The Light Programme: Light Classics

Today on The Light Pro­gramme, we’ll be focus­ing on Light Clas­si­cal pieces, includ­ing some tracks from a rather bril­liant group of musi­cians from the 1970s-90s going under the name of The She­ba Sound, who spe­cialised in arrange­ments for their line­up of two oboes, bas­soon and harp­si­chord (and occa­sion­al­ly oth­er instru­ments). Their per­for­mances today include tracks from their orig­i­nal 1977 BBC Records album as well as pieces from their sec­ond release. Find more details here. Thanks to Mike Brown of CHBN for the intro­duc­tion to their music.

In addi­tion we’ll be hear­ing, among many oth­ers, a good deal from composer/ arranger/ con­duc­tor Mr Gavin Suther­land, one of the pri­ma­ry expo­nents of light music and relat­ed com­po­si­tions in Britain. More or less sin­gle-hand­ed­ly (along with Bri­an Kay on BBC Radio 3) he brought British light music back from the grave and renewed our appre­ci­a­tion of a range of com­posers such as Richard Addin­sell, William Alwyn, Eric Coates, Robert Farnon, Charles Williams, J Mal­colm, Ronald Binge and many oth­ers. In addi­tion we’ll be hear­ing from many less­er-known com­posers. Many of the orig­i­nal record­ings have been re-issued on CD from com­pa­nies like Vocalion and Guild, while Chan­dos, Nax­os and White Line have released superb record­ings of the clas­sics.

If you would like to read more about some of the com­posers fea­tured in today’s pro­gramme, please vis­it the Index of British Light Music Com­posers. There is also an arti­cle on Light Music in Wikipedia. In addi­tion, do vis­it the web site of the Light Music Soci­ety.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.  Click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er or can play audio streams direct (many can).

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days.

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