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Today on The Light Pro­gramme, we’ll be tak­ing a broad look at the Light Music field, reach­ing back before the mid­dle of the past cen­tu­ry and for­ward to library and pro­duc­tion music from the 1970s and beyond — all in the spir­it of BBC Radio’s post-war Light Pro­gramme.

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.

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

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