Ivor Novello

David Ivor Davies (January 15, 1893 - March 6, 1951), better known as Ivor Novello , was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century. He was born at Llwyn-yr-Eos (Grove of Nightingales), Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, Wales, to Dame Clara Novello Davies (1861-1943), a well-known singer and teacher, and David Davies, a tax collector. He first became well known as a result of the song, "Keep the Home Fires Burning", which he composed during World War I. After the war, he appeared on stage in the West End, in musical shows of his own devising, the best known being The Dancing Years (1939). He also went to Hollywood and appeared in films, but the stage remained his first love and the medium for his major successes.

Novello wrote his musical shows in the style of operetta, and was one of the last major composers in this form. He generally composed his music to the librettos of Christopher Hassall.

During World War II, Novello was convicted of illegal use of rationed petrol (gasoline) and was briefly imprisoned. This downfall from his luxurious lifestyle completely broke his spirit, and he was never the same man after his release. However, he continued to appear on stage until the day before his sudden death.

Novello was a homosexual, well known for some of his more glamorous affairs. For 35 years, he was the lover of the British actor Bobby Andrews, and he had an affair with the British poet and writer Siegfried Sassoon. It was alleged by W. Somerset Maugham that Winston Churchill confided in him that he had once been to bed with Novello.

The Ivor Novello Award is a prize awarded for songwriting, named for Ivor Novello, and awarded each year by the record industry to song writers and arrangers rather than the performing artistes.

Novello was portrayed in the fictional film Gosford Park (2001) by Jeremy Northam and several of his songs were used for the film's soundtrack.

Principal Shows

  • Glamorous Night (1935)
  • Careless Rapture (1936)
  • Crest of the Wave (1937)
  • The Dancing Years (1939)
  • Arc de Triomphe (1943)
  • Perchance to Dream (1945)
  • King's Rhapsody (1949)
  • Gay's the Word (1951)

Outstanding Songs

  • "Keep the Home Fires Burning"
  • "Fold Your Wings"
  • "Shine Through my Dreams"
  • "Rose of England"
  • "I can Give you the Starlight"
  • "My Dearest Dear"
  • "When I Curtsied to the King"
  • "We'll Gather Lilacs"
  • "Someday my Heart will Awake"
  • "Yesterday"

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Novello was portrayed in the fictional film Gosford Park (2001) by Jeremy Northam and several of his songs were used for the film's soundtrack. He is the author of a play "The Aspen Papers" and four books:. The Ivor Novello Award is a prize awarded for songwriting, named for Ivor Novello, and awarded each year by the record industry to song writers and arrangers rather than the performing artistes. He died in a Denham nursing home from Parkinson's disease in 1985, aged 77. It was alleged by W. Somerset Maugham that Winston Churchill confided in him that he had once been to bed with Novello. He is the father of the actor Corin Redgrave and the actresses Lynn Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave, and the grandfather of the actresses Natasha Richardson, Joely Richardson and Jemma Redgrave. Novello was a homosexual, well known for some of his more glamorous affairs. For 35 years, he was the lover of the British actor Bobby Andrews, and he had an affair with the British poet and writer Siegfried Sassoon. He was married to the actress Rachel Kempson for fifty years from 1935 until his death.

However, he continued to appear on stage until the day before his sudden death. Redgrave was knighted in 1959. This downfall from his luxurious lifestyle completely broke his spirit, and he was never the same man after his release. In the early 1950s, he starred in The Browning Version, The Importance of Being Earnest and 1984. During World War II, Novello was convicted of illegal use of rationed petrol (gasoline) and was briefly imprisoned. Redgrave moved to Hollywood after a successful career in the British theatre. His first major American role was opposite Rosalind Russell in Mourning Becomes Electra in 1947, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He generally composed his music to the librettos of Christopher Hassall. His first major film role was in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes in 1938.

Novello wrote his musical shows in the style of operetta, and was one of the last major composers in this form. Born in Bristol, the son of the Australian silent film star Roy Redgrave and the actress Margaret Scudamore, he graduated from Cambridge University and was briefly a schoolmaster before becoming an actor in 1934. He also went to Hollywood and appeared in films, but the stage remained his first love and the medium for his major successes. Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave (March 20, 1908 - March 21, 1985) was an English actor. He first became well known as a result of the song, "Keep the Home Fires Burning", which he composed during World War I. After the war, he appeared on stage in the West End, in musical shows of his own devising, the best known being The Dancing Years (1939). In My Mind's Eye. He was born at Llwyn-yr-Eos (Grove of Nightingales), Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, Wales, to Dame Clara Novello Davies (1861-1943), a well-known singer and teacher, and David Davies, a tax collector. The Mountebank Tale.

David Ivor Davies (January 15, 1893 - March 6, 1951), better known as Ivor Novello , was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century. Mask or Face. "Yesterday". The Actor's Ways and Means. "Someday my Heart will Awake". "We'll Gather Lilacs".

"When I Curtsied to the King". "My Dearest Dear". "I can Give you the Starlight". "Rose of England".

"Shine Through my Dreams". "Fold Your Wings". "Keep the Home Fires Burning". Gay's the Word (1951).

King's Rhapsody (1949). Perchance to Dream (1945). Arc de Triomphe (1943). The Dancing Years (1939).

Crest of the Wave (1937). Careless Rapture (1936). Glamorous Night (1935).

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