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September 2020

West Australian Symphony Orchestra


(From Peter Elsdon)

The Aussies, like Guy Noble, can't quite wait until November for The WASO Last Night of The Proms so here's a special treat.


September 2020

BBC Instrumental Sessions

As part of the BBC Instrumental Sessions, the bassoons of the BBC orchestras perform Eric Coates’s Calling All Workers, arranged by Steve Magee.

More information about these sessions can be found HERE


August 2020

Viennese Night


Sophie Bevan

Bank Holiday Monday's Promenade Concert live from the Royal Albert Hall at 7.30 pm on Radio 3 was devoted to Operetta and features compositions by Franz Lehar (the 150th anniversary of whose birth was on 30th April) as well as Oscar Straus, Emmerich Kalman, Richard Heuberger, Josef and Joseph Strauss. The soloists were Sophie Bevan (soprano) and Robert Murray (tenor) and the BBC Concert Orchestra was conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

This is a rare opportunity to listen to the kind of music that used to feature on Radio 2 every week in Glamorous Nights with Sam Costa.

It is available on BBC Sounds here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000m7c1
and here are the full details:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/extra/Wu9Dk7FVu4/Viennese-Night


August 2020

Did you hear Brian Reynolds on Serenade Radio?

CALLING ALL WORKERS

Remember 'Music While You Work' on the BBC? The programme began 80 years ago this year.

Announced in the Radio Times as a “half hour’s music meant specially for factory workers to listen to as they work”, it soon proved a favourite with all listeners, as its familiar signature tune by Eric Coates rang out.

On August Bank Holiday Monday, Serenade's Brian Savin traced the programme's fascinating history along with Brian Reynolds.

You can listen to the programme again via our Streaming Audio page HERE


August 2020

'Lockdown' videos from The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra


'Heather on the Pampas' by Sydney del Monte, arranged by Anastasia Arnold


La Morenita by Mátyás Seiber arranged by Roy Bell


The Donkey Serenade by Rudolf Friml arranged by Adam Bakker


August 2020

Light music featured as background music for TV shows

You might like to know that light music is often used as background music in the BBC TV programme 'Antiques Road Trip'.

A recent episode in the series was particularly productive with the following items spread over two programmes:

On a Spring Note
Coronation Scot
Runaway Rocking Horse
also
Swedish Rhapsody, Tick Tock Tango and Fun Fair (these three items were played by Ray Martin and his Orchestra, the latter two being adjacent items on a CD.

Not all of the programmes feature as many items of light music as the example above but there is quite often something to delight us. Also 'Car SOS' uses light music in some episodes.

If you feel so inclined you might still be able to view these programmes on 'catch-up' TV.

Peter Luck


August 2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO
ALL OUR SUPPORTERS

Further to our recent survey, we regret to announce that we have taken the decision to cancel our October event.

The number of responses indicating support was very  small and the great majority did not reply at all.

It appears that most people are not comfortable with the prospect of attending, because of the on-going – and likely to worsen  – COVID-19 situation.

It is possible that new Government restrictions might be in force by October, which could well preclude our ability to  hold the meeting anyway. 

We are hopeful that we will be able to resume ‘normal service’ in 2021, and we have provisionally earmarked Sunday May 9th for the Spring meeting, to be held at the usual venue,
The Lancaster Hall Hotel, London, W2 3EL.

In the meantime, please take a look at our website. In addition to regular news updates, articles  and CD reviews, the new audio streaming service is really taking-off !

Click here to listen to an ever-widening selection of programmes. These include presentations by the late David Ades, André Leon, David Corbett, and some specially  created for us by Steven Wills.

For   your  future  listening  pleasure,  we  are planning to  regularly  add  more  of  the  latter,  by  other presenters  as   well,   and   it   is   intended  to  make

 LONDON LIGHT MUSIC ONLINE

a permanent feature of our activities.

Our organising team join me in extending very best wishes to you during this most unfortunate  time – enjoy the summer, keep safe and stay well.

Tony Clayden
Co-ordinator – 
London Light Music Meetings Group 

email: tony@londonlightmusic.org.uk
phone  020-8449 5559


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New CD reviews added:

19/09/2020
GREAT CLASSIC FILM MUSIC
Volume II
Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra
Iain Sutherland

19/09/2020
ALEXANDRE DESPLAT
AIRLINES
Emmanuel Pahud flute
Orchestre National de France / Desplat

11/09/2020
ANDRÉ PREVIN / DAVID ROSE
LIKE YOUNG & LIKE BLUE

07/09/2020
ERIC COATES: ORCHESTRAL WORKS VOL. 2
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / John Wilson

04/09/2020
VIEUXTEMPS
Works for Violin and Orchestra
Reto Kuppel, violin
Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra - Marcus Bosch

19/08/2020
JOHN WILLIAMS IN VIENNA
Wiener Philharmoniker - Anne-Sophie Mutter

03/08/2020
MATT MONRO
Stranger In Paradise
The Lost New York Sessions

31/07/2020
YO-YO MA PLAYS ENNIO MORRICONE
Yo-Yo Ma (cello)
Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, Ennio Morricone

GREAT CLASSIC FILM MUSIC
Volume II
Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra
Iain Sutherland

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.