Norman Kay

Last updated 09 January 2020

Norman Forber Kay

Born: Saturday 5th January 1929
Died: Saturday 12th May 2001 (age: 72)


Norman Forber Kay was a British composer and writer.

Kay, who was born in Bolton, was educated at Bolton School, the Royal Manchester College of Music and the Royal College of Music. Kay composed the score for many episodes of Doctor Who, including the very first serial, An Unearthly Child. He went on to contribute music for The Keys of Marinus and The Sensorites, two other stories of the programme's first season (starring William Hartnell).

Besides this work, he also provided the music for many of the Out of the Unknown stories and productions such as Late Night Horror in 1968, as well as many other television and film productions. Kay also worked as a music critic forThe Daily Telegraph.[3] He was the first British musician to write a study on Dmitri Shostakovich, a work that was well-received.[1][3]

Kay died in 2001 of Motor Neurone Disease aged 72.

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