John Du Prez
JOHN DU PREZ, MA (Oxon), B.Mus., ARCM, was a Trevelyan Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford. In 1976 he joined the staff of London University’s Music Department, but soon devoted himself to composition full-time. He entered the film industry in 1978 contributing additional music for Monty Python’s Life of Brian. This began a 30-year association with Eric Idle. In their current writing partnership, Not The Messiah brings their work full circle. Their stage musical Spamalot has won them a Tony award for Best Musical and a Grammy award for Best Original Cast Album, and has just opened its fifth company in Australia with more to follow in Europe, Asia, and South America. He has scored more than 20 feature films, including A Fish Called Wanda, The Meaning of Life, A Private Function, Once Bitten, A Chorus of Disapproval, the cult classic UHF, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I, II, and III. Other Python projects include The Contractual Obligation Album, Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl, and The Fairly Incomplete and Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Book.