Paul McCartney is in charge of composer Carl Davis, who has died aged 86.
The Davis family announced last week (August 3) that the BAFTA-winning composer had died of a brain haemorrhage.
Sharing a photo of the pair sitting together at the piano, McCartney said of his friend and colleague: “I was very saddened to learn of the passing of my friend Carl Davis.
“Carl and I wrote The Liverpool Oratorio together. It was my first full classical adventure and I really enjoyed working with him to bring it to life. I would show up at his house and start writing.
“I would suggest an idea to him and he would write it down on handwritten paper, which made it easier for him to reproduce the idea for me and that’s how we progressed. He was a very clever and funny man.”
McCartney added: “When we got to play the piece in Liverpool Cathedral it was very exciting for me, who had once failed to audition for the cathedral choir, to be back there with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.”
“I really enjoyed my time with Carl and I send him my love and condolences.”
Davis won a BAFTA and an Ivor Novello Award for his work on The French Lieutenant’s Wife (1981), and also worked on the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
A statement from the Davis family said: “We are heartbroken to announce that Carl Davis (CBE) has died this morning of a brain haemorrhage.
“We are very proud that Carl’s legacy is his great influence on music. A talented and versatile musician, he was the driving force behind the revival of silent films for this generation and composed scores for some of the most famous and best remembered in Britain. television dramas.”
Elsewhere, Paul McCartney has hinted at a possible international tour, after announcing his first tour of Australia in six years.