Biography of Bennett Richard Rodney (Sir):
Bennett studied at the Royal Academy of Music and in Paris under Boulez 1957-9. An exponent of 12-note music he has been one of the most versatile of recent of British composers, writing symphonies, operas, ballets and for voice, piano and various avant garde chamber ensembles. He has been a life-long enthusiast for jazz, supporting himself while a student as a jazz pianist, and has since become as skilled a jazz composer as performer. Most recently his fame rests on his film scores, amongst which were Far From the Madding Crowd, Murder on the Orient Express, Equus and Four Weddings and a Funeral.