The composer and arranger Roy Douglas died on March 23rd 2015, at the great age of 107. Almost totally self-taught, he worked extensively with Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Walton. He is probably best known for his collaboration with Richard Addinsell, especially on the Warsaw Concerto, (written for the WWII film "Dangerous Moonlight"), in the composition of which he almost certainly played the greater part. He only received £100 for his efforts - whilst Addinsell reputedly made millions - and he never even received 'proper' recognition for his indispensable contribution to that work.
His reputation, and fortunately his finances, fared much better as a result of his re-orchestration, in 1936, of Frederic Chopin's music for the ballet "Les Sylphides". For this opus he was fully credited and he continued to receive a substantial royalty income for the rest of his life.
An Afternoon of Light Music (recordings) will be presented at The British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum on Saturday afternoon
28th March 2015 at 12.30pm
Presentation by Brian Reynolds and Chris Money
The cost is £10 per person
and a light lunch will be provided
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum,
23 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich,
London SE21 8DS
Please telephone in advance to make a booking
Please call Eileen on
020- 8670 3667
All proceeds to the Museum Trust.
Registered Charity No 1111516
The next meeting of The London Light Music Meetings Group, to be held on Sunday 10th May, will include a performance from Simply Saxes and a tribute to David Ades. Full details of the event can be found here:
London Light Music Meetings Group - May 2015 Meeting
David Ades 1938 - 2015
If you have any particular requests for recordings or for items for future meetings, please contact Tony Clayden. His e-mail and telephone number are shown on the flyer above.
The LLMMG Autumn meeting is scheduled for Sunday 11th October 2015 when guest speaker will be Gavin Sutherland, Chairman of The Light Music Society.
David Ades was a good and kind man whose seemingly limitless knowledge of Light Music, in all of its multifarious forms, earned him the friendship and respect of musicians and music-lovers the world over.
I first encountered David when I was in my early twenties and he was an invaluable support to me at the start of my career. He helped me organise a number of concerts, most notably Robert Farnon's 80th Birthday Concert at St. John's, Smith Square, which he presented from the stage.
The revival of interest in Light Orchestral Music over the past two decades owes much to David's tireless work as editor of the Robert Farnon Society's Journal and to his work as a producer of over 100 CDs, ensuring that a significant body of English Music is preserved for generations to come.