Cyril Ornadel

Cyril Ornadel (2 December 1924 – 22 June 2011) was a British conductor, songwriter and composer chiefly in musical theatre. Cyril Ornadel was born in London. He studied at the Royal College of Music. During the 1950s he was famous for conducting the orchestra for the hit TV show The Sunday Night At The Palladium. This followed as a musical director for a number of major West End shows, including the first London production of My Fair Lady and at the London Palladium the hit shows The Sound of Music and The King and I starring Yul Brynner. He composed several musicals of his own, including Pickwick (1963) (lyrics by Leslie Bricusse), starring Harry Secombe, out of which came the hit song "If I Ruled The World", which won an Ivor Novello Award sung most famously by Tony Bennett; Great Expectations (1975) starring John Mills, both adapted from Charles Dickens; and Treasure Island (1973) adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson and starring Bernard Miles and Spike Milligan. Great Expectations and Treasure Island (both with lyrics by Hal Shaper) were designated Best British Musical at the Ivor Novello Awards.


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