David Bedford, composer and musician, died on October 1st 2011. Born in 1937, although he worked across a broad range of music, he is probably best known to most rock fans for his association with Tubular Bells. He handled the orchestration on the second studio version and was involved with other Mike Oldfield projects.
He then released a studio album of The Odyssey for Virgin Records in 1976, and staged a one-off live performance of this which took place in 1977 at the Royal Albert Hall. Andy Summers played guitar on The Odyssey and also on Sarabande. The connection to the Deep Purple story comes at this point, as he asked Jon Lord to be one of the keyboard players at this show (he did not appear on the studio album), and also opened the evening with a cut down live version of Sarabande. The evening was recorded by Capital Radio who aired some of it. A live recording of the Odyssey was released only a few months back with Jon Lord guesting. I remember trekking down to see this concert and will try to find the photographs I took. It was written up in Darker Than Blue magazine at the time.