Albert Elms

Film music contributor

1920 – 2009

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Who was Albert Elms?

Albert Elms was a British composer and arranger who worked mainly for television and film.

Elms was born in Newington, Kent, England, and died in Southampton. Albert Elms joined the Royal Marine Band Service at Deal in 1934. He took part in the Vaagso raid in 1940 and served on the Malta Convoys in 1941-42.

His break into television came with the launch of commercial television in Britain during 1955. He made a contribution to ITV's The Adventures of Robin Hood with Richard Greene in the lead, writing the musical scores for at least two series. He also wrote the scores for The Buccaneers, starring Robert Shaw, The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, starring William Russell, and Ivanhoe with Roger Moore. However, Elms is best known for providing incidental music for later ITC series such as Man in a Suitcase, The Champions and for 14 of the 17 episodes of The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan.

Although the series on which Elms did most work had memorable main title scores by others such as Ron Grainer and Tony Hatch, Elms provided cues which represent hundreds of hours of music.

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Born
Feb 28, 1920
Newington
Also known as
  • Albert George Elms
  • Bert Elms
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Nationality
  • United Kingdom
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Died
Oct 14, 2009
Southampton

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on July 23, 2013