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Anne Jennifer Dudley (née Beckingham; born 7 May 1956) is a British composer, keyboardist, conductor and pop musician. She was the first BBC Concert Orchestra's Composer in Association in 2001.[1] She has worked in both the classical and pop genres, but she is perhaps best known as one of the core members of the synthpop band Art of Noise and as a film composer. In 1998, Dudley won an Oscar for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score for The Full Monty. In addition to over twenty other film scores, in 2012 she served as music producer for the film version of Les Misérables,[2] also acting as arranger and composing some new additional music.

Anne Dudley
Anne Dudley on March 30, 2014.jpg
Dudley on 30 March 2014
Background information
Birth nameAnne Jennifer Beckingham
Born (1956-05-07) 7 May 1956 (age 63)
Beckenham, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Occupation(s)Composer, pianist
  • Synthesizers
  • piano
Associated actsArt of Noise


Dudley was born in Beckenham, Kent. She graduated with a master's in music from King's College London in 1978.[3] Trained as a classical performer, she moved into the competitive commercial field as a session musician, where her professional relationship with Trevor Horn began. In 1982 Dudley made significant contributions to the Horn-produced The Lexicon of Love album by ABC. She went from fleshing-out keyboard parts to scoring the album's orchestrations (which were, according to Horn, her first-ever string arrangements)[4] and also co-writing some of the songs.[5] In 2019 she conducted the Southbank Sinfonia during Martin Fry's Lexicon of Love tour.[6]

Dudley's association with Horn led on to working with artists such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Seal, Marc Almond, Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams and, more recently, Siphiwo. She has co-written songs with Malcolm McLaren ("Buffalo Gals"), Cathy Dennis ("Too Many Walls"), and a 1930s-inspired song with Sting called "This Was Never Meant To Be".[7]

She produced the Tom Jones hit "You Can Leave Your Hat On" (1988) and a Debbie Harry single "Strike Me Pink" (1993). Dudley produced two tracks on the 2002 Opera Babes album Beyond Imagination (ranking No.1 on the UK classical charts for 11 weeks, and No.4 on the US billboard charts). In 2004 she produced the album Voice for Alison Moyet. The album, an eclectic collection of cover versions, reached No.7 in the UK Albums Chart.

Dudley was a founding member of the successful band Art of Noise, which helped pioneer the use of sampling within the pop genre. Their stand-out hits include "Beat Box" (1984), "Moments in Love" (1985), "Close (to the Edit)" (1984) and, with Tom Jones, "Kiss" (1988).

Her works for orchestra include "Northern Lights", a 14-minute reflection of Norway's Aurora Borealis for full orchestra, performed in 2005 and 2006 at the Royal Festival Hall and broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction programme in May 2005. Her first commission as Composer in Association with the BBC Concert Orchestra was "Music and Silence", inspired by the novel of the same name by Rose Tremain and first performed at The Royal Festival Hall in 2002. Dudley arranged Bach's Chaconne from Partita in D minor for piano trio, and a recording by the Eroica Trio appears on their Baroque album. Her album Ancient and Modern, with modern versions of some traditional hymns and Bach chorales, was released in 1999. She was the musical director for Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra, first performed in Brighton then at the Royal Albert Hall in 2008, which was recorded and released as a DVD in December 2009. The show was toured in 2009 with eight different regional orchestras participating. It involved the orchestra playing the Nokia theme tune and a french horn concerto evolving into the theme from Coronation Street.

Dudley collaborated with Sam Taylor-Wood in producing the sound and video installation Sigh at the White Cube in 2008. This work featured the BBC Concert Orchestra on eight large projected screens, miming to Dudley's score.

Film scoresEdit

Dudley's career in film music has spanned 20 years and her film scores include:

Her TV music includes:

Session musician workEdit

Dudley has worked as a session musician for many artists, and her string and orchestral arrangements crop up on a diverse array of albums. These include:


In addition to Dudley's Academy Award for The Full Monty, she has received a number of awards and nominations.

  • She won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1986, for the Art of Noise version of "Peter Gunn".
  • She has won two Brit Awards: one in 1989 for Buster, for Best British Soundtrack, and one in 1998 for Best Soundtrack (1998), also for The Full Monty.
  • She has been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award three times: for Crime Traveller, Best Original Music for Broadcast 1997; for The Key, Best Original Music for Television 2003; and for Trial and Retribution, Best Television Soundtrack 2008.
  • On 14 October 2014, she was presented with a BASCA Gold Badge Award[11] in recognition of their unique contribution to music.

She was made a Fellow of The Royal College of Music in 2004, and in 2011 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent.

Personal lifeEdit

Dudley lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her recording engineer husband Roger Dudley and daughter Angela.

Television appearancesEdit

Discography (not including work from Art of Noise)Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Anne Dudley". BBC Concert Orchestra. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Anne Dudley biography". Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Alumna of the Year: Anne Dudley". King's College London. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Trevor Horn". Red Bull Music Academy Lecture, Madrid 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  5. ^ "How we made: ABC's Martin Fry and Anne Dudley on The Lexicon of Love". The Guardian. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  6. ^ "ABC The Lexicon of Love". Royal Albert Hall. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  7. ^ Doerschuk, Bob (2008). Keyboard Presents: the Best of the '80s - the Artists, Instruments, and Techniques of an Era. Backbeat Books. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-87930-930-5.
  8. ^ Doerschuk, Bob (2008). Keyboard Presents: the Best of the '80s - the Artists, Instruments, and Techniques of an Era. Backbeat Books. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-87930-930-5.
  9. ^ "Power Windows |". Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Anne Dudley | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Sir Bob Geldof to be honoured by Gold Badge Awards - M Magazine". 10 September 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  12. ^ "BBC - Christmas University Challenge alumni line-up announced - Media Centre". Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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