Roy Budd (1947 – 1993), was a British Jazz pianist, film composer, conductor, producer, arranger and charity worker. His best known score for cult classic Get Carter highlights just a tiny fraction of his prolific career (highlights below), which you can explore here on the pages of the Official Roy Budd website.

Child Prodigy

A Piano Prodigy from the age of three, Jazz was Roy Budd’s first love. From that age, when he was already tapping Knees Up Mother Brown with one finger, the piano effortlessly remained his favourite instrument. Self taught, Roy had already won several contests. In 1952 he met one of his favourite pianists, an admiring Winifred Atwell, who talked of his exceptional gift. A few months later he made his official debut at the London Coliseum. Read more about Roy’s early career here.

Best Pianist Of The Year – 5 Times In A Row 

By the age of fifteen, Roy’s passion for Jazz was such that he started to perform professionally after being nominated and winning as best pianist of the year at Classical Venues, Jazz Pools and Contests. This steered him on to the world’s most renowned stages and he became a star attraction of Television and Radio.

His Friendship With Antônio Carlos Jobim 

Roy’s attraction for Brazilian Rhythm took him to Rio de Janiero where he met Antônio Carlos Jobim, this was the start of a lifetime friendship.

His Definitive Trio 

Roy created his definitive Trio together with Chris Karan on Drums and Pete Morgan on Bass. Read more about his performances as a trio here.

Duet With Oscar Peterson

Roy appeared on stage with many famous Artists. The U.S. NBC Channel organised a 40 minute programme with Oscar Peterson and Roy playing piano together.

The Composer 

At twenty-two years old, his career took a different course. He started to compose for film music and rapidly acquired an international reputation as a film composer. He wrote the music for more than forty films. Read more about Roy’s varied works as a film composer here.

Charity Work

From the age of six and throughout his career, Roy gave his time to a vast number of charitable causes. Roy became more and more active with charitable works and created his own Charity Foundation. Discover more about Roy’s charity work here.

Last Symphonic Score For The Phantom Of The Opera 

At the peak of his creativity he composed, arranged and conducted a 93 minute symphonic score for the original 1925 film, The Phantom of the Opera but this was not to be his last work. Read more about the new DVD release of this astounding piece of work here.

Last Work And First Opera 

In 1992, the Director of the Berlin Oper and world famous Stage Director Gotz Friedrich, commissioned Roy to write his first Opera Britannicus. In 1993 he was already working on following this up with an operatic film version of Britannicus.