Frederic Bayco

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Frederic Bayco, sometimes spelt Fredric Bayco (1913 – 1970) was an English organist and composer of light music,[1] best known for his Tudor pastiche "Elizabethan Masque".[2][3] Born in London, he attended Brighton School of Music, where he attained an ARCO.[4] He was later made a fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO).[5] Other pieces include "Lady Beautiful", and his marches "Royal Windsor" and "Marche Militaire".[6]

Like many composers of the light music genre, he contributed a number of pieces to music libraries, and as a result his pieces "Inferno" and "Finger of Fear" have ended up being frequently used in programmes such as the Ren and Stimpy Show and SpongeBob SquarePants.[7][8] Many of his KPM library compositions have a historical or martial feel, for example the mock-heroic "Joust"[9] Other pieces appear to have unusual titles, for example "Bear in a Buggy".[10]


  1. ^ Sydney, accessed 16 November 2010
  2. ^ Peter Gammond, The Oxford Companion to Popular Music (Oxford University Press, 1991) ISBN 978-0-19-311323-7 p.345
  3. ^ Hyperion Records, accessed 16 November 2010
  4. ^ David Alan Simmons, Who's Who in Music and Musicians' International Directory, Volume 1962 (Hafner Pub. Co., 1962), p.16
  5. ^ Organ biography, accessed 16 November 2010
  6. ^ Track listing, A Rifles Bandstand.
  7. ^ Fredric Bayco at the Internet Movie Database, accessed 16 November 2010
  8. ^ APM music - "Inferno" on YouTube, accessed 16 November 2010
  9. ^ KPM Music, accessed 16 November 2010
  10. ^ Philip L Scowcroft, Music and Road Transport music, a Fourth Selection, accessed 16 November 2010