Star-studded evening at Sidmouth theatre

THE MAN who orchestrated music for such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Goodbye Mr Chips, will have some of his well-known brass band music performed at Sidmouth s Manor Pavilion on Thursday, November 19.

THE MAN who orchestrated music for such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Goodbye Mr Chips, will have some of his well-known brass band music performed at Sidmouth's Manor Pavilion on Thursday, November 19.

Gordon Langford from Seaton and his wife Elaine, will be guests of honour at the latest fund-raising event for Kennaway House - A Note to Remember - at the Manor Pavilion Theatre on Thursday, November 19.

Gordon, 79, will hear clarinetist Chris Gradwell from Beer and jazz musician Andrew Daldorph (piano) play some of his pieces.

With an international reputation, especially for his work for brass bands, some of his pieces will also be played by Sidmouth Town Band.


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"I am not a composer, I worked on composers' sketches to orchestrate them, prepare a full score, like putting the colours in a black and white picture," said Gordon, who helped create the King's Singers unmistakable sound, working with them since their first album in 1971.

"I did mostly folk songs at the end of the programme, it was great fun," said Gordon, who had the Gordon Langford Sextet "then Orchestra and Trio", performing mainly on radio.

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Gordon moved to Seaton nearly 30 years ago and is modest about his musical achievements, which won him an Ivor Novello award in 1971.

"I still get the occasional commission but I am nearly 80," he said. "Things take rather longer than they used to, but I am still writing."

He is looking forward to the Sidmouth concert, organised by soprano Val Howels who will also perform, with Vicky Barrett signing for the deaf.

The Blackmore Singers will add their own eclectic contribution.

"Val is a brilliant impresario as well as a fine singer," said Dr Michael James, chairman of Kennaway House.

"She has worked very hard to put an amazing programme together and it will be a great evening. We are very grateful to her.

"Although the restoration is complete and the house buzzing with activity, we do still need to raise funds.

"Some of the work still has to be paid for and we need funds to meet the cost of some of our events, such as the three exhibitions we have already given for talented new artists, who cannot afford to pay commercial rates for our gallery."

A Note to Remember starts at 7.30 pm, with Roland Sanders as Master of Ceremonies. Tickets at �9 are available from the theatre's box office (01395) 514413.

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