Musical Comedy — Featuring Stilgoe & Skellern

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 19 March, 2014

Join us today for the musically hilarious, the ingenious and the just plain daft as we present a programme of musical comedy and novelty records.

In particular, we’ll be featuring the work of Richard Stilgoe and Peter Skellern (he of You’re A Lady) who until around the turn of the Millennium presented a remarkable double act that was firmly in the tradition of Flanders and Swann, with extremely intelligent, witty and often topical (then) songs based around a piano or two, such as “We Never Go Out Any More” which laments the fear of TV home and garden makeover presenters turning your place upside down while you’re out. Two albums of theirs are readily to hand, including A Quiet Night Out, a recording of their final performance at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham in 1999, and we have a version specially banded for airplay so you actually get the right stories with the right songs.

Today you’ll hear a broad mix of pieces mostly written with their tongues firmly in their cheeks, or at least with some kind of sense of humour. You’ll hear Spike Jones and other ‘novelty records’ of the 30s and 40s, a musical joke from Mozart, Le Carnaval des Animaux from Saint‐Saëns, the hilarious compositions of PDQ Bach (aka Peter Schickele) and his approximate British equivalent Gerard Hoffnung, the marvellous songs of Flanders and Swann and the aforementioned Stilgoe & Skellern, off‐the‐wall renditions of familiar songs via early electronic instruments by Perrey & Kingsley, a touch of Victor Borge, and much more including The Muffin Men, Rondellus and… well, you’ll just have to find out, won’t you.

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