Angela Morley


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

Performable compositions


A large body of light music commissioned and published by Chappell & Co between 1950 and 1970.

‘Kehaar’s Theme’ (from film Watership Down) for alto sax & Orch.

‘When Eight Bells Toll’ (from film of same name)

‘The Looking Glass War’ (from film of same name)

‘White Wing’ (from an episode of TV series ‘Hotel)


‘Four Characters’ for clarinet & piano 1983 (Novello)

‘Kehaar’s Theme’ for alto sax & piano.

 Incidental Music

Scores for the following films:

 ‘Will any Gentleman’ 1953

‘For Better for Worse’ 1954

‘It’s Never too Late    1955

‘Happy Go Lucky’ 1956

‘The Lady is a Square’ 1957

‘The Heart of a Man’ 1958

‘The World of Florentine Sculpture’  1962

‘The World of Florentine  Painting’   1963

‘The Looking Glass War’ 1969

‘Captain Nemo and the Undersea City’ 1969

‘When Eight Bells Toll’ 1970

‘The Little Prince’  1973/4   (Academy Award Nomination)

‘The Slipper & the Rose’  1975/6 (Academy Award Nomination)

                                                       (BAFTA Award Nomination)

‘Watership Down’ 1977 (Ivor Novello Award Nomination)

 Scores for the following TV films:

‘Friendships, Secrets & Lies’ (Warner Bros. 1979)

‘Madame X’ (Universal 1981)

‘Summer Girl’ (Finnegan Associates 1983)

‘Threesome’  (CBS 1984)

 Scores for episodes of the following TV series:

 ‘Wonderwoman’ (3)

‘McClain’s Law’ (4)

‘Emerald Point’ (10)

‘Two Marriages (2)

‘Dallas’ (25)

‘Hotel’ (12)

‘Dynasty’ (9)

‘The Colby’s’ (4)

‘Falcon Crest’ (7)

‘Blue Skies’ (4)

‘Cagney & Lacey’ (1)

‘Island Son’ (1)

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

             Leopold Stokowski

            Frederica von Stade

            Barbara Hendricks

            Placido Domingo

            London Symphony Orch.

            Pittsburgh Symphony Orch.

       (*) Royal Philharmonic Orch.


             Boston ‘Pops’ Orch.

             Cincinnati ‘Pops’ Orch.

        (*) Sergio Franchi

        (*) Mel Torme

        (*) Rosemary Clooney

        (*) Marlene Dietrich

        (*) Noel Coward

         (*)Petula Clark

         (*)Rosemary Squires

             Julie Andrews 

             Itzhak Perlman

             Yo Yo Ma

             Joshua Bell

             John Williams

             Michel Legrand            

             Nelson Riddle

             Benny Goodman Band

        (*)Jon Hendricks

             Norman Luboff Choir

       (*) The BBC Radio Orch. (as resident conductor 1974-78)

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

                 ‘Gentlemen Marry Brunettes’

                 ‘The Victors’

                 ‘Come Fly with me’

                 ‘ Judith’

                 ‘ Jesus Christ Superstar’



                  ‘The Empire Strikes Back’



                  ‘Death Trap’

                  ‘The Verdict’

                  ‘The Day After’

                  ‘The Right Stuff’

                  ‘Karate Kid’

                  ‘Critical Mass’

                  ‘Home Alone I’

                  ‘Home Alone II’


                   ‘Schindler’s List’

 She has conducted recordings in London, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Paris, Milan, Luxembourg and Vienna. In 1990, she made a suite from Alex North’s music for the film ‘Street Car Named Desire’.

 Angela Morley has been awarded: 3 Emmy Awards, 11 Emmy Award Nominations, 2 Academy Award Nominations, an Ivor Novello Award Nomination and a British BAFTA Award Nomination.

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

 She served for ten years on the Music Branch Executive Committee of the Academy  of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

She was a founding governor of the Society of Composers & Lyricists.

Angela Morley is at present living in Scottsdale, Arizona.