Born into a working-class family in the Midlands , Binge lost his father at the age of ten. At first he worked as a cinema pianist and as an orchestral musician in English seaside resorts, later in Mantovani 's first orchestra, the Tipica . During World War II , Binge served in Blackpool in the Royal Air Force , where he was in charge of the choir. After the war he provided compositions and arrangements for Mantovani's orchestra, but also for the BBC . The big breakthrough came in 1951 with the song Charmaine . Binge died of liver cancer in 1979 .
Binge was particularly interested in compositional technique and was best known as the inventor of the " cascading strings ", which were to become the trademark of Mantovani's orchestra as well as of British Light Music in general.
His best-known compositions include the Elisabeth Serenade (1951), Sailing By (1963), Miss Melanie , The Watermill , the Farewell Waltz , Venetian Carnival , Red Sombrero , Bowler Hat , Madrugado and his Concerto for E-flat alto saxophone . In addition, Binge wrote over 50 film scores, including the music for Compton Bennett's thriller Seconds of Despair with Dirk Bogarde and Mai Zetterling in 1953 , and the score for the music film Zum Tanzen born by director Val Guest in 1954 .
Also noteworthy is his piano piece vice versa , the notes of which read the same forwards and backwards, like a palindrome .
- 1938: 13 Men and a Gun
- 1950: The Girl Who Couldn't Quite
- 1950: Once a Sinner
- 1953: Seconds of Desperation (Desperate Moment)
- 1953: Our Girl Friday
- 1953: The Large Rope
- 1954: Adventure in the Hopfields
- 1954: The Runaway Bus
- 1954: Born to dance (Dance Little Lady)
- 1955: Born for Trouble
- 1956: The Adventures of Aggie (TV series, 2 episodes)
- 1957: Sailor of Fortune (TV series, 1 episode)
- 1959: CF-RCK (TV series, 1 episode)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British composer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 15, 1910|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Derby , Derbyshire|
|DATE OF DEATH||September 6, 1979|
|Place of death||Ringwood , Hampshire|