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 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.

MOSTIt’s The MOST – Music from the Orig­i­nal Sound Tracks

It’s the first Wednes­day in the month: time to join us at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic Time – 19:00 or 03:00 in the UK – for the lat­est edi­tion of The MOST: Music from the Orig­i­nal Sound Tracks. It’s the ulti­mate com­pi­la­tion of top TV and movie themes from the 1960s and beyond. Join your host Susan­nah, for an hour of clas­sic jazz and more – and if you miss it, it will be up on Mix­Cloud short­ly: check back here for details in a day or so.


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.

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