Giles Packham (Vice Chair)

An accomplished composer and multi-instrumentalist with an international profile, Giles Packham has been working in the music, film and television industry for over 20 years.

Giles has built an international profile as a composer writing for film and television specialising in scoring to picture for feature length documentary and animation projects. He has composed music for a wide array of formats including international animation series, Frameworks animations, IFB Shortcuts short film, feature length film, documentary, feature documentary, and other television projects for national and international clients.

Recent documentary projects include the score for the award-winning feature documentary I, Dolours (2017); Smithsonian Network series Sacred Sites of the World (2015, 2017); the IFPA winning BBC-RTE production My Astonishing Self (2017) and the upcoming feel-good feature documentary The Man Who Wanted to Fly (2019).  Other documentary work includes title music and score for RTE's popular The Zoo TV Series (2009-2016), RTE’s 1916 documentary Seven Women (2016) and score for the feature documentary Children of the Revolution (2011). 

Animation projects include score for the 52-part animation series Tashi (2014 Irish-Australian co-production); score for 26-part animation series Lexi & Lottie (2016 Irish-Australian co-production) and the multi-award winning Irish short animation Paperman (2013). Giles has recently completed work on the score for a 13-part Chinese-Danish animation series.

Giles is a founder member and vice chair of the newly established Screen Composers Guild of Ireland which aims to promote the creative craft of original music composition for screen as a valuable element within the Irish music and audiovisual cultural industries.

Giles studied music composition in Trinity College Dublin where he received an MPhil in Music & Media Technologies in 2000. Since then he has attained a diploma in Film Music Composition with University of California Los Angeles/Screen Training Ireland. Over the years he has studied composition and orchestration with leading Hollywood composers and orchestrators including Jeff Atmajian, Conrad Pope, Bob Drasnin and the late Don Ray. He also studied under Irish composers Roger Doyle and Donnacha Dennehy.