From the Library: The Light Programme

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 24 October, 2009

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 .

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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