About John Altman
Emmy and BAFTA Award Winning Composer John Altman is responsible for the music in three infamous scenes in cinema history: “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life” in Monty Python’s Life of Brian (arrangement, conducting, and whistling); The “Tank Chase” cue in the James Bond movie GoldenEye; and the band on deck playing “Nearer My God To Thee” in James Cameron’s Titanic (as historical music advisor, arranger, and producer).
In addition to his film and television work, John has performed on saxophone with some of the greatest luminaries of the past 40 years: Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Amy Winehouse, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Nick Drake, Jimmy Page, Chet Baker, Sting, Andy Summers and many, many more.
John has had a long-running association with Monty Python, beginning as the music arranger and conductor for the Beatles parody project, The Rutles All You Need Is Cash, created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. Altman has also made multiple related onstage appearances with Innes and the Pythons.
John serves on the board of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), and is a member of the governing Council of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).