Music

As a child I listened to music when the lights went off as it helped me to sleep.

I have been performing music since the age of 6, and started composing a couple of years later. This early exposure to music was largely choral liturgical so it’s not surprising that I began writing in this genre first. My older sisters listened to lots of different music and were a big influence on my young tastes. In the school holidays I made mix tapes of pop tunes they had passed on to me.

Throughout secondary school, college and university I became friends with a number of brilliantly inspiring musicians, many of whom are now at the top of their fields, across the music industry.

Choral Music

My first experience of music was as a choirboy at Bath Abbey, and then at St Paul’s Cathedral.  We sang daily as part of the age-old great Anglican choral music tradition. Surrounded by the music of Howells, Britten, Stanford, Parry, Mozart, Bach, Bruckner and Byrd, my ear grew accustomed to lush harmony (especially Howells) and serene melodies, which I tried to imitate on a practice room piano at weekends. Over the years, the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir commissioned many new works by British contemporary classical composers for the English Anthems CD series, including works by William Mathias, John Taverner and Francis Jackson and Francis Grier. Often, the composers would come in to talk to the choir about the pieces before they were recorded on to disc, which was particularly inspiring for a young composer.

The Cool Web : A Robert Graves Oratorio

The Cool Web is a WW1 oratorio for baritone, choir and orchestra based on the war poetry of Robert Graves, with a libretto compiled by Sue Curtis.

And There Was Light : A Christmas Oratorio

And There Was Light is a fresh, invigorating and dramatic re-telling of the Christmas story for boys and girls choirs, chamber ensemble and narrator. 

When The War Came

When the War Came is an oratorio for children’s choir, narrator, and orchestra, written in commemoration of World War One, written by Jools Scott and Sue Curtis.
- Fine Times Recorder on Jools Scott's The Cool Web -

"his choral writing is simply sublime..."

Film Music

My love of film music sprung from watching endless Spielberg/Williams/Lucas work in the 80’s, with a sprinkle of Silvestri, Horner and Elfman. Later, the music of Morricone, Schifrin, Hermann, Nyman and Glass opened up a world of different possibilities and a wider understanding of the ways music can complement, lead and follow picture on screen.

Departure

Andrew Steggall’s Departure was my first feature film score. The film was co-funded by the BFI and stars Juliet Stevenson and Alex Lawther.

The Door

The Door,  a film by Andrew Steggall starring Charles Dance, Harriet Walter, Thomas Hardiman, Elliot Cowan and Tobias Menzies.

Marilyn Myller

Marilyn Myller is a short film from BAFTA winner Mikey Please (An Eagleman Stag).  The score was a collaboration between Beth Porter and Ben Please (Bookshop Band) and myself.

The Great Escape

The Great Escape is a short film direced by Shelagh McLeod (Peak Practise). The score was done on zero budget and is produced using East West Quantum Leap Symphony Orchestra.

"Jools Scott’s tastefully sparse score..."

Opera and Musical Theatre

Meeting librettist Sue Curtis in 2007 resulted in a heavy shift towards Opera and Musical Theatre.  Collaborating with her on Vice was my first experience of composing for the stage.  This lead on to performances and workshops at the Arcola Theatre and Soho Theatre, as well as a workshop at Birkbeck College.  Our second stage show, a short opera called Demon Lover, went into production at the Arcola Theatre. We have lectured on the process of turning a short story into an opera at the University of North Carolina and Arcadia University for the last 7 years.

Vice the Musical

Vice is the first collaboration between Sue Curtis and me, and represents the beginning of an incredible writing partnership. Vice is a savage re-imagining of Middleton’s 1606 play The Revenger’s Tragedy, a Jacobean tale of sex, intrigue and revenge.
- The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton on Scott & Curtis's Vice -

“Extraordinary musical and lyrical skill..”

Video Game Music

Writing music for video games is a unique and time-intensive task.  The process uses a lot of the same skills as writing music for film, especially for the mini-movie cut scene passages.  Understanding of game structure and the software used to integrate the music into the game is also vital.  I’ve worked on two video game scores since starting out as a professional composer.. most recently an the inspiring, and intreguing debut from independent software house Salix Games.

Dance Of Death : Du Lac & Fey

Dance Of Death : Du Lac & Fey was my first major computer game score. It was written in collaboration with superstar game composer Jeff Rona. The theme of the game comes from The Dance Of Death from Vice.
- A Steam reviewer on Dance of Death : Du Lac & Fey -

"the music is subliminal but very beautiful..."

The Wrong Piano

The Wrong Piano is a new creative outlet for Jools Scott; a vehicle to explore solo piano in a meditative and cathartic way.  The core idea is familiar piano songs but with particular care and attention paid to creativity and musicality. Finding new colours and journeying with the listener to new places.

The Most Relaxing Christmas Album Ever

Recorded through the dark November nights, the album is a reflection on 30 years of taking part in the tradition of Christmas music. From the age of 8 as a choirboy, to doing sing-a-long piano bar sessions in my 30’s.
- Ear To The Ground Music on The Most Relaxing Christmas Album Ever -

" the perfect background for reflecting on your year..."