English composer David Bedford was born on 4 August 1937. He studied with Lennox Berkeley at the Royal Academy of Music and with Luigi Nono in Venice. In addition to his work as a composer, he also played in various bands (and notably with Kevin Ayers and Mike Oldfield), taught music in various secondary schools in London, was composer in residence at Queen's College London, and composer in association with the English Sinfonia.
As an avant-garde composer he wrote various works combining skilled and unskilled performers, and his interest in science fiction led to the composition of The Tentacles of the Dark Nebula, with words taken from a short story by Athur C Clarke.
Bedford died on 1 October 2011, aged 74.