From the Library: The Light Programme

Join us today on Radio Riel for anoth­er jour­ney into the world of Light Music from the mid­dle of the 20th Cen­tu­ry.

Light Music is char­ac­terised by a pre­dom­i­nance of melody – gen­er­al­ly mem­o­rable melody – which is one rea­son why it is a per­fect com­pan­ion to broad­cast­ing, pro­vid­ing themes and even inci­den­tal music to dra­ma, doc­u­men­tary, news and cur­rent affairs, and game shows. Often, peo­ple can recall the themes that punc­tu­at­ed their lives many, many decades ago. On today’s pro­gramme, you’ll hear the ‘mid­dle bits’ you per­haps nev­er heard before, as we play the pieces in full.

Today we will be fea­tur­ing Ted Heath and His Music, Syd­ney Torch and the Queen’s Hall Light Orches­tra, Gavin Suther­land and the Roy­al Bal­let Sin­fo­nia, and many more.

The pro­gramme opens, as always, with the tra­di­tion­al BBC Light Pro­gramme inter­val chimes and one of the two arrange­ments of Oranges and Lemons (this time that arranged by Spike Hugh­es and played by the BBC The­atre Orches­tra con­duct­ed by Harold Lowe) that used to open the Light Pro­gramme in the 1940s-50s.

The Light Pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin as part of our series From the Library. For more infor­ma­tion on the world of Light Music, please read this pre­vi­ous arti­cle.

Today’s pro­gramme on Radio Riel is pro­duced in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can tune in now at http://music.radioriel.org .

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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