Ardley, Neil (Richard )
- Simon Adams
(b Wallington, England, May 26, 1937; d Milford, Derbs., Feb 23, 2004). English composer. He first played piano and tenor saxophone, and after graduating from Bristol University (1959) he studied arranging and composition with Raymond Premru (1960–61) and Bill Russo (1962). From 1964 to 1968 he directed the New Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble that provided a forum for its members to perform their own compositions; among the musicians in the group were Harry Beckett, Jack Bruce, Ian Carr, Mike Gibbs, Jon Hiseman, Don Rendell, Barbara Thompson, and Norma Winstone. Several of these played in the occasional orchestra that Ardley subsequently led under his own name (1969–81). He wrote music for both orchestras, notably the multimovement work Kaleidoscope of Rainbows, which was recorded on an album of the same name in 1976 (Gull 1018). In 1988 he formed Zyklus with Warren Greveson and John L. Walters to perform improvised electronic music utilizing the Zyklus Midi Performance System; the group recorded its first album, ...