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Albert Elms

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Albert Elms 28 February 1920 – 14 October 2009 was a British composer and arranger who worked mainly for television and film

Albert Elms was born in Newington, Kent, England, and died in Southampton He joined the Royal Marine Band Service at Deal in 1934, took part in the Vaagso raid in 1940 and served on the Malta Convoys in 1941-42

After Albert left the Royal Marines he joined Francis Day and Hunter the music publishers as a music arranger His break into television came with the launch of commercial television in Britain during 1955 He made a contribution to ITV's The Adventures of Robin Hood 1955–59 with Richard Greene in the lead, writing the musical scores for at least two series He also wrote musical scores for The Buccaneers 1956–57, starring Robert Shaw, The Adventures of Sir Lancelot 1956–57, starring William Russell, and Ivanhoe 1958–59 with Roger Moore However, he is best known for providing incidental music for later ITC series such as Man in a Suitcase 1967–68, The Champions 1968-69 and for 14 of the 17 episodes of The Prisoner 1967–68 starring Patrick McGoohan

Although the series on which Albert did most work had memorable main title scores by others such as Ron Grainer and Tony Hatch, he provided cues which represent hundreds of hours of music His contribution has recently been recognised with the release of his complete incidental music for Man in a Suitcase on CD

On occasions he also wrote complete film scores for movies such as Satellite in the Sky 1956, The Man Without a Body 1957, On the Run 1958, Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons 1960, The Breaking Point 1961, The Omegans 1968, and the film version of Love Thy Neighbour 1973

He also served as musical director of The Benny Hill Show for three episodes of the 1973–74 season, substituting for Ronnie Aldrich He wrote the Corps quick march, On Parade, for The Royal Logistic Corps which formed in 1993 He lived for more than 40 years at the family home in the village of Oad Street near Borden in Kent

Albert Elms had three sons, Martin, David, and Jeremy His wife Jo predeceased him in 1990

References

  • "Albert Elms: light music composer" obituary The Times 11 November 2009 Retrieved 12 November 2009 

External links

  • Albert Elms on IMDb

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