James Jones is a UK-based composer who writes music for television, film, theatre and the concert hall. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Academy Award-winning composer Dario Marianelli, he has worked on a wide variety of projects illustrating his versatility across a range of musical genres.
In television, Channel 4’s The Three Day Nanny (prod. Simon Urwin), PBS’s Touching The Wild (dir. Dave Allen) and Channel 4’s The Rich Kids Of Instagram (dir. Osca Humphreys) are particularly noteworthy productions. In film, James has collaborated with writer director Natalie Malla on The Girl In The Dress and Crush Hour, with Tristram Giff on Homer and Iris Echo and with Lesley Sharp on Mary & Mick. In theatre, Only Our Own (dir. Lars Harold Gathe at the Arts Theatre), Pentecost (dir. Gavin McAlinden at St Leonard’s Shoreditch) and Fewer Emergencies (dir. Dan Ayling at the Print Room) were all critically acclaimed productions. At the beginning of 2014, a symphonic work Irrational Exuberance was performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (conductor, Jac van Steen) at the Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff.
James has worked as a conductor, copyist and orchestrator for highly-regarded composers including Anne Nikitin on the BAFTA winning feature film The Imposter and BBC Two’s Natural World; Alex Baranowksi on The xx Symphony (Radio 1) and Henry VI at Shakespeare’s Globe; Tom Howe on his album Changing Moods and Isobel Waller-Bridge on her scores for Knives In Hens (Donmar Warehouse) and The Country Girls (Chichester).
From an early age, James learnt the violin, viola and piano, and sang extensively in choirs. He become a member of both the National Youth Orchestra and Choir of Wales. His first compositional success came with an award for best composition at the National Festival of Music for Youth in 1995. Later, he studied at King’s College London, which included composition lessons with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, with whom he experimented with avant-garde techniques. Further music making included singing bass with many of London's church choirs, including the choir of St John’s Wood church for six years.
James’s music is published by Music Sales Ltd.