The Light Programme: Light Classics

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 13 December, 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.

In addition there will be the occasional seasonal piece – but not too much of a good thing just yet: here at Radio Riel we start our Christmas music festivities in earnest a week before Christmas Eve.

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. 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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