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 many pieces including the two in our
programme. Both pieces achieved world fame as introductions to BBC serials.
Frederick Curzon (1899-1973): March of the Bowman (from Robin Hood Suite)
Curzon started life as a cinema organist before becoming a full-time arranger and composer. The March of the Bowman became his best-loved work, being the prelude to “curtain up” at cinemas world-wide.
Ronald Binge (1910-1979): (a) La Castanuelas (b) Madrugado
Spain was an irresistible attraction to many composers, notably Ronald Binge. These are picture postcard impressions of tourist Spain.
Haydn Wood (1882-1959): Mylecharane
Haydn Wood was influenced by the Isle of Man and his tone poem Mylecharane uses folk elements from the Channel Islands. Woods output was prodigious, embracing all musical forms be they light music or more substantial fare.
Geoffrey Toye (1889-1942): The Enchanted Ballroom
Well known as a fine conductor, Toye here produces a miniature waltz full of aching nostalgia.