David Bedford
Composer 1937 - 2011
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Classic Rock Magazine presents PROG
David Bedford Interview September 2011

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Star's End Reissue
Review from Albion Magazine Online's Spring 2012 issue:

David Bedford
Star's End
Esoteric Records ECLEC 2316

Most rock/classical crossovers like Deep Purple's Concerto for Group and Orchestra, Rick Wakeman's Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother or the Nice's Five Bridges, were all recorded by rock artists moving into the classical sphere. By contrast, David Bedford--keyboardist in Kevin Ayers' band The Whole World, where he first met teenage guitarist Mike Oldfield--was always a composer first and a rock musician second. Bedford's first album, Nurses Song with Elephants, was only made at the request of the late John Peel (and appeared on Peel's own Dandelion label). Star's End, Bedford's second album, was released by the Virgin label, buoyed by the recent commercial success of Oldfield's Tubular Bells. It was a joint venture with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who commissioned the piece, and maverick conductor Vernon Handley; the latter's deftness of touch with the orchestra is one of the album's many delights, while Mike Oldfield provides guitar and bass and Chris Cutler assists on drums. Scored specifically for a vinyl record (approximately twenty-four minutes on each side), the piece consists of two parts. This is an epic classical symphony inspired by the notion of entropy, the death of stars, written to accommodate rock instrumentation. Whilst it seems almost ambient at points, there is always much more going on beneath the surface, so that each listen reveals new secrets. Bedford, who sadly died in 2011, enjoyed a successful career up until his death, and this was his first major triumph.

copyright © James Turner 2012


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Music Teacher Magazine, February 2012

David Ashworth considers David Bedford's musical legacy.
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