The British-Australian arranger, ballet composer and conductor John Lanchbery was born in London on 15 May 1923. He studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and won the Henry Smart scholarship.
His fifty-five year career included work for BBC TV, Sadler's Wells, The Royal Ballet, Australian Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, but he is best known for his successful collaboration with Frederick Ashton on Hérold's La Fille mal gardée.
John Lanchbery died in Melbourne on 27 February 2003 aged seventy-nine.
CD Spotlight. Great Entertainment - SOMM Recordings' second volume of film music, enjoyed by Gerald Fenech. 'Iain Sutherland and his Promenade players display no want of energy and each track is tackled with effervescence and enthusiasm, making the music sound even more exciting than it was thought to be.'
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