Carl Davis

Davis Carl believes strongly that all music has a place in the world, and this is reflected in the diversification of his concert programming. Whether it be conducting or composing music for feature films, television, silent films, ballets and musicals as well as an Oratorio - his versatility is extraordinary.

Born in New York, Carl"s early years of work provided him with the broad musical background on which he continues to draw. In 1959 Carl and fellow student, Stephen Vinaver wrote the revue Diversions which won him an Obie (Off-Broadway). When it was presented at the 1961 Edinburgh Festival, and subsequently transferred to London, Ned Sherrin commissioned Carl to compose for That Was The Week That Was; paving the way for many radio and television commissions, such as the BBC"s Pride and Prejudice which was received with great acclaim all over the world. Other programmes include: The Snow Goose, The World At War, Hollywood, Cold War, The Far Pavilions, 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, King David, Widow"s Peak, Mike Leigh"s Topsy Turvy and The Book of Eve.

He has composed a unique series of scores for restored prints of "The Silents" originally commissioned by Channel Four in 1980. The series featured Abel Gance"s epic film Napoleon and in 1983 the French Minister of Culture presented Carl with the order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres after a screening of the film in Paris. A further restoration of this remarkable film (now lasting 5 ½ hours!) has been shown twice at the Royal Festival Hall since 2000 with Carl"s revised and extended score.

Live cinema performances of other classic films continue to take place around the world - showing one or more of the fifty "Silent" scores he has composed. Recently, The Freshman was premiered with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at The Annual Silent Film Gala, presided over by Dustin Hoffman.

Carl"s association with the London Philharmonic Orchestra has led to regular presentations of these classic films from the Silent era. Since 1997 they have included Ben Hur, Flesh and the Devil, Old Heidelberg, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Intolerance, The Crowd and The Big Parade; Chaplin"s Behind the Screen and King Vidor"s Show People at The Royal Festival Hall. A Chaplin Festival with the LPO included: The Cure & City Lights; The Adventurer & The Circus and The Immigrant & The Kid. Carl"s many CD recordings reflect the breadth of his musical enthusiasm - and include scores for many of the silent films, such as Phantom of the Opera which prompted one reviewer to remark: "...he has composed a lush score full of emotion. You"ll want to rush out and see the film".

In 1993 Carl became Artistic Director and Conductor for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra"s Summer Pops Season - a position he held for eight seasons. As part of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra"s 150th anniversary celebrations, Carl and Paul McCartney wrote a full length work entitled Paul McCartney"s Liverpool Oratorio premiered and conducted by Carl at the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool in June 1991 and subsequently around the world.

Chaplin"s "Mutuals" consist of 12 short films and are considered to be amongst his best works. Carl has now written and recorded the music to all twelve. A DVD of the first 6 is available and the second will be released in October 2005.

Composing music for dance is something Carl has a great love for. His principle works include A Simple Man (just released on DVD); A Christmas Carol for the Northern Ballet Theatre; The Picture of Dorian Gray for Sadler"s Wells and Alice in Wonderland for the English National Ballet (to be revived in 2006). Carl was commissioned by Scottish Ballet in 1999 to compose the music for Aladdin . He scored a one act ballet for Ballet Central"s UK tour of Pride and Prejudice: First Impressions based upon his original score for the Television series. He is presently writing the music for Cyrano de Bergerac with the well-known choreographer, David Bintley, Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet. This ballet will premiere in Spring 2007.

Carl diversified into radio with his own show. He first recorded a thirteen-week series entitled Carl Davis Classics for Radio 2 in 1997. Due to its popularity, the BBC commissioned additional series.

He made his debut in 1999 at the BBC Proms with a concert of film music with the BBC Concert Orchestra and he conducted Proms in the Park with the BBC-CO last year - he will conduct the concert again this September.

Carl first conducted the annual open air concert at Leeds Castle in 1983 and has done so ever since. This year, the Opera Babes joined Carl for the second year in a row, and as always........narrated by the lovely and inimitable John Suchet.

Carl has recorded many albums with several orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. Some feature his own compositions, such as The World at War, (a new version of The World at War is available on CD and boxed DVD set); Pride and Prejudice, Champions and The Silents. A very successful Christmas Album was recorded with The Halle recently and a CD is about to be released with Sir Willard White, Carl and the BBC-CO.

In 1992 he received an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University and in 1994 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by his old College "Bard" in New York. More recently, Carl was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music by Liverpool University. In 2003 Carl received a BAFTA Special Lifetime Achievements Award for his contribution to the worlds of Film and Television. In the same year, he was awarded Best Score for An Angel for May at the Ale Kino Film Festival in Poland.

Carl has just been was awarded the CBE (Hon.) for the significant contribution he has made to Music as a Conductor and Composer over the years.

Little wonder that Carl is becoming known by the name of........"Flamboyant Genius"!

Carl lives in London. He is married to actress, Jean Boht and they have two daughters, Hannah and Jessie.

Film Theme Classics - Favourite Collection - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Davis (CD)

Film Theme Classics - Favourite Collection - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Davis (CD)

Film Theme Classics - Favourite Collection - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,Carl Davis - 44819 - Sound..


Willard White in concert (CD)

Willard White in concert (CD)

Willard White in concert - 36665 - Classical music..


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