Gordon Langford (Gordon Langford)

Gordon Langford

Gordon Langford won an Ivor Novello Award for best light music composition for his March from the Colour Suite in 1971. He is perhaps best known as a brass band composer and arranger, with a string of CDs to his name. In particular, the test pieces Facets of Glass and Rhapsody for trombone are well known. In addition, he also arranged the works of other composers, such as Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams. Langford’s career had a notable relationship with the BBC. Some of his compositions and arrangements were used as Test Card music in the 1960s and ’70s, with such titles as Hebridean Hoedown, The Lark in the Clear Air and Royal Daffodil being remembered by Test Card aficionados. He also wrote and arranged music for Friday Night is Music Night, as well as numerous other BBC programmes. A CD of his original compositions for orchestra performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Rumon Gamba was released in 2003. Gordon Langford produced many choral arrangements for the King’s Singers in the 1970s. He was also known for his theatre compositions, such as The Crooked Mile and The House of Cards. Langford was often used by Hollywood as a score orchestrator, with Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman II, The First Great Train Robbery, Clash of the Titans and Return to Oz to his name. In 1974 Gordon Langford released a demo album entitled The Amazing Music of the Electronic ARP Synthesizer. This contained several compositions of his own, plus cover versions, played entirely on the then new innovation, the ARP synth, of pieces as diverse as “Yellow Submarine”, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”, “Cocktails for Two”, “Light Cavalry Overture” and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. Later compositions include his Berceuse and Burlesque for bassoon and orchestra, performed on 1 February 2008 at Axminster. He died in April 2017.


  • May, 01, 1930
  • United Kingdom
  • Edgware, London, England


  • April, 18, 2017
  • United Kingdom
  • Devon, England

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