Ministerial Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2019, Dr Trevor Jones received a Ministerial Lifetime Achievement Award, from the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), for his outstanding contribution to film composition.

The DCAS awards celebrate excellence in the fields of language, arts and culture, and heritage. The organisation, which functions as part of the Western Cape Government, was formed to unite people through sport and culture, as well as to create funding opportunities to encourage and facilitate creative engagement throughout South Africa. 


During Trevor's time in South Africa he spoke with Martin Meyers, founder of Music Exchange. 

Martin tries to find out more about what makes Trevor 'tick.'

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

Helping to make clear the narrative and bringing out the meaning of a scene by writing music with the appropriate emotional weight.

Are you famous?

I hope not!

What do you think of when you are writing a score?

Am I making the audience feel what the screenwriter and director intend, and how can I surpass their expectations and achieve this in an original way.

What drives you…Ego or humility? 

A bit of both.

Your heroes?

Leonardo da Vinci, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Alan Turing…and my uncle Norman.

Which living person do you admire most and why?

Sir Timothy Berners Lee the inventor of the World Wide Web.

The internet has changed communication forever, and he has given it to the world freely, with no patent and no royalties due.

What is your most treasured possession?

My Steinway piano.

It’s your round: What are you drinking?

As much as possible.

What makes you stand out?

My need to educate the next generation. My interest in the world, in people, in love and death.    

Martin Myers, Bizcommunity, 2019