On the 10th of November Omnibus Press, in partnership with Novello & Co hosted a special evening with Richard Rodney Bennett to celebrate the launch of his authorised biography ‘Richard Rodney Bennett: The Complete Musician’ by Anthony Meredith, with Paul Miles – published this November by Omnibus Press at £24.95
To mark the publication of this definitive biography on his life and work, Sir Richard performed by candlelight with special guest Claire Martin to a packed audience at Music Sales Limited in Soho, London.
Richard Rodney Bennett, as evidenced in the enormous diversity of his activities, can be acknowledged as one of the most complete musicians of recent times. Not only does he have a remarkable 300 commissioned concert works to his name – establishing him among the leading British twentieth-century composers – but he has also contrived to lead several completely different musical lives.
For cabaret and jazz club devotees, Bennett is one of the finest and most knowledgeable of all exponents of the ‘Great American Songbook’, a much-in-demand singer and accompanist over the past thirty-five years and, as such, the stage partner of some of the most glamorous performers in the business.
This, then, is the definitive, authorised biography about a uniquely gifted musician. It is also a study of a most engaging personality and a fascinatingly complex human being.
In 2011 Richard Rodney Bennett will celebrate his seventy-fifth birthday. Numerous celebrations will take place including concerts and events at festivals across the UK.