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date: 02 June 2020

Addinsell, Richard (Stewart)locked

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(Stewart)

(b London, Jan 13, 1904; d Chelsea, London, Nov 14, 1977). English composer. After a brief spell at the RCM (1925–6), he began his career contributing songs to revues and incidental music for stage plays. An early and productive collaboration began in 1928, when he wrote incidental music for Adam's Opera by the writer Clemence Dane (1882–1965). He continued to work with her until her death, most notably for the combined version of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Other projects included the play Moonlight is Silver (where he met Gertrude Lawrence, who recorded the title song), and The Saviours, Dane's cycle of religious plays for radio. By 1936 he had started scoring for feature films and documentaries, his first major success coming with Goodbye Mr Chips in 1939. A chance meeting with Joyce Grenfell (1910–79) in 1942 resulted in a close friendship and numerous collaborations on songs which initially appeared in West End revues, such as ...

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