Born in 1912, Vernon Elliott was a bassoonist, trained at the RCM and was subsequently principal bassoon in a variety of ensembles: the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra, sundry dance bands, the Band of the Irish Guards, the (New) Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the English Opera Group and ensembles to do with film and
television. His career as a TV composer began when ATV was looking for someone to write a bassoon tune for a children's cartoon about an anthropomorphic railway engine.
This was, of course, Ivor the Engine, and the tunes Elliott composed became so popular that they have been done successfully as concert pieces.
He went on to write tunes for other children's television programmes: Noggin the
Nog, The Pingwings, The Clangers, and Pogle's
Wood. Vernon Elliott sadly died in October 1996.
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