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Jan Stoeckart

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Jan Stoeckart


Jan Stoeckart (3 November 1927, Amsterdam – 13 January 2017) was a Dutch composer, conductor, trombonist and former radio producer.

Jan Stoeckart took piano and trombone lessons from the age of 12. After graduating from the Amsterdam Conservatory in 1950, he began his career as a professional musician (trombone and double bass) and conductor in various Dutch orchestras, including orchestras operated by Dutch public broadcaster NOS.

In the early 1960s, his conductor Hugo de Groot took him to London music publisher De Wolfe Music Ltd., where he signed a contract to compose stock and library music. He did so under various guises, such as Wily Faust, Julius Seffaro, Jack Trombey and Peter Milray. He composed approximately 1200-1300 works for De Wolfe.

In the UK he is best known for his composition Eye Level, the theme tune to the ITV series Van der Valk, which was a number one on the UK singles chart in 1973. He also composed Homeward Bound, a theme from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), under the pseudonym Jack Trombey.

In 1974, he moved on to become a freelance composer for NOS and other Dutch public broadcasters. He also worked as a music producer for various radio shows, with which he popularized brass and choral music. He also continued to compose and arrange music for Dutch films and for brass bands. He worked with the Metropole Orchestra and the Dutch Promenade Orchestra.

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