The Light Programme: Music Library Classics and more

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 29 May, 2010

Today on Radio Riel we’ll be playing some classic pieces from the great British production music libraries of the 1930s through to the 1960s — such as Chappells, KPM, Francis Day & Hunter and others — that was used for newsreels, radio series themes and interludes, and later for television. It’s music for a purpose — whether its to create a mood, start the show, or even sell a product. Some of these classic pieces have remained in listeners’ memories for well over half a century.

In addition we’ll hear what some of those artists did for the “day job”, as they were often some of the leading composers, dance bands and light orchestras of the age. So we’ll be hearing from the likes of Henry Hall, Jack Parnell, Sydney Torch, the Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra and Ted Heath. And of course, no Light Music show would be complete without the music of Eric Coates.

We’ll also be hearing some classic library pieces of the past, recreated live by the KPM All Stars, and a number of modern light music recordings by Gavin Sutherland, who has probably done most to re-record classic examples of the genre and bring them back into the public eye.

Then join us at 11am and 7pm SLT (7pm and 3am UK time) for Week 10 of our two classic radio serials in the ZBS Radio Hour — first The Fourth Tower of Inverness, followed by Ruby, the Galactic Detective, brought to you courtesy of our friends at Listen-in at home, or join us in the beautiful Caledon Conservatory for a cup of tea with your host Deirdre Maven (

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now at in-world, or simply click here.

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.

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