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date: 25 August 2019

Morley, Angela [Stott, Wally; Stott, Walter]locked

  • Marie Fitzpatrick

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[Stott, Wally; Stott, Walter]

(b Leeds, March 10, 1924; d Scottsdale, AZ, Jan 14, 2009). English composer, arranger and conductor , active in the USA since the 1970s. Morley – a transsexual, known until the early 1970s as Wally Stott – played the clarinet and saxophone in dance bands, notably with the bandleader Geraldo (1944–8). She began to write band arrangements, influenced by Robert Farnon, and studied composition with Seiber (1947–50) then Hugh Wood (1966–7) and conducting with Walter Goehr (1949). While composing for BBC radio and TV in the 1950s and 60s, including the music for Hancock’s Half Hour and The Goon Show, she arranged for Philips Records and was a conductor and arranger for singers such as Frankie Vaughan, the Beverley Sisters and Shirley Bassey.

From the early 1970s she worked mainly in film music; among her scores is that for the animated film Watership Down...

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