Leonard Salzedo

Leonard Salzedo (24 September 1921, London – 6 May 2000, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire) was an English composer and conductor of Spanish descent. He was a founder member of the Central Composers’ Alliance.

He studied composition under Herbert Howells and violin under Isolde Menges at the Royal College of Music in London, before becoming a professional composer in 1944. He worked closely with the Ballet Rambert, for whom his first ballet, The Fugitive, was commissioned. His most successful ballet was The Witch Boy based on the ‘Ballad of Barbara Allan’.

He was Rambert´s Musical Director from 1967 to 1972. He then conducted the Scottish Ballet from 1972-74 and London City Ballet from 1982-86.

He wrote 18 film scores, perhaps the most appraised of which was for Hammer´s The Revenge of Frankenstein in 1959.

The fanfare which forms the first six bars of Salzedo´s Divertimiento for Three Trumpets and Three Trombones (1959), was used as the theme tune for the BBC´s Open University´s educational programmes, from the 1970s to the 1990s.

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