Film music composer
Film composer Rachel James graduated with a Masters in Composition for Screen from the Royal College of Music in London where she studied with Joseph Horovitz and David Burnand. She gained her first degree in Music at the University of Surrey and then took a Masters in Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with composer Malcolm Singer. She has worked with EMMY nominated composer Guy Michelmore in West Sussex and is now based in Essex. Rachel has composed for several feature films, including, 'Little Happiness,' which was nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Orange Golden Film Awards.
She works as a composer, score programmer, orchestrator and score & part preparation copyist. She scored the award winning short animation Five O'Clock Shadow, which was shown at Cannes Film Festival. Her piece for choreographer, Yessica Lovbrand, was broadcast on Radio 3. Rachel has worked on many projects, including El mío and Two Left Feet for animator Laura Marion James. Rachel has worked with German Director Andreas Ksoll on various films, including Dr. Valentine and Boiler.
Rachel's work includes composing for American feature, Crash Down Hearts, as well as cinematic trailers for the National Trust and two feature films for director Nihat Seven. Orchestrations include projects such as the James Bond: Goldeneye video game.
Rachel also lectures in composing for film for the degreee course at University Center Colchester, is associate lecturer for the University of Surrey and guest lectures at various colleges. Previous teaching included tutoring forThinkSpace Education. These courses include Music for the Media, Cinematic Orchestration, Digital Music and two harmonyHarmony courses, which were written by Rachel. She was the lead tutor on the MA in Orchestration for Film and Games for ThinkSpace Education. For more information about Rachel's teaching, click here.