(1934 - )
After graduating as an oboist at the Guildhall School of Music Jim played with leading orchestras and chamber groups before concentrating on composing and conducting. He had early success with a series of recordings in which he set to music the poems of Sir John Betjeman, spoken by the poet and conducted by himself. These and subsequent records, including CAPTAIN BEAKY with words by Jeremy Lloyd led to work in television as well as in the London West End theatre and at Chichester, where he wrote FOLLOW THE STAR and MAKE ME A WORLD with Wally K Daly.
He has written the scores for several hundred TV programmes and has won the BAFTA award for best television music four times. Programmes include THE HOUSE OF ELIOTT, SOLDIER SOLDIER, HOUSE OF CARDS, TO PLAY THE KING, MOLL FLANDERS , TOM JONES, FOYLES WAR and MIDSOMER MURDERS. Film scores include the classic silents, GIRL SHY, by Harold Lloyd and THE BLOT, a 1921 film directed by Lois Weber.
Classical compositions include a Concerto For Clarinet, a one act opera for Channel Four Television, settings of poems by Oscar Wilde and chamber music for wind ensembles. For his contribution to British music he was recognised by the Guildhall School of Music where he was presented with an honorary degree.