The Light Programme: Music Library Classics and more

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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