Faris, who went by the nickname of Sandy, passed away on Monday (28Sep15). No further details were released as WENN went to press.

He is best known for composing Edwardians, the theme tune to 1970s British TV show Upstairs, Downstairs, which won him a prestigious Ivor Novello Award in 1975.

Cover versions of Edwardians, in different musical styles, were conducted by Faris and released on CD in 2010 to raise more than $1.1 million (£70,000) for the Children in Need charity.

Faris also composed for TV shows Wings, Fanny by Gaslight, and The Duchess of Duke Street, and created the scores for 1960s movies Georgy Girl and He Who Rides a Tiger.

Faris was also conductor for London stage shows including Madam Butterfly and Orpheus in the Underworld, and he released a memior, Da Capo Al Fine: A Life in Music, in 2009.