Alan Langford

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Alan Langford was the pen name of Alan Owen (28 February 1928 – 9 February 2011) a British radio producer and composer of light music.[1][2]

Born in London, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Benjamin Frankel.[3] For many years he was a BBC music producer for programmes such as Matinée Musicale and Friday Night is Music Night, and thus used his pseudonym to disguise his sideline in composition.[1] He is no relation of fellow light composer Gordon Langford.[4]

He is known for works such as the Three Amusements, Little French Suite, Riding High, Petite Promenade, the Waltz for String Orchestra, the Concertante for Harmonica and Strings (written in 1981 for Tommy Reilly), the Two Worlds Overture and the Pastoral Scherzetto.[4] Many of his pieces were written for the recorded music libraries, and according to Philip Lane, his compositions were frequently used for the crime serials of Edgar Lustgarten in the 1950s and 1960s.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Philip Lane, Alan Langford biography, Naxos Music, accessed 16 November 2010
  2. ^ Richard Anthony Baker, Obituary: Alan Owen, The Stage, March 11, 2011
  3. ^ Philip Lane, Vintage TV and Radio Classics Archived 2012-03-26 at the Wayback Machine. CD note
  4. ^ a b Philip Scowcroft, Garland 101, accessed 16 November 2010