Jeremy Holland-Smith is a composer, orchestral arranger and conductor who has amassed an extensive range of work in film, television, ballet, concert hall and theatre.
Jeremy’s musical training started from a young age as Head Chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral and went on to study at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, winning numerous prizes at both.
As a television and film composer, Jeremy’s most recent credits include composing the score for the feature film 'The Passing' (dir. Gareth Bryn) which won three 2016 BAFTA Cymru awards and for which Jeremy won the 2017 Music and Sound Award for Best Original Feature Film score, scoring the highly acclaimed BBC documentaries ‘I Shot my Parents’ (dir. Martin Webb) and ‘North Korea: Murder in the Family’ (dir. Jane McMullen) and the score for the return of the BBC series, 'The League of Gentlemen' (dir. Steve Bendelack). Jeremy was also the Music Consultant for the recent BBC adaptation of ‘Les Miserables’.
Previous scores for television include the BBC series' 'Frankie' and 'The Dumping Ground', the ITV film 'Doors Open' and has won awards for his advertising campaigns including ‘Phones 4U’ (winner of the 2012 Music & Sound award for Sound Design in Cinema Advertising) and scored the US campaign for Hertz.
Jeremy composed the score for Will Tuckett’s, 'The Secret Garden' which premiered in 2014 to critical acclaim and was reprised by the Sarasota Ballet in 2017. Also commissioned by the Sarasota Ballet was 'Changing Light' which premiered in 2012 and later reprised in 2017, choreographed by Will Tuckett.
Also in 2017, Jeremy continued his collaboration with the Docklands Sinfonia and was commissioned to compose 'The Caretaker’s Guide to the Orchestra’. Jeremy was subsequently nominated for a British Composer Award in 2018 for this work.
As an orchestrator and conductor recent work with Paul Englishby includes, ‘Queens of Mystery’, 'The Musketeers' (Series 2 & 3 BBC), 'Witness for the Prosecution' (BBC), 'Decline and Fall' (BBC), 'A Royal Night Out' (dir. Julian Jarrold) and his work with Murray Gold including 'The Musketeers' (Series 1 BBC), 'Life Story' (BBC) and 'Doctor Who' (BBC).
He has also worked closely with Joby Talbot on numerous projects including 'Psychoville' (BBC), 'Hunky Dory' (dir. Marc Evans), 'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland' (ROH), and 'Tide Harmonic' (Signum Records). In 2016, he orchestrated and conducted Joby’s score for Universal/Illumination’s hit film, 'Sing!', (dir. Garth Jennings) and ‘Out of Shadowland’, a new live Musical show for Disney Sea, Tokyo.
As a conductor, Jeremy has worked with many orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The City of Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Brussels Philharmonic. He made his debut at the BBC Proms in 2015 conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra in the 'Life Story' Prom presented by Sir David Attenborough and in 2016, conducted the same concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as part of the first BBC Proms Australia in Melbourne.
In theatre, Jeremy has been Musical Director and Composer on numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company (2004-2006), Musical Director for the highly successful West End musical Billy Elliot , directed by Stephen Daldry, (2007), Musical Director for the West End Premiere of The Lord of the Rings (2007), Musical Director for The Thief of Baghdad at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (2008) and Co-Orchestrator of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (ROH) (2011), choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.