Conductor and composer Harry Rabinowitz, who conducted the scores for films including Chariots of Fire, The English Patient and Cold Mountain, has died at the age of 100. His family tells The Jewish Times Rabinowitz died at his home in Provence, France.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, one of Rabinowitz’s first professional music gigs was as conductor of the BBC Revue Orchestra in 1953. He went on to become music director for BBC Television Light Entertainment and head of music for London Weekend Television.
He later segued to film, going on to conduct the scores for numerous films including Hanover Street (1979), Chariots of Fire (1981), Heat and Dust (1983), The Bostonians (1984), Return to Oz (1985), Lady Jane (1986), Maurice (1987), The Remains of the Day (1993), The English Patient (1996), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), and Cold Mountain (2003). He also composed music for television including The Frost Report, I, Claudius, The Agatha Christie Hour, and Reilly, Ace of Spies.
He conducted at the Hollywood Bowl, and led the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1985-92, along with stints with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He was scheduled to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican again in November, to mark his centenary.