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90th Anniversary of the BBC Music Library

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 17 January 2014

Friday Night is Music Night celebrates 90 years of the BBC Music Library with Ken Bruce live from the Mermaid Theatre in London.

Since its inception in 1922 the BBC has played an important part in the musical life of the UK. By the late 1920s the Times news paper reported that Auntie Beeb was the biggest purveyor of music in the country. At first musicians were wary of the BBC and thought that this new broadcasting business would kill off live public performance. But far from it. Live performance was what the BBC was all about. Dance bands, orchestras, soloists and other ensembles were invited to broadcast from No 2 Savoy Hill and need for scores and musical arrangements grew. In March 1923 the British Broadcasting Company as it was then appointed its first music librarian - Frank Hook. In 1932 the library moved to the 5th floor of the then new Broadcasting House. An unexploded bomb crashed into library in 1940. Tragically 2 people were killed trying to detonate the device and many scores were lost in the blast.

Despite Hitler's efforts - today it is a huge wealth of material used in radio and television broadcasts along with a Gramophone Library which is the envy of the world. Just a casual flick through the sheet music catalogue reveals works from all the great classical composers as well as film; choral and musicals plus commissions for the Proms and specially arranged music for shows like the Goons; Henry Hall; The Two Ronnies; Morecambe and Wise; Dr Who and Strictly Come Dancing.

Roderick Dunk conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra and our guests tonight feature some of BBC Radio 2's young award winners including Radio 2 Young Choristers Laura Barraclough and Luke McWatters, Young Brass Soloist Josiah Walters and Young Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar.

During the interval we take a tour round the vaults with its vast archive of music scores, some which are unique and priceless.

The programme was first broadcast 17th January 2014.

Music Played

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  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Roderick Dunk Friday Night Is Music Night Opening Sig Tune

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk ENTRY OF THE GLADIATORS

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk STARLIGHT ROOF WALTZ

  • Image for Laura Barraclough

    Laura Barraclough and BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk WHEN SHE LOVED ME

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk ON A SPRING NOTE

  • Image for Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk COLDITZ MARCH

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk A Canadian in Mayfair

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk and Luke Mcwatters I'M WALKING IN THE AIR

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk and Josiah Walters Ballade for Bass Trombone, Harp and Strings

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra

    BBC Concert Orchestra SAY IT WITH MUSIC

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk ARTHUR'S THEME

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  • Image for BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA C.B. RODERICK DUNK

    BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA C.B. RODERICK DUNK CALLING ALL WORKERS

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk CHANSON DE NUIT

  • Image for Ciaran Algar

    Ciaran Algar and Greg Russell THE NEW RAILROAD

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Roderick Dunk Overture - West Side Story

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk

    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk ALLEGRO MA NON TROPPO - 4TH MVT SYMPHONY NO. 8

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    BBC Concert Orchestra CB Roderick Dunk FNIMN Closing Sig Tune

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