The Light Programme: From The Library

Today on Radio Riel we’ll be play­ing some clas­sic pieces from the great British pro­duc­tion music libraries of the 1930s through to the 1970s — such as Chap­pells, KPM, Bru­ton, Con­roy, Fran­cis Day & Hunter and oth­ers – that were used for news­reels, radio series themes and inter­ludes, and lat­er for tele­vi­sion. It’s music for a pur­pose – whether its to cre­ate a mood, start the show, or sell a prod­uct. Some of these clas­sic pieces have remained in lis­ten­ers’ mem­o­ries for well over half a cen­tu­ry.

In addi­tion we’ll hear what some of those artists did for the “day job” – as they were often some of the lead­ing com­posers, dance bands and light orches­tras of the age. So we’ll be hear­ing from the likes of Hen­ry Hall, Jack Par­nell, Syd­ney Torch, the Queen’s Hall Light Orches­tra and Ted Heath. And of course, no Light Music show would be com­plete with­out the music of Eric Coates.

We’ll also be hear­ing some clas­sic library pieces of the past, recre­at­ed live by the KPM All Stars, and a num­ber of mod­ern light music record­ings by Gavin Suther­land, who has prob­a­bly done most to re-record clas­sic exam­ples of the genre and bring them back into the pub­lic eye.

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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