Norman Kay (composer)

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Norman Kay - Composer, conducts excerpts from his film and incidental music.

Norman Forber Kay (5 January 1929 – 12 May 2001) was a British composer and writer.

Kay, who was born in Bolton, was educated at Bolton School, the Royal Manchester College of Music and the Royal College of Music.[1] Kay composed the incidental music for three serials in the first season of Doctor Who,[1] including the very first, An Unearthly Child,[2] as well as The Keys of Marinus and The Sensorites.

Besides this work, he also provided the music for many of the Out of the Unknown stories and productions such as Late Night Horror in 1968, as well as many other television productions. He also scored the 1968 comedy heist film Diamonds for Breakfast. Kay also worked as a music critic for The Daily Telegraph.[3] He was the first British musician to write a study on Dmitri Shostakovich, a work that was well received.[1][3]

Kay died in 2001 of Motor Neurone Disease aged 72.


  1. ^ a b c "Norman Kay obituary". The Guardian. 30 May 2001. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  2. ^ "An Unearthly Child". BBC. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Norman Kay 1929-2001". The Musical Times: 8. Summer 2001. Retrieved 22 February 2010.

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