by composers who are also active in the film/TV or pop worlds. Apart from Davis and Goodall such composers include Danny Elfman, Jonny Greenwood, John Harle, Keaton Henson and Anna Meredith.
As well as Carl Davis (over 100 credits for TV alone), the company’s substantial Film & TV division represents an outstanding group of composers including Paul Englishby, Howard Goodall, Jonny Greenwood, the ‘king’ of entertainment TV Marc Sylvan and the Oscar-winning film composer Stephen Warbeck. The department offers a full representation (agency) service to composers, as well as a specialist service of worldwide copyright administration to media composers and production companies. It also provides music supervision services. Notable credits in this area include three series of the BBC’s hit show Killing Eve, Riviera (Sky Atlantic) and Brexit: The Uncivil War (Channel 4/HBO). Composer credits include Channel 4’s hit series Humans (Sarah Warne), Johnny English Strikes Again (Howard Goodall), the BBC’s Keeping Faith (Laurence Love Greed), The Hollow Crown – the Wars of the Roses (Dan Jones) and the BBC’s long-running series for children The Dumping Ground (Simon Rogers) and Hetty Feather (Simon Lacey).
Faber Alt is the brand under which the company represents indie pop and ‘alternative’ crossover writers and artists. The roster includes Boy Azooga, Mesadorm, Penelope Isles and Phoria, folk artist Jon Boden, BC Camplight (the stage name of American singer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Christinzio) and Swiss DJ, producer and composer Pablo Nouvelle.
At the core of Faber Music’s print catalogue are tutors, repertoire and educational publications by world-renowned figures in their respective fields, including Fanny Waterman, Paul Harris and Pam Wedgwood. In 2014 Faber Music entered into an exclusive publishing partnership with the world-famous pianist Lang Lang, launching a major new piano programme with him that has received global acclaim.
Following an exclusive European print licence deal with Warner Chappell in 2005, the catalogue now encompasses some of the most famous names in popular 20th-century music, from jazz classics to an array of films and musicals, including La La Land and Hamilton, as well as some of the biggest names in contemporary pop and rock, including Radiohead, Elbow and Muse. As the exclusive agent for the Warner Chappell rental catalogue outside North America, Faber Music handles a vast array of musicals (including Bugsy Malone), operas, operettas and popular concert works (including Gershwin, Bax, Coates and Loewe).
The company operates from two sites: publishing, marketing, digital, promotion, copyright, media and administration functions are based in London, while sales, customer service, accounts, IT, hire and distribution functions operate from its distribution centre in Harlow, Essex. Staff across the entire company build and nurture the closest possible relationships with composers, writers, clients and customers. The company continuously builds and promotes its music copyrights internationally, and is proud to provide publishing, administration and distribution services of unrivalled excellence.