Wilfred Josephs Recordings
Newcastle born Wilfred Joseph’s story is quite different from most, in that, at the request of his parents, he set aside his dreams of becoming a composer in order to pursue a “real career”. Josephs became a licensed dentist, until he realized his original dreams after winning first prize in the La Scala competition in Milan at age 36 for his piece titled “Requiem”. Having had this moment of success, Josephs then began composing professionally, and ended up writing an astonishing amount of works, including scores for television and films.
Josephs composed scores for the films My Side of the Mountain and All Creatures great and Small, as well as the television shows The Prisoner, The Great War, and Talking to a Stranger. Other works of his worth noting include the opera Rebecca, the Ballet Cyrano, and the Aelian Dances, which are based on Newcastle folk tales.
Due to complications with his health, he died in London in 1979.