This music legend believe it or not is a house-hold name to all of us – do you remember the soundtrack from these movies?
‘Excalibur’, ‘The Dark Crystal’, ‘Runaway Train’, ‘Angel Heart’, ‘Mississippi Burning’, ‘Last of the Mohicans’ , ‘Cliffhanger’, ‘Arachnophobia’, ‘Merlin’, ‘ Sea of Love’, ‘In the Name of the Father’, ‘Richard III’, ‘Brassed Off’, ‘Dark City’ and ‘Notting Hill’, well those are all Trevor’s!
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At 17, Trevor won a scholarship and left South Africa to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied composition, orchestration, conducting, piano and organ. Having completed his studies, he worked at the BBC as Classical Music Reviewer. He continued his graduate studies at York University, England and received a BA Hons and an MA in Music before becoming the first Composer to attend the National Film School in England.
He graduated from the National Film School having completed 23 student film scores and studying production, direction, sound, cinematography, and editing. The film ‘The Dollar Bottom’ produced and directed by fellow NFTS Students with music by Trevor was the first film at the National Film School to win an Oscar. In 1999 Trevor was elected First Chair of Music at The National Film and Television School. He was honoured with an Associateship (ARAM) and became a Fellow (FRAM) of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2005, Archbishop Desmond Tutu conferred on him an Honorary Ph.D. from The University of the Western Cape South Africa.
His pioneering work with the fusion of Acoustic and Electronic sounds set the benchmark for film and television scores. He has also composed music for the theatre and ballet and conducted suites of his film music for concert performances at various International Film Music Festivals.
He has collaborated with David Bowie, Sting, U2, Sinead O’Connor, Charlotte Church, Britney Spears and Elvis Costello and has been a jury member for BAFTA, the Mercury Music Prize and the International Film Festival of Flanders, Ghent.
In addition to his role of Chair of Music at the NFTS, he has given lectures and Master classes at the Royal College of Music, The Film Music Conference at the National Film & Television Museum, The National Film Theatre, The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, The Soncinemad International Festival of Film Music, The Arts Council of Spain in Barcelona, The National Film & Television School, The Hay Festival and the School of Sound Symposium in London.
He has founded a scholarship for South African students to attend the National Film and Television School in England and together with the Trevor Jones Composition Studio at the University of York is further testament to his commitment to fostering the next generation of composers, musicians and film-makers.