Richard Rodney Bennett (1936 – 2012)

Extracted from Wikipedia:

Four years after the death there on 16 March 1932 of Harold Monro, the Cliff Combe Nursing Home, Broadstairs, saw the birth of Richard Rodney Bennett on 29 March 1936. He grew up to be a composer of film, TV and concert music, and also a jazz pianist and occasional vocalist. (See, or listen to, his scores for Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Enchanted April (1992).) He said that it was as if the different styles of music that he was writing went on ‘in different rooms, albeit in the same house’.

Like the subjects of previous posts – brothers Roland and Lionel Penrose, John Rickman – Bennett was a pupil at Leighton Park School.

In later years, in addition to his musical activities, Bennett became known as an artist working in the medium of collage. He exhibited these collages several times in England, including at the Holt Festival, Norfolk in 2011, and at the Swaledale Festival, Yorkshire, in 2012. The first ever exhibition of his collages was in London in 2010, at the South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre, curated by the Nightingale Project, a charity that takes music and art into hospitals. Bennett was a patron of this charity.

He was based in New York City from 1979 until his death there in 2012.

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