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Robert Docker (Composer)

Born: 5th June 1918, London, UK

Died: 9th May 1992, Suffolk, UK

Nationality: English

Robert Docker was an English composer, arranger and pianist, especially noted for his orchestral arrangements and original light music compositions. The son of a Paddington gas worker, he was educated at North Paddington Central School, and with the aid of a London County Council Scholarship was able to study viola, piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music. During World War II, he was a sergeant in the King's Royal Rifle Corps stationed in Northumberland. He was later married to the viola player Meryl Unsworth and in later life resided in Suffolk.

He was particularly noted for his orchestral arrangements. His first was broadcast in 1936 and his arrangements of popular tunes were regularly heard on BBC radio programmes such as Friday Night is Music Night (where for many years he orchestrated music for Sidney Torch) and Melodies For You.

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