Richard Jacques

Richard Adrian Jacques (/ks/;[2] born 2 April 1973) is a British composer of film, television and video game music. Best known for his critically acclaimed orchestral scores for blockbuster franchises such as James Bond 007: Bloodstone, Mass Effect, LittleBigPlanet 2, Alice In Wonderland, Starship Troopers and Headhunter,[3] Jacques has collaborated with numerous premier TV and movie theatre campaigns for some of the world's largest media agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and McCann Ericsson,[4] and global brands such as Audi, Bacardi, Mercedes-Benz and Stella Artois.[5] His music for television includes top brand shows for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.[6]

Richard Jacques
Jacques at the October 2007 Video Games Live's meet and greet event
Jacques at the October 2007 Video Games Live's meet and greet event
Background information
Birth nameRichard Adrian Jacques
Born (1973-04-02) 2 April 1973 (age 47)[1]
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
  • Composer
  • Musician
  • Arranger
  • Orchestration
Years active1994–present
LabelsLa-La Land Records
Sumthing Else Music Works
West One Music
Fired Earth Music

Early lifeEdit

Born in Leamington Spa, England, Jacques was interested in composing music from an early age. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London,[7] studying trombone and piano, and showed a keen interest in composition in multiple styles including orchestral, jazz and popular music genres. He then attended Wells Cathedral School[8] aged 16 as a Specialist Musician, where he also took up Percussion. In 1994 Jacques graduated with a Batchelor of Arts degree in Music from Colchester Institute / University of Essex.[9] He was immediately hired as an in-house composer at Sega Europe.


At Sega Europe, Jacques began by composing soundtracks for a number of Sega Saturn and Dreamcast games such as Daytona CCE, Sonic 3D, Jet Set Radio, Metropolis Street Racer and Jet Set Radio Future.[10]

Jacques's perhaps best known and acclaimed work at SEGA came with 2001's Headhunter[11] was the first video game soundtrack to be recorded with A-list musicians at Abbey Road Studios' Studio One[12]. The soundtrack was well received,[13] and won multiple awards including Game Audio Network Guild 'Recognition Award',[14] and was performed at the first Symphonic Game Music Concert at The Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Video Games Live events including the inaugural concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 2015.[11] Jacques left Sega Europe shortly after Headhunter's release and became a freelance composer, continuing his relationship with SEGA by scoring Headhunter: Redemption in 2004.

Jacques went on to compose the BAFTA[15] and Ivor Novello[16] nominated original music for James Bond 007: Blood Stone, which is a big energy score that immerses the audience in a thrilling, cinematic Bond experience. The score received top honours for "Best Original Composition" from the Music and Sound Awards 2012.[17] After this, Jacques composed the music for the Alice In Wonderland game, for Disney in 2010, and Little Big Planet 2 for Sony in 2011.

Soon after, Richard opened a new studio in central London AUDISSI where which he writes original music for new advertising, television. video games and other visual media projects, including an animated feature film. This included music for TV game-shows such as: The Crystal Maze, Fifteen to one,[18] Prize Island[19] and Catchphrase,[20] amongst other shows.

In 2018, Jacques was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award from the Game Audio Network Guild.[21]


Video games
Year Title Role Co-worker(s)
1995 Darxide Composition/arrangement Adam Salkeld
F1 Challenge (European ver.)
1996 Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition Kenichi Tokoi, Jun Senoue, and Tomonori Sawada
Shinobi X (European ver.)
Sonic 3D Blast (Sega Saturn ver.)
1997 Sonic R
2000 Jet Set Radio Hideki Naganuma and various others
Metropolis Street Racer
2001 Headhunter
2002 Jet Set Radio Future Hideki Naganuma and various others
Total Immersion Racing
2003 Headhunter: Redemption
2004 OutRun 2 Arrangement Hiroshi Kawaguchi and various others
EyeToy: Play 2 Composition/arrangement
2005 Starship Troopers
Pursuit Force
EyeToy: Play 3 Matt Coldrick
2006 Sega Rally 2006 Various others
OutRun 2006 Arrangement
2007 Mass Effect Composition/arrangement Jack Wall, Sam Hulick and David Kates
Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice Jeff Tymoschuk
Battlestations: Midway
2008 Conflict: Denied Ops
Sega Superstars Tennis
Hasbro Family Game Night
You're in the Movies
The Club Chris Chudley and Jesper Kyd
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood Steven Sim
2009 Sonic and the Black Knight Jun Senoue, Tommy Tallarico, Howard Drossin and various others
Battlestations: Pacific David Kates
2010 Alice in Wonderland: An Adventure Beyond the Mirror Wu Songming
Fluidity Allister Brimble and Anthony Putson
Alice in Wonderland
James Bond 007: Blood Stone
Sonic Free Riders Arrangement Tomonori Sawada and Koji Sakurai
2011 Sonic Generations Composition/arrangement Masato Nakamura, Tomoya Ohtani, Naofumi Hataya, Jun Senoue and various others
Fate of the World
2012 LittleBigPlanet: The Muppets Premium Level Kit
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
2013 Alice in Wonderland: A New Champion
Powerstar Golf
2014 Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal
2016 Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice
2017 Sonic Forces Recording engineer Tomoya Ohtani, Kenichi Tokoi, Naofumi Hataya and various others.
2019 Team Sonic Racing Composition/arrangement Jun Senoue, Tee Lopes, Tomoya Ohtani and various others.


  1. ^ Genes Reunited information.
  2. ^ "Richard Jacques - Play Fest Interview" on YouTube
  3. ^ "Music list from IMB".
  4. ^ "Game music connect - Agencies Richard has worked with".
  5. ^ "No sheet music - Clients of Jacques".
  6. ^ "Game music connect - BBC, ITV and Channel 4".
  7. ^ "Royal Academy Of Music".
  8. ^ "Wells Cathedral School".
  9. ^ "BA degree in Music".
  10. ^ "Work for SEGA".
  11. ^ a b Jacques's VGM Rush profile Archived 20 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "No Sheet Music - Headhunter composition at Abbey Road Studios".
  13. ^ "Headhunter (PAL Import) – Dreamcast Review at IGN". 7 January 2002. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  14. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2003".
  15. ^ "BAFTA nomination".
  16. ^ "Ivor Novello nomination".
  17. ^ "Music + Sound Award 2011".
  18. ^ "Fifteenth to one game show".
  19. ^ "Prize Island music".
  20. ^ "Catchphrase IMB".
  21. ^ "G.A.N.G awards - Life time achievement".

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