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From the 1930s to the 1950s, Britain's finest classical composers - including Britten, Vaughan Williams and Walton - wrote music for movies. Find out more here about some of their finest achievements.
We have one Muir Mathieson (1911 – 1975) to thank for so many great British films scores. He was the 'Tsar of music for British films' who conducted on the soundtracks of more than a thousand movies. Mathieson's genius was to chose first rate composers to write soundtracks, and then arrange and conduct them himself. During his wartime service with the Ministry of Information, Mathieson commissioned film scores from Arthur Bliss, William Walton, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Malcolm Arnold.
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