Cyril Ornadel trained at the Royal College of Music and has had an extremely successful and varied career covering a wide field of composing, recording and accompanying many international stars in theatre, television and film.
As a musical director in London’s West End his credits include the original productions of MY FAIR LADY, KISS ME KATE, CALL ME MADAM, PAINT YOUR WAGON, PAL JOEY, KISMET and the Yul Brynner revival of THE KING AND I.
He was musical director of the London Palladium for four years where he was involved in the SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM television series and conducted three Royal Command Variety Performances.
Musical scores include the internationally acclaimed GREAT EXPECTATIONS with book and lyrics by Hal Shaper and starring Sir John Mills, TREASURE ISLAND starring Bernard Miles with lyrics by Hal Shaper both of which won the Ivor Novello Award for the best British Musical in their respective years, PICKWICK, book by Wolf Mankowitz, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse which starred Harry Secombe in the London and Broadway productions with the hit song “If I Ruled The World” winning another Ivor Novello Award. Other musicals include STARMAKER with book and lyrics by David Croft starring Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge, ANN VERONICA book by Frank Wells, lyrics by David Croft with Dorothy Tutin and A KID FOR TWO FARTHINGS book by Wolf Mankowitz, lyrics by Philip Glassborow with Ron Moody.
Film credits include SUBTERFUGE with Joan Collins and Gene Barry, the remake of BRIEF ENCOUNTER with Sophia Loren and Richard Burton, COOL IT CAROL, MAN OF VIOLENCE, DIE SCREAMING MARIANNE, THE FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW, NOT NOW DARLING, TIFFANY JONES and CHRISTINA.
Cyril’s television work includes composing the music for EDWARD THE SEVENTH, PEPYS, SAPPHIRE AND STEEL, CHANGING FACES, TOM KEATING ON PAINTERS, SCORPION TALES, WET JOB, PICTURES IN THE MIND, CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE and THE DANCING YEARS. He also conducted the London Symphony Orchestra for the STRAUSS FAMILY series for which the Orchestra was awarded a Gold Disc.
On record Cyril conducts THE STARLIGHT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and his recordings include the songs and incidental music for the BEATRIX POTTER stories with lyrics by David Croft, narrated by Vivien Leigh, CHANGO ON SAFARI book by Mel Ferrer, lyrics by Hal Shaper, music for THE LIVING SHAKESPEARE series and the LIVING BIBLE narrated by Laurence Olivier. His Matt Monro classic PORTRAIT OF MY LOVE with lyrics by Norman Newell won a Novello Award for the best song of the year and a BMI Award for over two million broadcasts worldwide.
Cyril’s songs have been recorded by international artists including, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Matt Monro, Sammy Davis, Bing Crosby and Harry Secombe. He has also been awarded the prestigious Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters for his services to British Music.