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  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    

A 259th GARLAND OF BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC COMPOSERS

David A Lane is a Lecturer in Music at the Doncaster College, specialising in piano and keyboard playing. But he also has a considerable reputation as a composer. As far back as 1975 he provided original music for Shakespeareís A Midsummer Nightís Dream. Much more recently (2000) he wrote music for the Mystery Plays at the Malvern (Worcs) Festival, to considerable acclaim. More recently still, in 2002, he began composing, as part of a portfolio for a Masterís Degree in Composition at Salford University. A series of nine piano pieces is collectively entitled the Three Times Suite, and each movement is a pastiche in one of three specific periods in musical history: baroque, romantic and ragtime. Three of the pieces (Prelude, Nocturne, Drag Rag, obviously one from each of Mr Lane's "periods", were performed in a public recital at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery in March 2002. In the same year Dave won the first ever Salford University Kirklees Music Publishing Prize for his brass band composition entitled A Winter Suite. He tells me that the three movements of this will form part of Three Times.

Two more TV composers to mention: Al Lethbridge, most recently for the Channel 4 documentary series World in Arms (2002); and Rolfe Kent for the ITV drama feature The Jury (also 2002). And Stephen Reynolds (no relation of Alfred) had a modest but real reputation for tuneful piano miniatures, examples of which are Le Printemps and Chanson díAutomne.

Finally for three names from the English musical stage in the 1980s. Andrew Schofield and Tony Naughton combined to write the music for Eppingham Camp, produced at Liverpool Playhouse in 1982; and Shirie Roden obliged for Paddington Bearís Magical Musical, which was toured widely through the provinces in 1982-3. (I find it surprising that this did not reach the West End, considering the wide popularity of the main character). All three names seem to be "singletons", at any rate as far as theatre work is concerned.

Philip L Scowcroft

March 2002


Enquiries to Philip at

8 Rowan Mount

DONCASTER

S YORKS DN2 5PJ

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

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