Daily Archives: May 3, 2014

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Music Activities in partnership with Colin Kirkpatrick Music presents This is a new website presenting music programs hosted by the internationally renowned broadcaster Murray Khouri. Music, to quote the late Thomas Beecham “enters the ear with facility and leaves the mind with difficulty”. Our series will embrace neglected genres of...

PROGRAM 1

Eric Coates (1886-1957): By the Sleepy Lagoon A miniature masterpiece composed in 1930 in the form of valse serenade. Charles Williams (1893-1978): (a) Will o the Wisp (b) The Devils Gallop The Charles Williams Concert Orchestra dominated the London Light Music scene throughout the 1930’s. For his orchestra he wrote...

PROGRAM 2

Robert Farnon (1917-2005): (a) Melody Fair (b) Westminster Waltz Frank Sinatra called him “the Guvnor” a title well earned by Robert Farnon. This is music of charm – superbly orchestrated. Ronald Binge (1910-1979): Saxophone Concerto (a) 1st mvt; (b) 2nd mvt. This is a unique work using classical form in...

PROGRAM 3

Charles Arncliff (1880-1952): Nights of Gladness Written in 1912, this is the piece that made Arncliff famous. It became popular all over the world. Percy Fletcher (1879-1932): Bal Masque This piece was made famous by the BBC Sunday night live transmission from the Grand Hotel in Scarborough in England’s north-east....

PROGRAM 4

Roger Quilter (1877-1953):  Children’s Overture Quilter was a supreme melodist, known nowadays as a song writer His Children’s Overture takes well-known nursery melodies and weaves a spell of enchantment around them. Roger Quilter: (a) Will o’ the Wisp; (b) Rosamunde; (c) Fairy Frolic; (d) Goblin Frolic (from “The Rainbow’s End”)....

PROGRAM 5

Charles Williams (1893-1978): (a) Jealous Lover; (b) Dream of Olwen. The first piece was used by Billy Wilder in his film The Apartment while the second one made its debut in the film Dangerous Moonlight. Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900): Three excerpts from Pineapple Poll (arr. Charles McKerras) This started life as...

PROGRAM 6

Mark Lubbock (1898-1986): Polka Dots Lubbock was especially interested in light music and this piece makes a bright beginning to our final programme. Ernest Tomlinson (b. 1924): Little Serenade This is one of light music’s masterpieces. Tomlinson, now nearly ninety, is the great old man of the genre. The opening...