Paul Mottram was classically trained as a violinist, pianist and composer at the Royal College of Music, Cambridge University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. With eclectic musical tastes and an acute analytical ear he quickly developed the skills and versatility required to write outstanding music for film and television.
Initially Paul worked as on orchestrator on films such as Chaplin, Shirley Valentine and Rain Man and was also heavily involved with the restoration and re-recording of William Walton and Malcolm Arnold’s “lost” film scores of the 1940s and 1950s.
Soon specialising as a composer, Paul started working in the world of advertising and wrote music for commercials such as Pizza Hut, Tetley, Renault, Hitachi and JVC. From these small but exacting canvasses, Paul started composing music for BBC radio 4 in shows such as In the Red, Babblewick Hall and Rigor Mortis and then television with the hit spoof documentary series People Like Us. Recent television work includes The Shelbourne, The Big House, Bank of Dave and Kirstie’s Handmade Britain.
Over 500 of Paul’s compositions are to be found in the production music libraries of Audio Network and Boosey & Hawkes (Imagem) and his music has featured on many notable films and television programmes. These include Bad Santa, The Bee Movie, Spooks, Hustle, Coast, The Restaurant, Who Do You Think You Are, QI, Dr Who, Panorama and many, many more.