Angela Morley honoured with BBC Music Day Blue Plaque

BBC Radio Leeds to broadcast unveiling live from LCoM



BBC Music Day 2017 will see 47 new Blue Plaques unveiled, commemorating people or places that have influenced the musical landscape across the country. The initiative, created by BBC Local Radio, BBC Asian Network and The British Plaque Trust, asked BBC Local Radio listeners to nominate an iconic location or music legend that they felt should be commemorated. 
 
BBC Radio Leeds’ Blue Plaque will go to the late Angela Morley, the Emmy award-winning composer and conductor for radio, television and film, who was born in Leeds. It will be installed at her birthplace on Kirkstall Road.
 
Angela Morley’s Blue Plaque will be unveiled on BBC Music Day tomorrow (Thursday 15 June) by Professor Joe Wilson, Director of Curriculum at Leeds College of Music, who was on the local selection committee for the Blue Plaque. Nick Ahad will be live from the unveiling with a special mid-morning programme on BBC Radio Leeds between 9am-12pm, which will be broadcast live from Leeds College of Music.
 
BBC Radio Leeds presenter, Nick Ahad, said: “We had so many amazing nominations from our listeners about where a Blue Plaque could go, reflecting the impressive breadth of West Yorkshire’s music heritage.
 
“I’m excited to be part of this project and play my part in acknowledging Angela Morley as one of Leeds’ musical talents.”
 
Professor Joe Wilson, Director of Curriculum, Leeds College of Music, said: “A Blue Plaque is particularly important when it highlights an extraordinary individual and artist who may be not widely known in their own home town.
 
“The remarkable life and career that Angela had as a composer for film and television can now be linked to a place and time and Yorkshire can be proud of that.”
 
Angela Morley, born Walter Stott, was born on Kirkstall Road in Leeds, and is believed to be the first transgender person to be nominated for an Oscar. She wrote music for some of the world’s best-known radio, TV and film productions including Star Wars, Superman, Dallas and Watership Down.
 
Follow the unveilings live #LocalMusicLegends
 
Listen to the show live http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioleeds 

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