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John Altman

John is a multi-award-winning composer and arranger who counts among his numerous credits the Monty Python classic ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ famously sung by Erik Idle in Life Of Brian.

He has performed with all the major figures in music over the last few decades, including Eric Clapton, Sting, Phil Collins (all of whom performed in his band, the Secret Police, an all star aggregation specially assembled for the Secret Policeman’s Ball), Jimi Hendrix, Nick Drake, Muddy Waters, Bob Marley, Jimmy Page, Little Richard, and Van Morrison and Hot Chocolate

He has had a parallel successful career as a composer/arranger/producer for films and television, winning most of the prestigious film composer awards:

-An EMMY and an ASCAP Film Award for RKO 281 – The Making of Citizen Kane.

– The Anthony Asquith Award (BAFTA) for Hear My Song,

– A second ASCAP Award and the Choreographer’s Carnival Award for best dance score for Shall We Dance.

– A TRIC Award for Peak Practice

– A Golden Reel nomination for Little Voice.

– A BAFTA nomination for The Old Devils.

– An Oscar mention for the period music for Titanic, which he also produced

– A second Emmy nomination in 2003 for his score for The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone starring Helen Mirren and Ann Bancroft.

Find Out More About John Or Listen To Some Of This Music Here

His contribution to British music has been recognized in October 2006 by the award of the prestigious Gold Badge of Excellence, the lifetime achievement award of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.

Other films include Funny Bones, Bhaji on the Beach, Bad Behaviour, Beautiful Thing, The Matchmaker, Fidel, King of Texas, Beautiful Joe, Hope Springs, and On Thin Ice produced by and starring Diane Keaton as well as the classic tank chase sequence in Goldeneye. He was the first Western composer in history to score a Russian movie in 1991. (He also arranged and conducted many classic movie scores for other composers including the Golden Globe winning score for The Sheltering Sky, Leon (The Professional) and on television, the highly popular Miss Marple series for the BBC.).