The Light Programme: Light Classics

Today on The Light Pro­gramme, our month­ly look at the world of Light Music, we’ll be focus­ing on Light Clas­si­cal pieces.

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 has 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 espe­cial­ly White Line have released new, 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.

On The ZBS Radio Hour today at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic Time — 19:00 or 03:00 GMT — tune in for Part 5 of our spe­cial hour-long episodes of the clas­sic ZBS radio ser­i­al Moon Over Moroc­co.

The Light Pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin on the last Sat­ur­day of the month. You can lis­ten to today’s pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

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