Clifton Parker (Edward John Clifton Parker)
BiographyForest Hill, London, England, UK
Son of a bank manager, Clifton Parker followed his two elder brothers into the commercial profession, but studied music in private. After obtaining an A.R.C.M diploma in piano teaching at the Royal College of Music in 1926, he continued in commerce for a while before obtaining employment as a music copyist. A number of his own classical pieces began to get published, eventually attracting the attention of film conductor Muir Mathieson. Read more... Vic theatre. His second wife Yoma Sasburg was principal dancer in a number of the ballet productions. In 1963, Parker was one of three composers who quit film scoring in protest at the exorbitant percentage of royalties being raked off by the publishers. William Alwyn and Franz Reizenstein also quit. Parker continued to write scores for R.A.D.A. and the Hampstead Theatre Club. Sadly, Clifton Parker was inactive for the final 13 years of his life owing to ulcers and emphysema. His death in 1989, at the age of 84, saw the passing of someone regarded by film makers and music fans as "the composer who never disappoints."