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Harrison Birtwistle

Harrison Birtwistle was born on July 15, 1934 in Accrington, Lancashire, England. He is known for his work on The Offence (1973), Myth Is Universal (2008) and Betty Freeman: A Life for the Unknown (2005). He has been married to Sheila Duff since 1958. See full bio »
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Known For

The Offence
The Offence Composer
Myth Is Universal
Bedroom Farce
Bedroom Farce Composer


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 1991 Gawain (TV Movie)
 1980 The Double Dealer (TV Movie)
 1980 Bedroom Farce (TV Movie)
 1973 The Offence
 1971 Music on 2 (TV Series) (1 episode)
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 2008 The Minotaur (TV Movie) (music by)
 1971 Music on 2 (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- Mozart - Birtwistle - Mozart (1971) ... (musical director: Fires of London)
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 2005 The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (writer: "For O, For O, The Hobby-Horse Is Forgot")
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 2014 John Ogdon: Living with Genius (TV Movie documentary) (archive courtesy of)
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 2014 BBC Proms (TV Series)
- Prom 70: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Birthday Concert (2014) ... Himself (as Sir Harrison Birtwistle)
 2009 BBC Proms (TV Series)
- Prom 39: Birtwistle's Mask of Orpheus (2009) ... Himself (as Sir Harrison Birtwistle)
 2008 Myth Is Universal (Video documentary short)
 2008 The Minotaur (TV Movie)
Himself - Music by
 2007 Classic Britannia (TV Series documentary)
- Adapt or Die (2007) ... Himself
- Modernism and Minimalism (2007) ... Himself
- The Landscape Changes (2007) ... Himself
 2005 Betty Freeman: A Life for the Unknown (TV Movie documentary)
 1971 Music on 2 (TV Series)
- Mozart - Birtwistle - Mozart (1971) ... Himself
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 2009 BBC Proms (TV Series)
- Prom 40: Beethoven's 9th Symphony (2009) ... Himself (as Sir Harrison Birtwistle)

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Co-founded the New Music Group.

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Sir Harrison Birtwistle

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He was awarded the Companion of Honour in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Music. See more »

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