Hollywood composer Dr Terry James dies at 83
Television composer for Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster and Kris Kristofferson.

October 25, 2016

By Carmarthen Journal

RENOWNED Carmarthenshire composer and conductor Dr Terry James has passed away.

Born in Kidwelly, he lived on the outskirts of Carmarthen at Cwmffrwd and in Ferryside, along with London – where he lived at The Savoy hotel for almost 15 year, along with time living in Los Angeles. His later years were spent living in Bolahaul Road, Carmarthen.

Dr James, who passed away aged 83, composed for Hollywood films along with orchestras and choirs across the UK.

Closer to home he was also president of Carmarthen Arts for many years.

He first made his name in the world of classical music, as a composer and conductor at London's famous venues, including the Albert Hall and the Festival Hall.

However he is perhaps better known outside the classical world as a composer for film and television, having worked with some of Hollywood's biggest stars including Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster and Kris Kristofferson.

While in London he was appointed musical director of the Elderado Operatic Society.

Dr James, after graduating, studied in Italy and America.

One of his finest hours was conducting the London Welsh Choir when they appeared on Sunday Night at the Palladium and the Massed Choirs at the St David's Day celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall.

He was the director of the popular TV programme Land of Song for two years and has written incidental music for films and documentaries.

Dr James also recorded for Decca, Delyse, EMI and Qualition Recording companies.

He was well respected in his field and very well thought of in Carmarthen.

He was well respected in his field and very well thought of in Carmarthen. Friend and neighbour David Lewis, former chair of Carmarthen Arts said: "Terry was a great man, he was known of course within music circles but also within Carmarthen for the work he did.

"He was president of Carmarthen Arts for many years and even set up a music appreciation group which met weekly. Together with being compere at the Young Musician of Dyfed competition.

"He knew many from the film and music world and was a close friend of Richard Harris.

"I remember him telling me when he moved to London he was about to buy a house but met Adam Faith who had shares in the Savoy and said he should have an apartment there with a river view, so that's what he did, that was the late 1970s.

The funeral will be strictly private but a memorial will be held.