Alex Heffes

…is a lead­ing light among UK com­posers

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

IN­SPIRED AS a lit­tle boy by the Star Wars theme tune, 35-year-old Alex Heffes has grown up to be­come one of the UK’s most suc­cess­ful film mu­sic com­posers. If you see the Os­car-tipped film The Last King of Scot­land, it will be his mu­si­cal score that you lis­ten to.

Born to a Sephardic Egyp­tian fam­ily, Mr Heffes tells Peo­ple: “I love com­pos­ing and was lucky to be aided early on in my ca­reer by the Academy for Young Jewish Artists, which of­fered me fi­nan­cial sup­port.

“I love the op­por­tu­nity to com­pose mu­sic, whether it be jazz, pop or or­ches­tral. It’s so en­joy­able; it’s not like a job.” Mr Heffes also wrote the mu­sic for the Os­car-win­ning fea­ture doc­u­men­tary One Day In Septem­ber and the Bafta-win­ning Touch­ing the Void.

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