On 1 October the versatile composer David Bedford died of lung cancer.
After studies with e.g. Luigi Nono he composed avant garde music, but in the late 60s he also moved into pop music. Bedford was involved in the first performance of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, and orchestrated the work for a further album, The Orchestral Tubular Bells (1975).
His was also fascinated by astronomy. Many of his compositions have titles that are inspired by that science.
His music has always remained somewhat experimental, though it was also lyrical.