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Composer Angela Morley dies

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Angela Morley, one of the UK’s leading musical arrangers and composers, has died at the age of 84.

In 1953 she began a long association with Philips Records, arranging for the company’s leading light-entertainment artists, including Shirley Bassey and Dusty Springfield. She also wrote the theme tunes for Hancock’s Half Hour and was the musical director for The Goon Show. In her later career she scored several US drama series including the top soap Dynasty. She orchestrated and arranged the music for the film of The Little Prince and in 1978 was music supervisor for the Sherman’s Brothers’ film of The Slipper and the Rose. She won Oscar nominations for both films.

Morley was a transsexual woman and was born Wally Stott. She underwent gender assignment surgery in 1972.

She died on January 14, 2009. A full obituary will appear in The Stage newspaper.

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