Jim Rattigan


Jim Rattigan studied french horn at Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. While a student, he was a founder member of the European Community Youth Jazz Orchestra (Eurojazz). On leaving college he joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra where he was a member for six years. During this time he also worked with the Bobby Lamb/Ray Premru Big Band and played on the Mike Gibbs album ‘By The Way’.

Jim formed Pavillon in 2000 and recorded 'Unfamiliar Guise'. In 2004 His solo recordings include 'Jazz French Horn' (2004), 'Shuzzed' (2010) and 'Strong Tea' (2011).

He has performed all over the world, both as a jazz soloist and as a band member of various groups. These include the Michael Brecker Quindectet, the Charlie Haden/Carla Bley Liberation Music Orchestra, Django Bates’ Delightful Precipice, Brad Mehldau with the Britten Sinfonia, the Guy Barker Big Band and the Simon Purcell Octet. Jim has toured and recorded with the Mike Gibbs band, the Hans Koller band with Steve Swallow and Bill Frisell, the Julian Arguelles Ensemble and the London Sinfonietta.

Jim has played on numerous film scores including several James Bond movies, Lord Of The Rings, Batman, The Bourne Ultimatum, Moulin Rouge, Shrek and many more. He has also written music for film T.V. and radio. Jim has worked with many pop artists including Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Pulp, Damon Albarn, Adele. He has also toured with Nigel Kennedy’s group, recorded with the Folk singer June Tabor and performed with Blues singer Michael O’Callaghan.

"it is nothing short of a revelation to see the french horn so seamlessly adapted to the jazz repertoire in Rattigan's hands." London Jazz