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Classical Editor: Rob Barnett

A 210th GARLAND OF BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC COMPOSERS

Previous Garlands have alluded to members of the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra in Dan Godfrey’s day, who also composed: Jean Gennin, Cecil White, Theo de la Riviere and Montague Birch. Another is William ("Billy") Byrne, percussionist from the Orchestra’s earliest days in 1893 until his retirement in 1927 (he played occasionally thereafter, up to his death in 1937). His compositions, which of course featured percussion instruments, included Rosewood Ripples and Whispering Pines.

Philip A. Stott deserves a mention here for his Wind in the Willows Recorder Book (1987), pieces for recorder solo, duet and ensemble inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s classic and intended for young performers also the earliest and similar Peter Rabbit Recorder Book (1984) for descant recorder. Ann Hamerton shall also be remembered for her short, tuneful choral songs like Spring Has Come, The Little Fir Tree and Shepherd’s Carol and for the Three Pieces, published in 1958 for oboe and piano.

Daryl Griffith is a member of the excellent London Salon Ensemble, in which he plays harmonium or percussion. He composes, too; Orient Express – a popular title used by other composers including Philip Sparke – was especially written for the LSE.

A brass band composer to mention is Clive Bright who seems, around the mid 20th century period, to have composed pieces for less advanced ensembles, like the Festival Suite, in three short movements, which I heard recently.

Finally for my TV/film composer I offer the Irishman Shaun Davey, best known for his music for BBC TV’s series of Ballykissangel, but who also furnished music for a large screen version of Twelfth Night. [The editor would like to draw attention to Davey's atmospheric Celtic song cycle with orchestra and uillean pipes, Granuaile which has been recorded by the unsurpassable Rita Connolly].

Philip L Scowcroft

July 2001


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Philip's book 'British Light Music Composers' (ISBN 0903413 88 4) is currently out of print.

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