From the Library: The Light Programme

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 19 July, 2010

Today’s Light Programme features the music of Ronald Binge (1910–79), who was born 100 years ago last Thursday, on July 15. Probably best known for Sailing By, the music generally associated with the Shipping Forecast on BBC radio, he was the originator of the “cascading strings” effect — something he developed while working as an arranger with Mantovani — which simulates the reverberation time of a large acoustic space such as a cathedral and is now regarded very much as a part of the Light Music genre.

Originally a cinema organist, then accordion player, and then arranger, Binge went on to compose a number of works. Alongside Sailing By, he is probably remembered for Elizabethan Serenade, the theme for Music Tapestry on BBC radio in the 1950s. However he wrote quite a few other works, of which one of the most beautiful is The Waterwheel, which features wonderful rising and falling low string arpeggios. Many of his pieces were written for production music libraries such as Josef Weinburger.
In addition to works by Binge, we’ll hear a selection of British Light Music from the middle part of the last century.

From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now in-world at, or click one of the buttons below. Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin.

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