IVOR NOVELLO new edition of IN SEARCH OF RURITANIA to be released on 6th December - to feature on BBC Radio 3 COMPOSER OF THE WEEK on Ivor Novello, Christmas, 2016.Listen in 26th - 30th December daily at 12 noon.
*** NEW NOVEL & Ghost Story: The Mistletoe Haunting - Legend of Minster Lovell released for Christmas 2016: "A beautiful book, and beautifully written." Kat Orman, BBC Radio Oxford ***Royal Palace Gardens - Blackpool's Lost Victorian Pleasure Gardens now available. **** Author and his Novello biography 'In Search of Ruritania' to feature on BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week on Ivor Novello, Christmas, 2016. **** Also featured on BBC Radio 2 documentary on Ivor Novello with Don Black on 2nd October 2014 titled: Keep The Home Fires Burning as part of the BBC Great War Centenary broadcasts. *** David was born in Oxford, England, in 1959. He graduated from London's City University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Journalism. In addition to this he has a Teaching Degree from Lancaster University and a Masters Degree in the Arts from the University of Central Lancashire and continues his professional development by undertaking courses at the University of Oxford. Prior to this he attended London Theatre Arts to study drama, and then worked extensively in the performing arts industry as a playwright, producer and director. His stage plays include the award winning Forever Nineteen, After The Tone and The Post Card - which enjoyed London and New York productions, as well as touring nationally in the United Kingdom. His involvement in adapting the libretto for Ivor Novello's 1935 musical Glamorous Night resulted in him directing the 50th Anniversary Concert to celebrate the life and work of Novello at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London's West End. Subsequently he has worked as the Ivor Novello Consultant on Julian Fellowes and Robert Altman's Oscar and BAFTA winning film Gosford Park, and contributed to the BBC Documentary on the life of Novello The Handsomest Man in Britain. He is the author of In Search of Ruritania, a biography on Ivor Novello - Anything But Merry! The Life and Times of Lily Elsie the Edwardian actress and singer who found fame in Lehar's The Merry Widow; the novel based on the legend of a mistletoe bride titled The Mistletoe Haunting: Legend of Minster Lovell and a WW1 biography Mildred on the Marne: Mildred Aldrich, Front-line Witness 1914-1918. Currently he is developing a play based on the relationship between opera composer Puccini and his wife, Elvira, and a new biography based on the life of Martita Hunt (Miss Haversham in David Lean's 1947 film of Great Expectations) titled: Greater Than Expectations: The Life and Work of Martita Hunt.
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