Musical Variations: The Life Of Angela Morley
Stuart Barr uncovers the colourful career of British comedy composer and transgender pioneer, Angela Morley
- BBC Radio 4
- Stuart Barr and Angela Morley
- Chris Taylor
In 1972, Wally Stott's transition to Angela Morley made front page news. Wally was famous. He was the composer for the radio series The Goon Show and Hancock's Half Hour, and music director to stars like Frankie Vaughan and Shirley Bassey.
"TV Music Man changes his sex" screamed the headlines. But where would Angela go from here? Stuart talks to her friends and colleagues to discover how she made her mark in the music business - as a woman and as a man.
He also explores the special qualities of the music she wrote and arranged, from the famous Hancock tuba theme to her work alongside John Williams on movie blockbusters such as Star Wars and Superman.
- Production company
- Laugh track
- First broadcast
- Tuesday 23rd February 2016 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
- Episode length
- 30 minutes
- Last repeat
- Saturday 27th February 2016 at 3:30pm