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 a Light Music concerto.
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960): Dusk
This piece was consistently voted the most popular work to be played on the BBC Light Music programme.
Haydn Wood (1882-1959): A Brown Bird Singing
Wood’s songs brought him great fame and none more so than this one, presented here in the composers own transcription.
Hermann Fink (1872-1939): In the Shadows
Fink was a Dutchman who moved to London working mainly conducting shows. Fame came to him by way of this little miniature.
Eric Coates (1886-1957): Bank Holiday (from “The Cockney Suite”)
This piece bears all the familiar trademarks of his style in music bursting with colour and élan.
Eric Coates (1886-1957): (a) Fresh Morning; (b) Dance of the Twilight (both from “Springtime Suite”); (c) Knightsbridge March; (d) High Flight and (e) The Dambusters March.
These are three of Coates’s great marches the final one being perhaps the greatest one of all.