Jim Howard


Portrait of Jim Howard

After studies in jazz at the Guildhall School of Music in 1990, Jim began a career as a musician, playing with a wide variety of groups, including Django Bates’ Delightful Precipice, Yann Tiersen, Billy Martin, Billy Jenkins, Randy Brecker, Julian Arguelles, The London Jazz Orchestra, The Martin Hathaway Big Band, The Happy End, One Jump Ahead, The Infamous Grouse, and D’Organ Trio.

A love of cinema led to his first film project: a lo-budget drama. With a friend he undertook all aspects of film making, from screenplay to editing. He composed the music and discovered the joy and satisfaction of adding musical emotion and drama to a story. The film was selected for the Edinburgh film festival.

Jim completed several short film and animation projects with students at the Royal College of Art, London, and in 1995 he gained a much sought after place at the National Film and Television School as a composer. There he studied the craft of film composition and wrote music for dramas, documentaries and animations.

Music composed by Jim has been has broadcast on TV across the world including GB, North America, South America, Germany, Brazil, Israel, Turkey, Palestine and on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arte.

Jim composes for film and television, and works as a freelance musician with various bands, including his own groups: im – ambient electronica and improvisation, and FilmBand - who play original arrangements of classic film themes. He lives in London with his wife and three daughters.