Today on Radio Riel we’ll be playing some classic pieces from the great British production music libraries of the 1930s through to the 1970s — such as Chappells, KPM, Bruton, Conroy, Francis Day & Hunter and others – that were used for newsreels, radio series themes and interludes, and later for television. It’s music for a purpose – whether its to create a mood, start the show, or sell a product. Some of these classic pieces have remained in listeners’ memories for well over half a century.
In addition we’ll hear what some of those artists did for the “day job” – as they were often some of the leading composers, dance bands and light orchestras of the age. So we’ll be hearing from the likes of Henry Hall, Jack Parnell, Sydney Torch, the Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra and Ted Heath. And of course, no Light Music show would be complete without the music of Eric Coates.
We’ll also be hearing some classic library pieces of the past, recreated live by the KPM All Stars, and a number of modern light music recordings by Gavin Sutherland, who has probably done most to re-record classic examples of the genre and bring them back into the public eye.
Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. If you are in the United States or Canada, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. To listen from outside North America, click here to start your player .
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