Judges rule on composer Sir Malcolm Arnold’s last will

PUBLISHED: 14:24 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:25 20 March 2013

composer Sir Malcolm Arnold  edp 25/9/06

composer Sir Malcolm Arnold edp 25/9/06

The children of an Oscar-winning composer who claimed they were entitled to a share of valuable manuscripts left to a Norfolk man have won their challenge in the Appeal Court.

Katherine and Robert Arnold yesterday won a ruling overturning a High Court decision made a year ago which upheld a will made by the late Sir Malcolm Arnold in which he left all of his valuable manuscripts to his long-term companion and friend Anthony Day.

Mr Day, 61, a former QE2 hairdresser, had cared for Sir Malcolm for the last 22 years of his life, until he died of pneumonia aged 84 in 2006.

But Sir Malcolm’s children accused him of exercising “undue influence” over the composer who made his fortune from soundtracks to more than 100 films, and won an academy award for the Oscar-winning Bridge On the River Kwai.

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