Today we present a programme of Light Classical music, and once again we are remembering a major star in the Light Music firmament who has sadly left us, namely Ernest Tomlinson MBE (19 September 1924-12 June 2015), composer, arranger and President of the Light Music Society, whose music we are featuring today.
We can think of Light Music as filling a gap between out-and-out classical music, and the exceptional quality music production library and film music of the 1940s-50s — the latter also featuring from time to time on The Light Programme. It’s a continuum with perhaps Sullivan at one end (and we’ll hear some of his Overtures today) and maybe Coates at the other – though it’s difficult to define boundaries. In between are composers like Addinsell, Alwyn, Ketelbey, Tomlinson, Binge, Lane and others, and it’s their music that we’ll be featuring today. What these pieces and composers have in common, is a “classical” approach to melodic music. Their work is full of great tunes, and it utilises orchestral forces with as much aplomb as any classical composer. But in general (though not always), the music is a little lighter in tone and feel.
The late Ernest Tomlinson, along with Gavin Sutherland, Brian Kay and others, has been responsible for the immense resurgence of interest in Light Music in the 21st century and the rediscovery of these marvellous compositions. And if you are a lover of Light Music, please do find out more about the Light Music Society.
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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Pictured: the BBC Midland Light Orchestra.