Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b 23 March 1949, Cape Town S.A.) Film composer. As a child he lived across the street from the Gem cinema, in such poor condition that the soundtrack was often lost, which impressed its power on him. Jones won a scholarship to London's Royal Academy of Music at age 17; he was only supposed to stay in England four years, but he came to the attention of the BBC, where he worked four years as a classical music critic and meanwhile become a naturalized British citizen. He studied all kinds of music from the ethnic to the avant-garde, as well as all aspects of filmmaking; all this took twelve years and included a masters degree from the British National Film School. His education in the field took twelve years, and when he finally went to work his contacts and his ability to round up professional musicians brought him plenty of work. He insists on working on all kinds of movies, big and small, but only one at a time. He once talked himself out of work on a film he thought it didn't need any music.
He has worked on over 70 films, plus another 20 or so as orchestrator, conductor or playing synths. His credits include Around The World In 80 Days 2004, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2003, Crossroads 2002, Thirteen Days That Shocked The World 2000, Notting Hill 1999, Death Train 1993, Last Of The Mohicans 1992, Mississippi Burning 1988, Time Bandits and Excalibur in 1981 and too many more to name, plus work for TV such as Gulliver's Travels 1996 and Dr Fischer Of Geneva 1985 (made for Australian TV, aka The Bomb Party).