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on Sunday October 10th. 2021
at The Lancaster Hall Hotel,
35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL

Doors open: 1.30pm, Programme: 2pm - 6pm

The event includes presentations using recordings.

Our special guest will be Dennis Wilby, who was principal trumpet with the BBC Northern Ireland Light Orchestra from 1959 - 1969, later turning his attention to brass bands - becoming the conductor of the famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band. He continues to adjudicate at major brass band contests. Brian Reynolds will be talking to him about his career, illustrating it with recordings from a new double CD of the N.I.L.O.

Admission fee: 12.00 - includes refreshments during the first interval
A selection of CDs and Books will be available for sale

Nearest stations: Paddington (main line),
Paddington and Lancaster Gate (Underground)

On-street parking nearby and very limited spaces in
the hotel car park @ 8 per vehicle

See map below

Further details from Tony Clayden
email: tony@londonlightmusic.org.uk
telephone: 020 8449 5559

2021 London Light Music Meetings Group
49 Alexandra Road, Well End, BOREHAMWOOD, Herts WD6 5PB

NEWS


June 2021

A Message from Iain Sutherland

Dear Friends, tonight (Saturday 5th June) David Mellor gives me a very special birthday gift; a programme devoted to my recordings, and, I believe, reminiscences from what he called my "fantastic career"!!. He has delved into my CDs and has chosen the titles himself so I have no idea what to expect. If you can't catch the show tonight, remember you can use the ClassicFM "Listen Again" button on the web page. https://www.globalplayer.com/catchup/classicfm/uk/episodes/BUq5rJ8PAdpa5DNu3VjTg2UmP/

Warmest best wishes to you all,

Yours aye,

Iain.
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Note: A second programme is scheduled for Saturday 12th June at 9pm


June 2021

Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra Concert
May 31st 2021

After a year’s absence – perforce due to the Covid virus – and following a miserably wet and mostly cold May, a wonderfully warm and sunny Spring Bank Holiday Monday heralded a most welcome return of the Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra to the historic Lauderdale House on Highgate Hill, North London.

The venue's staff had ingeniously managed to arrange socially-distanced seating in family 'bubbles'. I am told that the attendance was, however, nearly as great as at the ADRO's previous concerts. In addition, due to the marvels of modern technology and some intensive work by the orchestra's flautist, Ana Arnold, the event was streamed and watched by very many more people.

With the exception of 2020, Adam Bakker and his intrepid band of musicians have presented a concert annually since 2003. A good number of us, including 'yours truly', have managed to attend every single one, and there were many 'regulars' present, together with some new friends as well.

The instrumental line-up consists of a string quartet, i.e. two violins, viola and cello, together with piano, oboe/cor-anglais and flute/ piccolo. This has always required the creation of special arrangements, a task chiefly undertaken by Adam, although in earlier days former flautist Roy Bell also contributed to the ensemble's now extensive repertoire.

Almost all the items were given an 'airing' for the first time by the ADRO and we were treated to an interesting selection of pieces by composers hailing from several different parts of the world.

Traditionally, Palm Court orchestras were regularly hired to provide entertainment before the advent of sound recording. They played the popular music of the period, together with reduced arrangements of great orchestral works, which often didn't make for a great deal of authenticity !

There was no particular 'theme' to this concert, but there were several recurring subjects – animals, love, dance and nostalgia being the main ones. The diverse programme included Jaime Texidor's Amparito Rocca, Duke Ellington's Creole Love Call, the Donkey Serenade by Rudolf Friml, Pony by Josef Rixner, two relatively modern titles, Beachcomber by Clive Richardson and Sydney Del Monte's Heather On The Pampas, and the traditional tune Eriskay Love Lilt.

A few songs were included, performed by mezzo-sopranos Camilla Cutts and Liz Menezes, who is also the lead violinist. Amongst others, Liz sang Walter Hirsch's novelty song, Horsey ! Keep Your Tail Up. Liz mentioned that her grandmother used to sing this to her – as did my grandmother to me ! Camilla gave a wonderful rendition of the Habenera from George Bizet’s Carmen.

The final scheduled item was the song Keep The Home Fires Burning, by Ivor Novello, expressing a sentiment which is very appropriate for these troubled times.

As always, the Orchestra performed with great style and enthusiasm, and it is no exaggeration to say that a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all; it is hoped that we will be treated to 'more of the same' next year.

Tony Clayden 2021


June 2021

Cinema Theatre Association Talk

WHEN CINEMA LET IN THE LIGHT BY MARTIN CLEAVE
SATURDAY 3 JULY AT 5:30PM

Light orchestral music formed a significant part of 20th Century popular culture, so unsurprisingly it found its way into the cinema-going experience of the pre-Beatles era. Through historic recordings and vintage broadcasts, this presentation will feature the orchestras of the Commodore Hammersmith and Troxy Stepney, among others, accompanied by images of the cinemas they performed in. It will also feature compositions by theatre organists including Sidney Torch and Louis Mordish. Also, hear how the Pearl & Dean theme sounded after the pillars faded and all about Joan Sims' 'larky goings-on in the two-and-threes'.

Martin Cleave has a lifelong interest in music. He began learning to play the piano at the age of 7 and is currently Pianist and Music Manager at the Royal Academy of Dance. In his spare time he is conductor for the 'Eltham Park Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Orchestra'. Martin is also a long-time member of the CTA and the Light Music Society.

Please note that this is an illustrated talk with music accompaniment examples. To fully enjoy the music within the talk, it is recommended that you listen with either external speakers or headphones.

Tickets
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May 2021

Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Music Afternoon – Saturday July 24th 2021

We are delighted to announce that we are planning to hold the first music afternoon since the start of the Covid-19 Lockdown in March 2020.

Over many years, these events have been a regular and popular feature of the Museum’s activities. They were originally hosted by the late Gerry Wells, and more recently have been organised and introduced by Tony Clayden, along with guest presenters.

Our programme will – as is customary – include a mix of Easy Listening and traditional Light Music and this time will include some ‘Big Band’ jazz as well.

We look forward to welcoming friends old and new, and we hope that you will be able to support us on Saturday July 24th. Admission is 10 'on the door' – however, it is essential to book in advance, see below*. The event, which will include a buffet lunch and refreshments, will take place outside, although an open-sided tent will be available in case of inclement weather.

The Museum galleries will be open only for attendees to the music event. The doors will open at 12 mid-day and the music will commence at 1 pm.

*Because of space limitations and to assist with catering requirements, please notify Eileen Laffey [on 020-8670 3667] that you wish to attend.

Please note that the Museum will naturally comply with all Government regulations in force at the time, and the event could therefore be subject to cancellation if required by subsequent legislation.


April 2021

A plea for research documentation - old catalogues

Our supporter, Alex Gleason, is trying to find old catalogues of Francis Day and Hunter, DeWolfe -2100 series, Phil Green Photoplay / Capitol Hi- Q, and EMI EP/EPX catalogues. If anyone is willing to dispose of any unwanted catalogues, please contact Alex by emailing alexgleason@londonlightmusic.org.uk

Alternatively you can contact Alex on our Light Music Forum, where he is identified as 'filmusicuk', here: www.tapatalk.com/groups/lightmusic/index.php

Message from Alex:

Could I ask if anyone has old publishers catalogues they no longer need, could they get in touch, as I am frankly getting desperate now. I am in the closing stages of a very substantial music reseach project, and am stymied through lack of information on some of the great libraries of the last century!

Amazingly I don't have a complete Francis Day and Hunter catalogue, and despite having a useful 70s DeWolfe catalogue, and a photocopy of their 50s catalogue, kindly provided by a member of the Meetings group - I have no 30s or 40s DeWolfe information (and neither do DeWolfes!!)

Likewise the EMI EP and EPX series boasted marvellous compositons by Melachrino, Leslie Bridgewater and Leighton Lucas - they MUST have produced a catalogue at some point (the custodian of the EMI Archive had never even HEARD of the series) but I've never been fortunate enough to find one.

I won't go on, obviously there are many other libraries, like Southern, Berry and Impress, that are moderately well covered online, but if anyone is doing a clearout PLEASE DON'T BIN THESE

Let me know, I badly need help!!

Thanks


April 2021

The Mark Fitz-Gerald Orchestra in lockdown

The light music classic "Puffin' Billy" by Edward White performed by members of the Mark Fitz-Gerald Orchestra in lockdown to provide a little joy for The British Home, which the orchestra would usually perform at each year. Arranged and produced by John Holland.


March 2021

News from The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra

Listen to us on Spotify

Some years ago we signed up to make our music available on Spotify. The process has taken a long time but we are pleased to report that from now on you can download our recordings from Spotify as well as from several other streaming platforms.

Not all our CDs are available as yet but it is likely to be only a matter of days before over 80 tracks will be accessible this way. So watch this space.

If you prefer to listen to actual CDs, we still have plenty of copies of 'Happy Frog and Hot Canary' and 'Beguine and Bugatti Step' and we are happy to sell these to subscribers of our newsletter for half price. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our plans to record another CD last year because of the pandemic but we hope to realise these plans later this year.

We have not yet been able to meet up as a group but have recorded another piece of music in our individual homes. This time we choose 'Die Lustige Fiedel' by Rudi Rischbeck. It was assembled by Ana, our flautist, together with a clip of Charlie Chaplin's 1916 film 'The Vagabond' for our YouTube channel.

We hope you enjoy the video; Please press 'like' if you do. You might also like to subscribe to our YouTube channel which links all our videos and many of our recordings.
We need 100 subscribers for us to continue the YouTube channel for free. It doesn't cost anything to subscribe - all you need to do is follow
this link and then click on 'Subscribe' in the right hand corner in the text below the video.

Please visit our website at www.aspidistra.org

March 2021

'HEHR Archive' on Youtube

This USA Youtube channel contains many playlists some of which Light Music enthusiasts will find of interest:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdw7kJeC2h7oZ8StCdQUjYg/playlists

Here is a selection of some of the playlists available on the channel:

'World of Light Music'
'The Story of Light Music'
BBC 'My Music'
'Melody Time'
'The Andre Kostelanetz Show'
BBC 'Sing Something Simple'
'Bands and their Music'
'On Parade'
'My Kind of Music'

and there are a lot more including over 40 BBC 'My Word' programmes!


February 2021

Another new 'Lockdown' video from
The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra

Hard Hearted Hannah, the Vamp of Savannah by Jack Yellen, Bob Bigelow and Charlie Bates. Performed by the Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra in lockdown. Published in June 1924 by Tin Pan Alley, this popular song tells the story of a femme fatale of Savannah. Included in this recording is the first film to feature Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy together (The Lucky Dog, 1921), although here we only see Stan.


February 2021

Sunday Bandstand

For those of you who like Brass Bands, Chris Helme produces a two hour weekly programme of Brass Band music which you can stream online here

We have linked to his programmes from our streaming light music page.


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New CD reviews added:

15/06/2021
MANHATTAN TO MONTMARTRE
GERSHWIN and BERNSTEIN
JULIAN JACOBSON, MARIKO BROWN piano duo

15/06/2021
TINE THING HELSETH
& KRE NORDSTOGA
Magical Memories for Trumpet and Organ

27/05/2021
FAVOURITE ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS
Philharmonic Concert Orchestra / Iain Sutherland

20/05/2021
FRENCH DUETS
PAUL LEWIS / STEVEN OSBORNE

7/05/2021
DUTILLEUX
Le Loup
Sinfonia of London / John Wilson

27/04/2021
PHOENIX
JANUSZ WAWROWSKI, violin
RZYCKI | TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTOS
ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
GRZEGORZ NOWAK, conductor

The London Light Music Meetings Group was formed in 2014 to continue to hold the meetings which were formerly organised by the Robert Farnon Society.

Each of these takes the form of a Sunday afternoon event during which recorded musical items are presented and discussed; they are held in May and October of each year.

The range of music genres is broadly as before embracing Light Orchestral, Film, TV and Theatre - related, Big Band and similar material.

The previous successful format is retained with a central feature/guest speaker and includes live performances from time to time.

We have now expanded this website to include news items, details of other musical events, CD and book reviews, and obituaries.

We welcome contributions in respect of any of the above, also comments and articles.

Please contact our webmaster
web@londonlightmusic.org.uk
or Tony Clayden
tony@londonlightmusic.org.uk
- telephone 020-8449 5559.