Tributes to Bafta-winning composer

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Tributes have been paid to Bafta-winning composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, who died on Christmas Eve aged 76.

Most well-known for his TV and film scores, including Doctor Who, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Murder on the Orient Express, Sir Richard also produced more than 200 concert works. The British musician, who also performed as a jazz pianist and singer, died in New York where he had lived since 1979. He was knighted for services to music in 1998.

David Arnold, the Bond films composer, tweeted: “Sad news about Richard Rodney Bennett.One of our greats”.

Sir Richard’s Oscar nominations were for Far From The Madding Crowd in 1968, Nicholas and Alexandra in 1972 and Murder on the Orient Express in 1975.

He began composing as a child and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2004, he composed Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song, commissioned by the Prince of Wales to honour the memory of the Queen Mother.