- Lewis Foreman
(b Haddenham, Bucks., Nov 15, 1922; d Forncett, January 5, 2003). English composer. She learnt the cello with Peers Coetmore before entering the RAM in 1941 where her first study was the piano. After winning all composition prizes at the Academy she became a sub-professor of composition there from 1946 to 1948; she also lectured in music at Furzedown College, London (1946–61). She came to notice with her first orchestral work, an overture suggested by John Masefield’s novel Odtaa, which was performed by the LPO under Adrian Boult in 1947 and later broadcast. A second overture, Bishop Rock (1952), and a Concerto for Piano and Strings (1946–8) confirmed her promise. She was the first composer chosen from the RAM for the J. Arthur Rank Apprenticeship Scheme in 1947 to study film music and she wrote music for over 30 films, including the official film of the Coronation and two films in which music took the place of dialogue: ...