The Light Programme: Light Classics

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 7 May, 2014

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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