Carl Davis

Born in New York in 1936‚ Carl Davis studied composition with Paul Nordoff and Hugo Kauder‚ and with Per Nørgaard in Copenhagen. In 1959 the revue Diversions‚ of which he was co-author‚ won an off-Broadway Emmy and travelled to the Edinburgh Festival.

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As a result of its success‚ Davis was commissioned by Ned Sherrin to write music for "That Was The Week That Was." Other radio and TV commissions followed and Davis’s UK career was launched. A frequent broadcaster, he presented his own show for many years on BBC Radio 2. He has been honoured on both sides of the Atlantic, receiving a BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award, and a CBE (Hon.)

Carl’s compositions include scores for Ballets, Operas and concert suites derived from film scores and vocal‚ choral‚ instrumental and chamber music. His collaboration with Paul McCartney on his Liverpool Oratorio received record sales (EMI). Film and Television scores include The World At War‚ The Snow GooseChampions‚ The French Lieutenant’s Woman (winner of BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards), Pride and Prejudice (Ivor Novello nominated), and Cranford. Scores for more than fifty silent films include Ben-Hur‚ The Thief of BagdadThe General, and Chaplin's Mutuals  - a cycle of 12 shorts all with original Davis music. His score for The Phantom of the Opera was the first silent film to be performed at the Royal Opera House (2006), conducted by Davis. He collaborated with Paul McCartney on his Liverpool Oratorio which received record-breaking sales (EMI). 

Recent highlights include the US premiere of Napoleon (San Francisco Film Festival), Clarence Badger’s It (Turner Classic Movie Festival, Los Angeles), the UK premiere of his ballet Aladdin, music for the BBC's most recent Upstairs Downstairs (nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for Best Television Soundtrack), a large-scale commission "Last Train to Tomorrow" on the subject of the Kindertransport (Hallé Orchestra), the release of his new score for The Freshman on Blu-Ray (Criterion) and concerts and films across the Globe. 

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