Folk By Arrangement – Feat. Percy Grainger

The theme today is orches­tral (main­ly) arrange­ments of British folk tunes. You’ll hear some old favourites like Vaugh­an Williams’ Eng­lish Folk Song Suite, pieces by Holst and the Fan­ta­sia on Eng­lish Sea Songs, but also less well-known pieces like Philip Lane’s suite of Cotswold Dances and the delight­ful arrange­ments of Play­ford tunes by the sad­ly-missed Ernest Tom­lin­son. There are two arrange­ments of Oranges And Lemons used to open the BBC Light Pro­gramme in the 1940s, and we’re also fea­tur­ing the work of Aus­tralian-born com­pos­er Per­cy Grainger, who wrote sev­er­al pieces that were arrange­ments of British folk tunes.

And talk­ing of the BBC, there are some mag­nif­i­cent med­leys of folk tunes too, such as Max Saun­ders’ Fan­ta­sy on Nation­al Airs, which opened the BBC Tele­vi­sion Ser­vice in the 1950s and com­bines tunes from all the nations of the UK; the Radio 4 UK Theme and many more — and some region­al med­leys from the ITV sta­tions too, such as Wilkin­son’s Three Rivers Fan­ta­sy based on tunes from the Tyne-Tees region.

To make the pro­gramme a lit­tle more diverse we’ve also includ­ed a selec­tion of Light Clas­si­cal pieces that we do hope you’ll enjoy.

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 .

This pro­gramme is also avail­able in enhanced-qual­i­ty AAC. Tune in here:

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