Angela Morley (born Wally Stott on 10 March 1924) is an English composer and conductor.


Angela Morley was born in Leeds, Yorkshire on 10 March 1924. She attributes her entry into successful composing and arranging largely to the influence and encouragement of the Canadian light music composer Robert Farnon.

She is a transsexual woman, and was originally credited under her birth name Wally Stott. She underwent sex reassignment surgery in the 1970s. Angela Morley lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has been awarded 3 Emmy Awards for her work in television musical scoring.


Angela Morley is perhaps best known as a composer of light music, with the jaunty Rotten Row her best known piece. Also notable is A Canadian in Mayfair, a homage to Robert Farnon's Portrait of a Flirt.

In 1953, she began a long association with the Philips record label, arranging for and accompanying the company's artists, as well as releasing records under her own name, including the 1958 LP 'London Pride'.

She is also well known for writing the theme tune and incidental music for Hancock's Half Hour and was the musical director for The Goon Show from the third series in 1952 to the last show in 1960. Morley orchestrated, arranged supervised the music for the final musical film collaboration of Lerner and Loewe, The Little Prince and in 1978 for her music supervision on the Sherman Brothers' musical adaptation of the Cinderella story entitled, The Slipper and the Rose. She won Oscar nominations for both films. She wrote most of the score for the 1978 film version of Watership Down, although the prelude and opening was by Malcolm Williamson. Another very short, but fondly remembered, theme was the 12-notes-long "Ident Zoom-2", written for Lew Grade's Associated TeleVision (ATV) and in use from the introduction of color television in 1969 until the demise of ATV in 1981.

In 1962 and 1963, she arranged the United Kingdom entries for the Eurovision Song Contest, Ring-A-Ding Girl and Say Wonderful Things, both sung by Ronnie Carroll. The former was conducted on the Eurovision stage in Luxembourg by her as well.

In the 1960s she worked with Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield and the first three highly regarded solo albums by Scott Walker. Morley has won two Emmy Awards.

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