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Carl Davis CBE

28 October 1936 to 3 August 2023

An American-born British composer, who worked on more than 200 films and television series over seven decades. After moving to the UK in the 1950s, Carl Davis became a prolific composer who would win two BAFTAs, for his television work in 1981 (covering eight different productions) and The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) in 1982, and a Special Award in 2003. He also earned nominations for Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), his television work in 1984 (covering five productions), The Far Pavilions (1984), Silas Marner (1985), Fire and Ice/Hotel Du Lac (1986) and Cranford (2007-2009). He was also Emmy and Grammy nominated multiple times, won an Ivor Novello award and was appointed CBE in 2005. Other notable credits included the films Scandal, The Rainbow (both 1989), The Great Gatsby (2000), and for television Play for Today (1970-1981), The Snow Goose (1971), The World at War (1973), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Oppenheimer (1980), A Year in Provence (1993) and Pride and Prejudice (1995). Davis was also instrumental in reviving screenings of silent films with live orchestras and composed new scores for more than 50 classics.

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