Jim Parker, who has won the British Academy Award for best original Television Music
four times, has written scores for over one hundred programmes and is one of Britain's
most successful and versatile composers. His work on Film and Television ranges from the
seventeenth century Moll Flanders, the eighteenth century Tom Jones, and the
1920's House of Eliott, to the witty and satirical contemporary score for the
prestigious political thriller House of Cards.
After graduating as a silver medalist at the Guildhall School of Music, Parker played
with leading London 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 the late British Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman; the recordings, spoken by the
poet and conducted by the composer have achieved classic status. These and subsequent
records, including Captain Beaky which topped the charts as both a single and
album, led to work in television as well as in the London West End theatre where he has
had productions of three musicals. Film scores include numerous feature-length television
films along with scores for the new prints of the classic silents Girl Shy, by
Harold Lloyd and The Blot, a 1921 film directed by Lois Weber.
Concert works have been written for the Nash Ensemble, Philip Jones Brass, The Hilliard
Ensemble, The Albion Ensemble, The Wallace Collection and Poems in the Underground. His
published compositions include A Londoner in New York for brass, Mississippi
Five for wind quintet, The Golden Section for brass quintet and a Clarinet
concerto. He is also the recipient of an honorary degree from the Guildhall School of
Music and Drama.