I’m a composer who writes music for film and television.

The productions on which I’ve worked range from factual entertainment series to natural history documentaries, comedy songs to adverts. Notable credits include Panorama: Britain's Brexit Crisis, Cutting Edge: The Rich Kids Of Instagram and three series of The Three Day Nanny. My music has been broadcast around the world and has featured on Civilisations, The Apprentice, Beat the Chef, Natural World, A Year In Canada, Jill Dando: The 20-Year Mystery and Dispatches, amongst many other programmes, adverts and promos. I compose music in a variety of styles, using both live recorded and electronic means. Aside from my media work, I have written and produced a number of recordings including my debut album for piano and orchestra, Principia, and an EP of chamber music, Aide-Mémoire.



Here is my video showreel, showcasing a range of television commissions and placements over recent years.


Here is a short playlist, on SoundCloud, of some of my music. I’ve selected ten tracks spanning a range of styles and purposes.


Below is a selection of notable projects. It includes factual entertainment and wildlife documentary productions, live-action films, work for orchestra and a museum installation.


BBC Panorama


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Channel 4


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Panorama: Britain’s Brexit Crisis 60-minute documentary made by BBC Panorama for BBC One.

Coastal And Country Auctions 10-part series for BBC One, made by Plimsoll Productions.

The Three Day Nanny 15 episodes over three series. Liberty Bell for Channel 4. Produced by Simon Unwin, Francis Baker and Jon Connerty.

Cutting Edge: The Rich Kids Of Instagram Popkorn for Channel 4. Directed by Osca Humphreys.

Touching The Wild Passion Planet for PBS. Directed by Dave Allen.

The Muckers CBBC. Directed by John Willie Hopkins.

For The Win BBC Three. Directed by John Willie Hopkins.

Corals Of The North Atlantic Crystal Water Films for SVT. Produced and directed by Birgitta, Nanna & Armin Mueck.


Another News Story Gallivant Films. Directed by Orban Wallace. Produced by Verity Wislocki.

Crush Hour Written and directed by Natalie Malla.

Sodom Written and directed by Mark Wilshin.

Community Support Trust promotional film Directed by Alan Reich.

Iris Echo Written by Ted Wilkes. Directed by Tristram Giff.

The Girl In The Dress Written and directed by Natalie Malla.

Homer Written and directed by James Berridge.

The Imposter Directed by Bart Layton. (Assistant to composer Anne Nikitin.)

To You I Follow Directed by Tijmen Veldhuizen.

Washdays Written by Graham Lester George. Directed by Simon Neal. Produced by Dan Cleland.

Rocket Boy Roger Written and directed by Russell Hollis.

Mary & Mick Directed by Lesley Sharp. Written by Nick Gleaves. Produced by Verity Wislocki.


Exile/In Memoriam Produced by Julie Howell and Tom Butler at Kingston Lacy.

Playboy Of The Western World/An Apple A Day Written by John Millington Synge/John McDonnell. Directed by Gavin McAlinden.

Only Our Own Written by Ann Henning Jocelyn. Directed by Lars Harald Garthe at the Arts Theatre, West End.

Henry VI Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Nick Bagnall at the Globe Theatre. (Assistant to composer Alex Baranowski.)

Fewer Emergencies Written by Martin Crimp. Directed by Dan Ayling at the Print Room.

Wife To James Whelan Written by Teresa Deevy. Directed by Gavin McAlinden at the New Diorama Theatre, London.

Pentecost Written by David Edgar. Directed by Gavin McAlinden at St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch.

Reclining Nude With Black Stockings Written by Snoo Wilson. Directed by Alexander Gilmour at the Arcola Theatre.

The Revenger's Tragedy Written by Thomas Middleton. Directed by Gavin McAlinden at the Southwark Playhouse.

Gates Of Gold Written by Frank McGuinness. Directed by Gavin McAlinden at the Finborough Theatre and Trafalgar Studios.

Molnar Shorts Written by Ferenc Molnar. Directed by Kate Wasserberg at the Finborough Theatre.

The Tempest Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Emma Serlin.


Principia Album of orchestral, chamber and piano music recorded at Synchron Stage, Vienna.

Aide-Mémoire EP of music for string quartet, piano and electronics recorded at Urchin Studios, London.

Not That He Brought Flowers Song cycle recorded by mezzo soprano Anna Stéphany and pianist James Baillieu at Sonica Studios, London.

Sleep Window Performed by Celtaidd Wind Quintet.


Civilisations, The Apprentice, Panorama, Dispatches, Beat The Chef, Watchdog, Tonight, Countryfile Spring Diaries, Songs of Praise, Natural World, CNN Special Report, Inside King's Cross, Great British Royal Ships, Nature's Weirdest Events, The Baby Boomers' Guide to Growing Old, Heir Hunters, Rory Bremner's Great British Views, Flog It!, Race Against Time, Gogglebox, How The NHS Changed Our World, The Highland Midwife, Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories, Million Pound Menu, The One Show etc.


Nurofen Zavance Liquid Capsules. BMGPM.

Yakult Canal TV advert. Euro RSCG.

EastEnders New Year's Eve promo. Red Bee Media.


Photograph: Eamon Kennedy

Photograph: Eamon Kennedy

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 Vanity Fair (ITV), 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.