Angela Morley

English composer/arranger/orchestrator/conductor. Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England 1924. After high school became professional woodwind/sax player/arranger, touring in bands starting at age 15, broadcasting from age 16 and recording at 17. From 1946-50 studied harmony, counterpoint and composition with Matyas Seiber. During same period studied conducting with Walter Goehr.

Performable Orchestral Compositions

Kehaar’s Theme  (from film Watership Down)  for alto sax & orchestra
Venturing Forth  (from film Watership Down)
Concert Suite  (from film Watership Down)
When Eight Bells Toll  (from film of same name)
The Looking Glass War  (from film of same name)
Medley  (from film Captain Nemo and the Undersea City)
Theme  (from TV film Madame X)
White Wing  (from an episode of TV series Hotel)
Blues for Alexis  (from an episode of TV series Dynasty)
A Tender Mood for solo violin & strings
The Liaison for solo cello & strings
Rêverie for solo violin & strings
Valse Bleue for solo flute & strings
Harlequin for clarinet & strings
A Canadian in Mayfair
My Autumn Love
Rotten Row
Snow Ride

Performable Chamber Compositions

Four Characters for clarinet & piano   1983  (Novello)
Kehaar’s Theme for alto sax & piano
Valse Bleue for flute & piano
Harlequin for clarinet & piano
Rêverie for violin & piano
A Tender Mood for violin & piano
The Liaison for cello & piano
The Liaison for cello, oboe/english horn and piano
The Liaison for cello, violin, viola and piano

Film Scores

Holiday Week (Hindle Wakes)   1952
Will Any Gentleman...?   1953
For Better, for Worse   1954
It’s Never Too Late   1956
Happy Go Lucky   1956
The Lady is a Square   1957
The Heart of a Man   1958
Peeping Tom   1960
The World of Florentine Sculpture   1962
The World of Florentine Painting   1963
The Looking Glass War   1969
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City   1969
When Eight Bells Toll   1970
The Little Prince   1973/4   (Academy Award Nomination)
The Slipper and the Rose   1975/6   (Academy, BAFTA Award Nominations)
Watership Down   1977   (Ivor Novello Award Nomination)

TV Film Scores

Friendships, Secrets & Lies   1979   (Warner Bros.)
Madame X   1981   (Universal)
Summer Girl   1983   (Finnegan Associates)
Threesome   1984   (CBS)

TV Series Scores

Angela Morley has scored the indicated number
of episodes for the following TV series:

Dynasty   (9)
Falcon Crest   (7)
Dallas   (25)
Hotel   (12)
The Colbys   (4)
Cagney & Lacey   (1)
Wonder Woman   (3)
McClain’s Law   (4)
Two Marriages   (2)
Blue Skies   (4)
Emerald Point N.A.S.   (10)
Island Son   (1)

Film Score Contributions

Angela Morley assisted on the following films as either
orchestrator, arranger, conductor or part composer:

Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial
Home Alone
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
The Right Stuff
The Verdict
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Day After
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
Come Fly With Me
The Victors   (orchestrations + arrangement for Frank Sinatra)
Death Trap
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes
Used Cars
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Fire and Ice
The Buddy System
The Madwoman of Chaillot
Max Dugan Returns
The Brink's Job
Charley Moon
Dance Hall
Happy Go Lovely
The Man Who Had Power Over Women
Mass Appeal
The Karate Kid
Schindler’s List


Angela Morley has written arrangements, and in
some cases (*) conducted, for recordings by:

London Symphony Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra *
BBC Radio Orchestra *  (as resident conductor 1974-78)
BBC Concert Orchestra
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Cincinnati ‘Pops’ Orchestra
Boston ‘Pops’ Orchestra
John Williams
Leopold Stokowski
André Previn
Placido Domingo
Mel Tormé *
Rosemary Clooney *
Helen Forrest *
The Polka Dots *
Marlene Dietrich *
Noël Coward *
Petula Clark *
Rosemary Squires *
Sergio Franchi *
Julie Andrews
Itzhak Perlman
Yo Yo Ma
Michel Legrand
Nelson Riddle
Benny Goodman Band
The Beverly Sisters *
The Kaye Sisters *
Roy Castle *
Ronnie Carroll *
Shirley Bassey *
Diana Dors *
Anne Shelton *
Frankie Vaughn *
Harry Secombe *
Muriel Smith *
Dusty Springfield *
Scott Walker *
Frederica von Stade
Barbara Hendricks
Jon Hendricks *
Maria Ewing
Keith Lockhart
Stanley Donen
Norman Luboff Choir
The Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Discography since 1980
  Listed by LP/CD release date

Aisle Seat - Great Film Music
John Williams with Boston ‘Pops’ Orchestra
(1982)  LP version: Philips Records 6514 328 or 7337 328
(1989)  CD reissue: Philips/Polygram 411 037-2
(1) “Tara Theme” - Gone With The Wind
       Max Steiner   arr. Angela Morley
(2) “Main Theme” - Friendly Persuasion
       Dimitri Tiomkin   arr. Angela Morley

Digital Jukebox
John Williams and the Boston ‘Pops’ Orchestra
(1987)  Philips Records 422 064-2
(1) “Ebb Tide”
       Robert Maxwell   arr. Angela Morley
(2) “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”
       Sammy Fain   arr. Angela Morley

Music Of The Night - Pops On Broadway
(1990)  Sony Classics SK 45567
(1) “No One Is Alone” - Into The Woods
       Stephen Sondheim   arr. Angela Morley
(2) “Music Of The Night” - Phantom Of The Opera
       Andrew Lloyd Webber   arr. Angela Morley

The Green Album
John Williams and the Boston ‘Pops’ Orchestra
(1991)  Sony Classics SK 48224
(1) “America”
       Paul Simon   arr. Angela Morley
(2) “Wind On The Water” - The Last Whale
       Graham Nash   arr. Angela Morley

Mel Tormé Christmas Songs
Cincinnati Sinfonietta - Keith Lockhart
(1992)  Telarc CD-83315
(1) ”The Christmas Song”
       Mel Tormé and Bob Wells   arr. Angela Morley
(2) “It Happened In Sun Valley”
       Mack Gordon and Harry Warren   arr. Angela Morley
(3) “The Christmas Waltz”
       Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen   arr. Angela Morley
(4) “White Christmas”
       Irving Berlin   arr. Angela Morley

Joy To The World
John Williams and the Boston ‘Pops’ Orchestra
(1992)  Sony Classics SK 48232
     “Christmas Night Medley”
       Traditional arrangement by Angela Morley

John Williams and the Boston ‘Pops’ Orchestra
(1992)  Sony Classics SK 53380
(1) “Unforgettable”
       Irving Gordon   arr. Angela Morley
(2) “My Funny Valentine”
       Richard Rodgers   arr. Angela Morley
(3) “Lover”
       Richard Rodgers   arr. Angela Morley

Night and Day - Celebrate Sinatra
John Williams and the Boston ‘Pops’ Orchestra
(1993)  Sony Classics SK 47235
(1) “Night and Day”
       Cole Porter   arr. Angela Morley
(2) “Strangers in the Night”
       B. Kaempfert, E. Snyder, C. Singleton   arr. Angela Morley

It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
(1994)  Sony Classics SK 66294
John Williams and the Boston ‘Pops’ Orchestra
       Irving Berlin   arr. Angela Morley

Two Sides
(1995)  Cambria Records #1075
     “Kehaar's Theme” from film Watership Down
       Jack Reidling on piano
       Leo Potts on saxophone
       Composed by Angela Morley

The Hollywood Sound
John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra
(1996)  Sony Classics SK 62788
(1) “Fantasy For Orchestra” - The Wizard Of OZ
       arr. Angela Morley
(2) “The Last Emperor”
       arr. Angela Morley
(3) “Theme” - The Best Years Of Your Life
       arr. Angela Morley

Cinema Serenade
John Williams and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
with Itzhak Perlman
(1996)  Sony Classics SK 63005
(1) “I Will Wait For You” - The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
       Michel Legrand   arr. Angela Morley
(2) “Main Title” - Out Of Africa
       John Barry   arr. Angela Morley
(3) “Love Theme” - Cinema Paradiso
       Andrea Morricone   arr. Angela Morley

Holiday Pops
Keith Lockhart and the Boston ‘Pops’ Orchestra
(1997)  RCA Victor 63252
     “Christmas Waltzes”
       Arranged by Angela Morley

The Great British Experience
(1997)  EMI CDGB50
     “A Canadian in Mayfair”
       Conducted by Sidney Torch
       Composed by Angela Morley

Watership Down  (Original 1977 Film Soundtrack)
(1998)  PEG Recordings Peg 022 A 28896
       Music composed by Angela Morley (50 mins)
       except music by Malcolm Williamson (5:43 mins)
       and Mike Batt (2 mins)

Cinema Serenade II
John Williams and the Boston ‘Pops’ Orchestra
with Itzhak Perlman
(1999)  Sony Classics SK 60773
(1) “Laura's Theme” - Laura
       David Raksin   arr. Angela Morley
(2) “St. Patrick’s Day” - The Quiet Man
       Traditional arr. Angela Morley
(3) “Theme” - My Foolish Heart
       Victor Young   arr. Angela Morley
(4) “Tara Theme” - Gone With The Wind
       Max Steiner   arr. Angela Morley
(5) “Cathy’s Theme” - Wuthering Heights
       Alfred Newman   arr. Angela Morley

The Latin Album
Keith Lockhart and the Boston ‘Pops’ Orchestra
(2000)  RCA Victor 09026-63717-2
       Astor Piazzolla   arr. Angela Morley

The Slipper and the Rose  (1976 Film Soundtrack)
(2001)  Image Entertainment IMG3062
       Music composed by Richard and Robert Sherman
       Arrangements by Angela Morley

Soft Lights & Sweet Music
The John Wilson Orchestra
(2001)  Vocalion CDSA 6803
       Arrangements by Angela Morley

Twilight Memories: Vintage British Light Music
(2002)  Asv Living Era #5419
     “Mock Turtles”
       Composed by Angela Morley

London Landmarks
The Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Gavin Sutherland
(2002)  Asv Living Era #2138
     “Rotten Row”
       Composed by Angela Morley

The Film & Television Music of Angela Morley
The John Wilson Orchestra
(2003)  Vocalion CDSA 6807
       Track 1 arranged by Angela Morley
       Tracks 2-17 composed by Angela Morley

The Little Prince  (Original 1974 Film Soundtrack)
(2004)  Decca 299702
       Music by Frederick Loewe
       Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
       Arranged and orchestrated by Angela Morley

In 1990, created a suite from Alex North’s music for the film A Streetcar Named Desire.

Conducted recordings in London, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Paris, Milan, Luxembourg and Vienna.

Has frequently been invited to give lectures at the University of Southern California to students studying film scoring.

Served for ten years on the Music Branch Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and was a founding governor of the Society of Composers & Lyricists.

Awards and Nominations: 3 Emmy Awards, 11 Emmy Award Nominations, 2 Academy Award Nominations, an Ivor Novello Award Nomination, a British BAFTA Award Nomination and a British Burt Rhodes Award.

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