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Dateline March 2011

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Brian Reynolds has advised us of some interesting concerts during the next few months:

BBC Elstree Concert Band - Sunday 3rd April at 3.00pm Maida Vale (Studio 1) in a programme of music that would have been broadcast from the Maida Vale studios during their halcyon years.

Alassio Concert Orchestra - Sunday 10th. April 2.45pm at Worthing Assembly Hall. A programme entitled 'The Soul of Spain'. Programme to include Moskowski's Spanish Dances, Amporita Roca (Texidor), Tango in D (Albeniz), Le Cid ballet music (Massenet) Prelude to Act 1 Carmen (Bizet) and Espana (Chabrier)

Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra - Monday 30th May 2011 at 2.30 pm. Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London, N6

Top film composer John Barry died on 30 January following a heart attack. A full tribute to this outstanding composer and arranger will be included in our June magazine.

BBC Television is currently working on a documentary for BBC Four about the musicians and sound engineers involved in quality easy listening music from the 1960s onwards. We understand thatRobert Farnon will be featured in the programme, which is provisionally titled "Music For Pleasure".

EMI is now 100% owned by its bankers, Citigroup, having been unable to pay its debts.

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About Geoff 123
Geoff Leonard was born in Bristol. He spent much of his working career in banking but became an independent record producer in the early nineties, specialising in the works of John Barry and British TV theme compilations.
He also wrote liner notes for many soundtrack albums, including those by John Barry, Roy Budd, Ron Grainer, Maurice Jarre and Johnny Harris. He co-wrote two biographies of John Barry in 1998 and 2008, and is currently working on a biography of singer, actor, producer Adam Faith.
He joined the Internet Movie Data-base (www.imdb.com) as a data-manager in 2001 and looked after biographies, composers and the music-department, amongst other tasks. He retired after nine years loyal service in order to continue writing.