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Angela Morley

Multi-talented musician Angela Morley was a composer, arranger and MD and wrote the theme tune for Watership Down and TV programmes such as Dynasty. She began her professional career as Wally Stott, MD for The Goon Show, before undergoing a sex change in 1972.

Morley was born Walter Stott on March 10, 1924 in Leeds, and as a youngster could play a variety of musical instruments. He played alto saxophone with various bands, including Oscar Rabin, and in 1944, joined the Geraldo Orchestra, famous for its BBC broadcasts.

He went on to work as an arranger and conductor working for the Phillips Recording label and had a long spell as MD with the Goon Show. He also wrote the theme tune for Hancock’s Half Hour.

In the sixties, he wrote numerous film scores, notably for When Eight Bells Toll and The Looking Glass War.

In 1972, he became Angela Morley, taking his mother’s maiden name.

Morley worked on the musical arrangements for the Bryan Forbes film The Slipper and the Rose and The Little Prince and in the seventies worked as an arranger with John Williams on music for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. At the same time, she was in demand as a conductor with the BBC Radio Orchestra.

She moved to America where she was much in demand writing or arranging music for top rating TV shows including Dallas, Cagney & Lacey, Falcon Crest and Wonder Woman.

More recently, she founded the Chorale of the Alliance Francaise of Greater Phoenix, for which she wrote numerous arrangements of French songs.

She died on January 14, 2009, aged 84.

As Wally Stott, he married twice. His first wife Beryl Stott predeceased him. In 1970, he married Christine Parker. She stayed with him after the sex change and survives him.

Patrick Newley

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