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Bennett, Sir Richard Rodneylocked

Kt 1998; CBE 1977

Born 29 March 1936; s of H. Rodney and Joan Esther Bennett; died 24 Dec. 2012

composer; Visiting Professor of Composition, Royal Academy of Music, since 1995


Leighton Park Sch., Reading; Royal Academy of Music


Works performed, 1953–, at many Festivals in Europe, S Africa, USA, Canada, Australia, etc. Writer of music for numerous films including: Indiscreet; The Devil’s Disciple; Only Two Can Play; The Wrong Arm of the Law; Heavens Above; Billy Liar; One Way Pendulum; The Nanny; Far from the Madding Crowd; Billion Dollar Brain; Secret Ceremony; The Buttercup Chain; Figures in a Landscape; Nicholas and Alexandra; Lady Caroline Lamb; Voices; Murder on the Orient Express (SFTA award; Academy Award Nomination; Ivor Novello award, PRS); Permission to Kill; Equus (BAFTA Nomination); The Brinks Job; Yanks (BAFTA Nomination); Return of the Soldier; Four Weddings and a Funeral; Swann; also the music for television series: The Christians; L. P. Hartley trilogy; The Ebony Tower; Tender is the Night; The Charmer; Poor Little Rich Girl; The Hiding Place; The Story of Anne Frank; Gormenghast (Ivor Novello award). Commissioned to write 2 full-length operas for Sadler’s Wells: The Mines of Sulphur, 1965, A Penny for a Song, 1968; commnd to write opera for Covent Garden: Victory, 1970; other compositions include: Symphony No 1, 1965; Symphony No 2, 1967; (children’s opera) All the King’s Men, 1969; Guitar Concerto, 1970; Spells (choral work), 1975; Sonnets to Orpheus, 1979; Symphony No 3, 1987; Concerto for Stan Getz, 1990; Concerto for Trumpet, 1993; Partita, 1995; Reflections on a 16th Century Tune, 1999; Rondel (for large jazz ensemble), 1999; On Christmas Day (choral work), 1999; Seven Country Dances (for oboe and strings), 2000; Songs Before Sleep, 2003; Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song, 2004. Publications include: chamber music, orchestral music, educational music, song cycles, etc; articles for periodicals, about music


Cinema, modern jazz, painting


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