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Howard Blake

Composer, The Avengers, 1968-69

by David K. Smith

Born 12 February 1938 in London, England, Howard Blake grew up in Sussex and, at the age of 18, won the Hastings Festival Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music and later became a Fellow there. Beginning as a composer and conductor for television and cinema, he eventually expanded his musical career to include ballet and theater, composing scores for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Ballet Rambert, and The Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet.

Although he is still a prolific composer to this day, he is likely best known for his highly acclaimed score for The Snowman, an instant classic widely regarded as a masterwork. Other notable compositions include a piano concerto commissioned by the Royal Festival Hall for Princess Diana's 30th birthday—Blake himself was the soloist at the gala premiere in 1991—and his Violin Concerto, which premiered in the 1993 Leeds International Concert Season.

Blake is also renowned for his choral works, as well as songs and chamber music. With over 500 compositions to his credit, he was awarded an OBE in 1994 in recognition of his services to all forms of music.

Avengers-wise, he was hired to help compose incidental music for some of the Tara King episodes, as Laurie Johnson was busy working on a musical at the time. The specific episodes featuring Blake's work include:

Howard Blake has an official website which is an incredibly detailed resource. Highly recommended.

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