The Robert Farnon Society is very proud
to have David Farnon as its President. Just like his illustrious
father, David is very modest about his own achievements, and
you are urged to visit his own website to explore the extent
of his work. After much persuading, he finally agreed to let
us have the following autobiography for our own website!
David Farnon Autobiography
the Robert Farnon Society
David was born in London in 1956 - the same year the Robert
Farnon Society was founded. He grew up with his three brothers
and sister in Guernsey. His earliest recollections are of
music, whether playing the latest 78s from Chappells on his
record player or attending recording sessions. His ambition
was always to be a composer, fascinated by the squiggles and
dashes on the manuscript paper sitting on Bobs piano
and deeply affected by the wonderful orchestral sounds he
was surrounded by at home.
Apart from his interest in classical music, his biggest musical
influence was of course Bob. David recalls that when his dad
was working on "Shalako" he sat him down and explained
how film music is constructed, working from cue sheets without
the benefit of picture. In the years to come he would study
Bobs compositional techniques in his serious works and
his orchestration. He also learnt the art of arranging from
He studied piano and organ, gaining professional diplomas
from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music
and Trinity College of Music London whilst still at school.
He went on to read music at Cambridge, studying composition
with Robin Holloway. During his time there he had his first
commercial releases, production music written for Chappells
and recorded by the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
After university he worked on two films with Bob, "Bear
Island" and "Mary and "Joseph". Then he
went freelance, starting at ATV television with shows such
as "The Muppets" and the Royal Variety Performance.
His 20s were devoted mainly to performing, conducting and
producing, working with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic,
The London Symphony and the London Philharmonic in venues
such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall,
the Barbican, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the London
Artistic collaborations with Bob included albums with George
Benson, Pia Zadora, George Shearing, Carole Kidd, Eileen Farrell
and Jose Carreras, as well as concerts and live and recorded
radio and television. He performed as soloist in the "Three
Cameos for Piano and Orchestra" and conducted the first
recording of Bobs piano concerto "Cascades to the
Sea" as well as the production music he wrote for Carlin.
His last collaboration was as producer on Bobs album
"Lovers Love London" in 2001.
Since 1990 he has devoted himself mainly to composition,
to date over 500 published and recorded works. He has a studio
at home in Guernsey and travels regularly to England or abroad
to record with various artistes and orchestras. His wife Susie
is an accountant, elder son Tom is also a composer and George
is studying to be an economist.