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Richard Rodney Bennett

Publisher: Novello & Co

Bennett comes up with a huge range of striking colours and translucent textures to match words perfectly designed for music. The scoring for unaccompanied choir is hugely imaginative. — George Hall, The Independent on Sunday

(Bennett) is a wonder fully natural lyric composer. The highlight was his version of the full text of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, conceived as an exquisite, dreamy ballad, which Lemalu floated magically. — Andrew Clements, The Guardian
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Career Highlights:
  • 2008 receives Honorary Doctorate from University of London
  • 2005 Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song in memory of Her Majesty the Queen Mother commissioned at the request of HRH The Prince of Wales
  • 1998 knighted for Services to Music
  • 1974 writes film score to Murder on the Orient Express
  • 1965 The Mines of Sulphur commissioned by Sadler’s Wells Opera
  • 1957-8 studies in Paris with Boulez

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