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I start this time with a well respected composer for brass bands of the present day. Kenneth Downie has published a St Austell Suite, in three movements (entitled A Jaunt Around the Town, Holy Trinity Churchyard, St Austell Band), Bridgwater Intrada, Princethorpe Variations, Purcell Variations and Music for a Joyful Occasion as well as many arrangements, notably of hymn tunes.

Now for a few female composers who worked in films either side of 1939, if not as famously as Doreen Carwithen and Elisabeth Lutyens, previously noted. Ursula Grenville wrote a score for the documentary The Key to Scotland (1935), Molly Berkeley for another documentary Out To Play (1936). Two others contributed a song each to a feature film score mainly written by others: Mabel Buchananís Thoughout the Years (For Give Me the Stars, 1944, music otherwise uncredited); and Anna Marleyís The Hullalooba (for Dead of Night, 1945, whose music was otherwise by the Frenchman, Georges Auric).

While on British film composers of the great period of 1936-60, we should put in a mention for John Veale (born 1922), a composer of symphonies and orchestral pieces like Elegy and Metropolis but this otherwise serious composer, born in Kent and who studied and later taught at Oxford University wrote scores for the films The Purple Plain (1954) and The Spanish Gardener (1956) and also for TV.

Finally, a more modern TV composer is Andy Davies whose scores have included that for the BBC documentary The Land (2002)

Philip L Scowcroft

April 2002

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