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Brian Bennett


Brian Bennett was born in London in 1940 and by the late 1950s was one of the most sort after percussionists around.

He was drummer in residence at the legendary 2 Is in Soho and a regular on Jack Good’s ground breaking T.V. show “Oh Boy”.

In 1961 he was invited to join Cliff Richard and The Shadows and wrote many of the hit songs from the films including “Summer Holiday”, “Wonderful Life” and “Finders Keepers”.

In the 1970s he became Cliff Richard’s musical director and formed The Brian Bennett Orchestra touring the world including the first concerts to be staged in Russia.

By the mid 1970s Brian was in demand as an arranger, conductor and record producer and had already started composing for film and television.

During the 1980s he was busy writing and recording music for a wide range of programs including “Dallas”, “Knots Landing”, “Pulaski”, “The Royal Wedding”, “BBC Golf Theme”, “The Sweeney”, Dennis Hopper’s film “The American Way” and Ellen Barkin and David MacCullum’s “Terminal Choice”.

In 1990 he won the Ivor Novello Award for best score for a television series “The Ruth Rendell Mysteries”.

From the 1990s to 2000 he was still in demand, his more recent commissions being, the long running series “The Knock”, “Nomads of the Wind”, “Global Sunrise”, “The Harpist”, “David Jason in his Element”, “Living Britain”, “Dirty Work” and “Murder In Mind”.

In 2001 Brian was the proud recipient of the Gold Badge Award given by the Academy of Composers & Songwriters Society and also won the Royal Television Society Craft & Design Award 2000/2001 for Best Original Title Music for “Murder In Mind”.

2002 sees Brian working on the second series of “Murder in Mind” for Paul Knight Productions.

He lives and works in Hertfordshire where he runs his own recording studio and record label.