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Howard Blake

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Howard Blake


Howard Blake (b. 28 October 1938, London) is a British composer and pianist.

Blake studied piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London on scholarship, where he later was named a fellow and currently is a visiting professor of composition. He is also active as a conductor and pianist. As a composer, his reputation was firmly secured by The Snowman, which has become a Christmas classic. He also was commissioned to write music for the Avengers television series.

Blake has composed music for films and television, documentaries, commercial and feature films. Among the films that he wrote music for are The Duelists (1977), Flash Gordon (1980), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream 1996). He also wrote music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, chorus, voice, and one opera, The Station. He has also composed music for British-style brass bands.

Blake is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and received the Order of the British Empire for his services to music.

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