Raised in the North of England, Jim Copperthwaite studied piano and clarinet as a child and began writing music largely influenced by his introduction to Debussy, John Williams and Vangelis’ score for Chariots of Fire. Moving to London, he attended City University and Guildhall School of Music, where he graduated with a first-class degree. His immediate compositions lay firmly in the avant-garde, an approach that continues to inform his output today. Jim’s debut solo album ‘Ballroom Ghosts’ is a collection of pieces inspired by imagined melodies trapped in the beautiful ruins and decaying remnants of historic ballrooms. Among the dilapidation and dust exist the faint spectres of the dancers that took to its floors and the music that fuelled their graceful interplay.