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Great Masters of Light Music

From the Royal Festival Hall, John Wilson conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of light music. With Eric Coates, Ernest Tomlinson, Haydn Wood and Robert Farnon.

Live from the Royal Festival Hall

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

John Wilson conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a concert celebrating the masters of light music including Eric Coates, Ernest Tomlinson, Haydn Wood and Robert Farnon. There's London-themed music from Eric Coates whose Knightsbridge March conjures up the busy London street with its traffic and street cries, and from Haydn Wood whose London Cameos feature musical depictions of The City, St James's Park and Wellington Barracks. The golden age of rail travel is celebrated in Coronation Scot, Vivian Ellis's salute to the London to Glasgow express, which was used as the theme tune to the BBC's Paul Temple series and the concert features Jumping Bean by Robert Farnon, one of the greatest of them all, plus Angela Morley's tribute to Farnon, A Canadian in Mayfair.

Arthur Sullivan: Overture di Ballo
Edward German: Prelude to Romeo and Juliet
Eric Coates: The Three Elizabeths Suite

8.50 Interval - Petroc Trelawny talks to David Ades, Secretary of the Robert Farnon Society, discussing not only the music in the concert, but what made the great light music composers great. We also hear from Anthony Bath, the 93-year old son of composer Hubert Bath, and if we're lucky, conductor John Wilson will reveal his favourite light music composer

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Eric Coates: London Calling
Haydn Wood: London Cameos Suite
Robert Farnon: Jumping Bean
Ken Warner: Scrub Brothers, Scrub!
Vivian Ellis: Coronation Scot
Armstrong Gibbs: Dusk
Angela Morley: A Canadian in Mayfair
Ernest Tomlinson: Waltz for a Princess
Eric Coates: Knightsbridge from London (London Every Day) Suite
BBC Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson conductor.

2 hours, 30 minutes

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