14 Apr

CD review – Guild GLCD 5225 – More Gems from the 1930s

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This is a cracking collection of light music of the ‘30s, mainly from the continent – and if you like that era’s melodies, then you'll lap up these twenty-two tracks !

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01 Apr

Composer and arranger Roy Douglas dies

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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.  

Tony Clayden

March 2015

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13 Mar

Light Music afternoon at the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum

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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

Light Music afternoon at the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum

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11 Mar

Next meeting London Light Music Meetings Group on Sunday 10th May

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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
London Light Music Meetings Group - May 2015 Meeting

David Ades
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.



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02 Mar

Report on the second meeting of the London Light Music Group, October 12th 2014

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02 Mar

Report on the inaugural meeting of the London Light Music Group May 11th 2014

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28 Feb

Tribute to David Ades from John Wilson

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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.

John Wilson.

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26 Feb

David Clive Ades (1938 - 2015)

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Tony Clayden has written a tribute to David Ades

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