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A 226th GARLAND OF BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC COMPOSERS

We begin this 226th bouquet with Daryl Runswick, born in Leicester in 1946 and educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge: a multi-talented figure who has achieved exposure as conductor, tenor singer, double bass player, record producer (notably for The Kings Singers) and as Professor of Composition and Media Studies at Trinity College, London, a position for which he was well qualified as he has, over the past quarter of a century, written a considerable quantity for films and TV. He has always been interested in jazz and a number of his publications reflect this. His compositions also include Suite and Low, for double basses, and Suite and Hot (1988: three movements for trumpet and piano) and he has to his credit a considerable number of arrangements, including some for the Kings Singers.

Next for two occasional composers, both of whom were by coincidence living in Doncaster in 1950 but who were otherwise very different. R.L.D. Edwards ran Edwards Motors, a local car firm founded by his father-in-law W. E. Clark. Edwards’ hobby was composing popular songs, sometimes both lyrics and music – no fewer than 40 in 1950 alone, of which Dandelion Clock was broadcast and Kiss Me Again and Again was published. Kate C. Mortlock was born in 1865 and up to 1950 was credited with more than 50 lightish compositions including songs, like Here’s To The Hunt, and piano pieces of which we may instance A Prelude to Nothing About Less.

For our own final paragraph we return to the Victorian era. David Clegg appears to have specialised in novelty organ pieces like Russian Patrol, quite recently recorded, A Church Service Interrupted By a Thunderstorm and The Famous Lucerne Storm Piece. John Pridham’s best known piece was Battle March of Delhi which probably celebrated the heroic action in the Indian Mutiny 1851, which was published for piano solo but was also arranged for orchestra and for organ; other piano titles by him included the polka The Hop Pickers and The Yorkshire Bells.

Philip L Scowcroft

October 2001


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