Rael Jones is a Composer and Multi-Instrumentalist, based in London.
He recently completed the score to Fox Searchlight romantic thriller My Cousin Rachel, starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, directed by Roger Michell. Recorded and mixed at Air Studios with a 60 piece orchestra, the soundtrack album will be released by Sony Classical in June, to co-incide with the film’s international cinematic debut.
Sony Classical also released Rael’s score to the Weinstein Company feature Suite Française, starring Michelle Williams, Kristen Scott Thomas and Sam Riley and directed by Saul Dibb. The film is based on the Irène Némirovsky novels about the German occupation in France, with a stunning orchestral and piano score recorded and mixed at Abbey Road Studios.
Rael is currently writing for Hulu & ITVs 8-part series “Harlots”, set in the 18th Century brothels of London, and written, directed and produced entirely by women. The boldly anachronistic soundtrack mixes heavy electronica and stoner rock genres, reflecting the present-tense experiences and rebellious nature of the women depicted in the programme.
His other scores include Supersonic, the Oasis feature documentary from the producers of the Oscar winning “Amy”; The TV adaptation of Zadie Smith’s NW directed by Saul Dibb, the coming-of-age drama Kids In Love, starring Cara Delevingne and Will Poulter, and the feature documentary Still The Enemy Within about the British Mining strikes of the 1980s.
Rael has also contributed additional music for the four series of the BBC’s hit drama Sherlock, working with composers David Arnold and Michael Price. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the series in 2016. Other Additional Composition credits include Everest, Horrid Henry: The Movie; and Island.
Creatively and technically adept and flexible, Rael has adopted many roles on feature films including: Music Producer, Orchestrator, Music Editor, Music Programmer and Session Musician. Rael worked on Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Les Misérables as Additional Orchestrator, Music Editor and Music Programmer, for which he won a Golden Reel Award at the 2013 MPSE Awards in LA. Other notable film credits include Steve Jobs, The Danish Girl, Alan Partridge, The Inbetweeners Movie and Hyde Park on Hudson (as Music Editor), and Wild Target and Wild Child (as Music Producer).
Rael has a very strong musical background, rooted in classical training from the age of 6. He graduated from the Tonmeister Course with First Class Honours, winning both available prizes for Composition. His writing stems from improvisation and live performance, and he is a highly accomplished player of many instruments: from Piano, Guitars and Drums to quirkier items like Autoharp and Musical Saw.
Never one to shy from the limelight, Rael regularly plays gigs around the UK, including touring and TV appearances as a guitarist with Guillemots front man Fyfe Dangerfield, as well as with his own band Thumpermonkey. He has also appeared on BBC One’s Junior Apprentice, as a composer working with the finalists. Rael released a solo instrumental album Mandrake last year to critical acclaim.