SimplyMedia TV will release BBC series Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist (DVD)

We are delighted to report that SimplyMedia TV will release the BBC series Oliver Twist (1962) on 21st August 2017.

This series includes music composed by Ron Grainer.

This will be an excellent opportunity to discover if Ron composed more than just the main theme with which we are already familiar.

It's also a rare opportunity to see the acclaimed character actor Peter Vaughan in an early performance as Bill Sikes!

Photo added

We have added a photo to Ron's biography page

 

Recipients of Ivor Novello awards include Ron Grainer Cliff Richard Helen Shapiro Matt Monro Anthony Newley Johny Dankworth presented by Billy Butlin Katie Boyle 13.05.62

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales concert of Cult TV Classics

St. David's Hall, Cardiff

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales present a concert of Cult TV Classics at 21.00 on Saturday 25th March 2017.

They will be joined by three members of The Radiophonic Workshop: Mark Ayres, Paddy Kingsland and Roger Limb, and the programme will include Ron's themes for Doctor Who & The Prisoner.

More details can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e853d4

Reply letter by Ron Grainer to Gerald Lovell

Reply Ron Grainer to Geoff Lovell 01 s

In 1980 film buff Gerald Lovell wrote to Ron, enclosing a list of what he believed to be a definitive list of his film and TV scores to date, and asking him several questions about his career.

We don't know precisely what questions were asked, but they can be guessed from Ron's replies.

They begin with a reference to Doctor Who, and Ron's replies are extremely illuminating!

Read the letter here...

Tales of the Unexpected Episode Guide

Tales of the Unexpected

Tales Of The Unexpected Episode Guide

Ron Grainer "The Australian Years"

Ron Grainer "The Australian Years"

An excellent blog about Ron Grainer:

While the details of Australian composer Ron Grainer's music career in England are quite extensively described online, Rons early life in Australia has always been something of a mystery. Also links to:

Ron Grainer "The European Years" blog
and
Ron Grainer "A Collectors Guide" blog

Ron Grainer's second play On The Level

On The Level
"Delia and Unit Delta Plus created music and sound effects for Ron Grainer's second play On The Level, a musical which opened in late February 1966 at The Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool and was repeated at the Saville Theatre in London, opening on 19th April 1966."

More on the Wikipedia page!

The Omega Man - Score Analysis

The Omega Man
Score Analysis by Dirk Wickenden
Originally published in Legend, issue 24 (1997)
The Goldsmith Film Music Society journal
Text reproduced by permission of the author, Dirk Wickenden, including minor updates in 2013.

"WINDSOR - GUESTS OF THE DUKE"

Ron gets royal guided tour of Windsor Castle! British Pathé video clip.

"Various shots of the cast and crew of the film 'Some People' are shown around the outside of the castle by Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh). Commentator tells us the film deals in part with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme."

London Music Works - The Film & TV Theme Extravaganza

http://www.silvascreen.com/LMW/images/main.gifLondon Music Works - The Film & TV Theme Extravaganza

London Music Works - The Film & TV Theme Extravaganza,

Islington Assembly Hall,
Upper Street,
N1, 2UD London,

9th July

THE MAIGRET THEME & OTHER FILM AND TV THEMES SINGLES

Vocalion have released "Ron Grainer & His Orchestra THE MAIGRET THEME & OTHER FILM AND TV THEMES SINGLES".

You can order here... Content:

The Maigret Theme
ORIGINAL LP ACL 1135 (1963) FIRST TIME IN STEREO

  • The Maigret Theme (Grainer)
  • Bistro (Grainer)
  • Night Prowl (Grainer)
  • Petit Louis (Grainer)
  • Arlette (Grainer)
  • Golden Fleece (Grainer)
  • Getaway (Grainer)
  • Along the Boulevards (Grainer)
  • Lost Memory (Grainer)
  • Poker Face (Grainer)
  • Ginette (Grainer)
  • Thieves’ Den (Grainer)
  • Midnight in Montmartre (Grainer)
  • The Maigret Theme (Grainer)

other film and TV themes singles
Recorded between 1961-77

  • Petit Louis (from TV series “Maigret”) (Grainer) RG
  • That Was the Week that Was (Grainer; Sherrin) RG
  • Indian Blues (Grainer) RG
  • Station Six Sahara (from film) (Grainer) RG
  • Theme from the film “Sparrows Can’t Sing” (Bart) RSO
  • The Seventh Dawn (from film) (Ortolani; Webster) RSO
  • Main theme from film “Lolita” (Harris) TRO
  • My Lost Love (from film “Big Red”) (Sherman; Sherman) IRCO TR
  • Sky West and Crooked (from film) (Arnold) TW
  • Madrigal (from film “The Chalk Garden”) (Arnold) TW
  • The Kiss (theme from TV series “Love Story”) (Parnell) JP
  • “The Hidden Truth” theme (from TV series) (Parnell) JP
  • The Iron Maiden (from film) (Rogers) ER
  • Sweet and Sour (the “Bootsie and Snudge” TV series theme) (Franks; Rusby) GF
  • Theme from the TV series “Sam Benedict” (Riddle) GF
  • “Hand in Hand” theme (from film) (Black) SB
  • The Last Tycoon (from film) (Jarre) JD

Singles’ artists: RG Ron Grainer & his Orchestra; RSO Roland Shaw Orchestra; TRO The Raymonde Orchestra; IRCO Ivor Raymonde, his Chorus & Orchestra; TW The Wayfarers; JP Jack Parnell Orchestra; ER Eric Rogers & his Orchestra; GF Gordon Franks & his Orchestra; SB Stanley Black, his Piano & Orchestra; JD John Dankworth with the Maurice Jarre Orchestra

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Sleeve notes were written by Geoff Leonard & Pete Walker.

Film Score Montly re-issue Ron's The Omega Man CD

In a surprise move, indeed, we believe, an unprecedented move, Film Score Monthly have re-issued Ron's The Omega Man CD. This was originally issued a few years ago and strictly limited to 3000 copies, but on deciding to reissue it, Lukas Kendall was influenced by a number of factors.

Principal amongst these was the demand from collectors and the availability of an improved master, but he also took into consideration the criminals selling CD-Rs of the original on eBay for vast sums and not being able to prevent it.

The new CD does not feature liner notes — only a six-panel fold-out booklet — but the complete original liner notes as well as new commentary prepared for this edition can be downloaded free on the FSM site.

"John Barry - The Man With the Midas Touch"

We are delighted to announce that our new book "John Barry - The Man With the Midas Touch" will be published this autumn, to coincide with John Barry’s 75th birthday in November.

Pre-order now! Please visit our John Barry website.

New section added to filmography / discography

Once again we are delighted to announce some very welcome updates to the site, with many thanks to Damian Grainer and to our regret with great delay on our side.

New photo added

Mr. Marcus Brierley has graciously sent us a photo of Ron in Portugal ca. 1971 working with the Portuguese water boring  engineers.

Link to The Sunday Times article on the Doctor Who theme

From The Sunday Times March 11, 2007 The regeneration game. Update the theme tune for Doctor Who? I’d rather take on the Daleks, says Dan Cairns Article...

New material added

We're delighted to announce some very welcome updates to the site, with many thanks to Damian Grainer. These range from a photo of father and son (and dog!) to Ron's Pianoforte grade examination results!

Photos of Ron Grainer added to site

We are extremely grateful to Marjorie Scully, nee Grainer, Ron's sister, for providing us with two excellent photos of Ron - the first we have. We hope to add more over the following weeks ...

Ron Grainer entered in the Australian Dictionary of Biography

Ron Grainer's sister and only sibling Marjorie Scully has informed us that next year Ron will be entered in the next edition of The Australian Dictionary of Biography. At last.

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/grainer-ronald-erle-12558

Ron Grainer entry on the EXPERIMENTAL PROTOTYPE BBC Programme Catalogue

We have added a link to the Ron Grainer entry on the EXPERIMENTAL PROTOTYPE BBC Programme Catalogue (update April 2010, link now says "This experimental prototype trial has now concluded."

Tales of the Unexpected CD to be released

Breaking News

We are pleased to announce that a new CD featuring over 70 minutes of Ron's music from Tales of the Unexpected will be released later this year. Compiled from the master tapes relating to a number of episodes, this long-overdue album will be warmly received by all fans of this marvellous composer.

More details when we have them ....

Additions to biography, discography

Thanks to Jenny Grainer, Roger Goodman and the British Film Institute we are pleased to announce a significant update to the Ron Grainer site.

Corrections and additions have been made to the biography and several more film and TV credits have been added, most of them previously unknown to your authors.

We will continue to add to the website as and when new material comes to hand. In the meantime, please tell your friends about our site!!!

Additions to biography

Many thanks to Jenny Grainer for updating our biography of Ron. As time goes by we hope to be expanding it considerably and also adding photos.