Classic FM speaks to Jeff Wayne about the latest incarnation of his musical version of H.G. Wells' War Of The Worlds.
The famous composer of The War of the Worlds who has specialised in classical and jazz music throughout his career.
- Born into a musical family in New York, Jeff Wayne is the son of Jerry Wayne who was famed in the musicals circuit, most notably for Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls.
- Wayne found his love for music from a young age specialising in classical and jazz.
- Having chosen music as his career path he was given a break by his own father who was creating a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, something that he was able to contribute to.
- Following on from his success working on his father’s production, Wayne went on to work on television and commercial jingles before moving on to film music and album composition.
- In 1977 he began working on War of the Worlds, a compelling mix of progressive rock, hard rock, classical and literary influences.
- He went on to guest many times with the London Symphony Orchestra, leading them in the performances of highlights from his War of the Worlds compositions.
- Post War of the Worlds Wayne went on to produce a musical version of Spartacus, which included Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Did you know?
Such is the success of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, it has spawned a number of computer games, DVDs, live tours and multiple versions of the album.
The composer talks about bringing his famous adaptation of H G Wells’ novel to the world's stages.
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