For a time, Eric Coates (1886-1957) had a dual career as a violist and composer, but ongoing neuritis put an end to his viola-playing activities in 1919. Composer of orchestral marches, fantasies and suites, Coates also wrote 160 songs, including “Love Among the Daffodils”, “Marry Me, Nancy, Do” and “I Pitch My Lonely Caravan at Night”. In addition to the “The Dambusters March”, which featured in the 1955 film, The Dam Busters, Coates’ music has appeared in more recent films, including Annie Hall, Vera Drake and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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