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CARL DAVIS

Born in New York, Carl Davis continues to draw on his early years of work, which provided him with his broad musical background. In 1959, with his fellow-student, Stephen Vinaver, he wrote the revue Diversions which won him an Obie (Off-Broadway). When it was presented at the 1961 Edinburgh Festival and from there to London, Ned Sherrin commissioned him to compose for That Was The Week That Was, paving the way for many radio and television commissions, from the BBC’s acclaimed Pride and Prejudice to The Naked Civil Servant and Good Night Mr Tom. His feature film scores include The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Champions, Scandal, Ken Russell’s The Rainbow, Widow’s Peak, Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy and The Book of Eve. Carl Davis has composed a unique series of scores for restored prints of silent films, originally commissioned by Channel 4 in 1980. The series featured Abel Gance’s epic film Napoleon and in 1983 the French Minister of Culture presented him with the order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres after a screening of the film in Paris.

Live cinema performances of other classic films continue to take place around the world, and his association with the London Philharmonic Orchestra has led to regular presentations of these classic films from the silent era. For eight years Carl Davis held the post of Artistic Director and Conductor for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Summer Pops Season. As part of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 150th anniversary celebrations, he and Paul McCartney wrote Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, given its première under Carl Davis at the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, in June 1991 and subsequently around the world.

He has shown particular skill in composing music for dance, with a number of ballet scores to his credit. In 1999 he made his début at the BBC Proms with a concert of film music with the BBC Concert Orchestra. The association continues with Proms in the Park. In 1992 he received an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University and in 1994 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by his old College ‘Bard’ in New York. More recently, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Liverpool University. In 2003 he received a BAFTA Special Lifetime Achievements Award for his contribution to the worlds of film and television. In the same year he received an award for Best Score with An Angel for May at the Ale Kino Film Festival in Poland. In July 2005 he was awarded the CBE (Hon) for the significant contribution he has made to the world of music as both composer and conductor over the years.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Naxos 8.501062
MONSTER MUSIC - Classic Horror Film Scores Naxos 8.506026

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
20TH CENTURY ENGLISH BALLETS Naxos
8.553495
Ballet
DAVIS, C: Aladdin Naxos
8.557898-99
Ballet
DAVIS, Carl: A Simple Man (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0914D
Ballet DVD
DAVIS: Christmas Carol (A) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101193
Ballet DVD
GREAT MOVIE THEMES (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Carl Davis) Naxos
8.570505
Film and TV Music
GREAT MOVIE THEMES 2 (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Carl Davis) Naxos
8.572111
Film and TV Music
PANDA CLASSICS - Issue Nos. 1-3 (3CD box set) Naxos
8.503204
Ballet

Role: Arranger 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 

Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
DAVIS, C: Aladdin Naxos
8.557898-99
Ballet
FRANKEL: Curse of the Werewolf / The Prisoner / So Long at the Fair Medley Naxos
8.557850
Film and TV Music
GREAT MOVIE THEMES (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Carl Davis) Naxos
8.570505
Film and TV Music
GREAT MOVIE THEMES 2 (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Carl Davis) Naxos
8.572111
Film and TV Music
Min Forste Klassiske Musik (My First Classical Music Album) Naxos
8.578232
Film and TV Music
My First Classical Music Album Naxos
8.578203
Film and TV Music
My First Violin Album Naxos
8.578215
Film and TV Music
PANDA CLASSICS - Issue Nos. 1-3 (3CD box set) Naxos
8.503204
Ballet
ROMANCE OF THE SILVER SCREEN (The) Naxos
8.578005-06
Film and TV Music





 
 
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