The Professional Career and Output of Trevor Jones

The Professional Career and Output of Trevor Jones

The Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project The Professional Career and Output of Trevor Jones was a £570,000 research project based at the University of Leeds.

The project ran from October 2013 to September 2016. Outputs and events relating to the project can still be accessed via this website, but please note that the site itself is no longer being updated.

Metadata relating to the digitised materials from the Trevor Jones Archive may be accessed via the ScreenMusic website created through the project. Scholars and researchers seeking access to the digital materials for use in research or teaching should contact


With a career spanning nearly 40 years, Trevor Jones is one of the most successful contemporary British-based composers of film music and is seen by peers as an influential figure in the industry. He is distinguished by the range of projects he has worked on, the directors he has collaborated with, and his development of novel approaches to the creation of film music.

His output includes scores for the groundbreaking animatronic films of Jim Henson (The Dark Crystal, 1982; Labyrinth, 1986), films with significant cultural impact such as Brassed Off! (1996) and Notting Hill (1999), and those dealing with political issues both in the UK and abroad. The latter include In the Name of the Father (1993) which investigates the wrongful arrest and treatment of the Guildford Four, and Mississippi Burning (1988), which deals with the struggles of black civil-rights activists and the Ku Klux Klan in the southern US in the 1960s. Many of the films he has scored retain currency and continue to appear regularly on British television schedules many years after their theatrical releases.

Events

  • Music for Audio-Visual Media II Conference

    Date: 20/6/201622/6/2016

    The final project conference, Music for Audio-Visual Media II, will be held on Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 June 2016. Papers, themed panels, screen scores and short films dealing with any aspect of music and sound in and for audio-visual media are encouraged and welcomed by the conference committee. See the call for more information. Read more »
  • Labyrinth Lecture

    Date: 18/4/2016 | Time: 10.30am12.30pm

    Teachers of post-16 pupils should email trevorjonesfilm@leeds.ac.uk to book spaces at this free lecture session. Read more »
  • Teaching at Elliott Hudson College

    Date: 22/2/2016 | Time: 8.30am10.30am

    Ian and Laura joined film-music colleague Dr Dave Ireland (University of Leeds) to deliver a joint session to sixth-form Media students at Elliott Hudson College in Leeds. Read more »
  • Jones Lecture at Bradford College

    Date: 15/2/2016 | Time: 12.00pm

    The project team will be delivering a lecture to students at Bradford College on Friday 26 February, focused on Trevor Jones and his compositional approaches to scoring film and television productions. Read more »
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Main Project News

  • Project Book

    The project team are working on a book on Trevor Jones, the first scholarly publication on the composer, that will be published by Ashgate as part of their Screen Music Series. Publication is anticipated in 2018.

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  • End of Project

    The Trevor Jones project ended on 30 September 2016 after three years of intensive research work. The project successfully achieved its aims and gave rise to a number of publications, some of which are still in progress, including several publications and events above and beyond what was outlined in the original AHRC proposal.

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  • ScreenMusic Website Launched

    The project website, www.screenmusic.leeds.ac.uk, is now online, offering scholars and the public unprecedented access to metadata relating to materials from the film- and television-score production process.

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  • Journal of Film Music, Vol. 6, no. 2 Published

    A special issue of the Journal of Film Music (vol. 6, no. 2) edited by Ian Sapiro and Laura Anderson and arising from our successful Audio-Visual Archives Conference of July 2015 was published in 2016.

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