Saturdays, 9pm. Last year, David Mellor presented a series of programmes which shone the spotlight on a much-maligned – but much-enjoyed – genre of music: Light Music. Hundreds of Classic FM listeners got in touch to ask for more, so David now begins a brand new series of his Light Music Masters. Let him know your thoughts via the form below or tweet @ClassicFM.
Originating in the 19th century, Light Music is a hugely popular genre. Usually short – always melodic – orchestral pieces composed to appeal to a wide audience, many have become timeless favourites through film, radio and TV.
Light Music is well worth discovering, which is why David Mellor is presenting this new six-part series for the summer on Classic FM.
David Mellor hosts the first episode in a brand new series of his Light Music Masters programme.
Over the weeks ahead, David will celebrate this often-maligned but much-loved genre of music, shining the spotlight on esteemed British composers of the genre such as Eric Coates, Ronald Binge and Angela Morley. He'll also be taking us Stateside for a selection of recordings from the famous Boston Pops Orchestra, and will venture even further afield to discover some rarely-heard Light Music gems from around the world.
Saturday 14th April
David hosts the second episode in his brand new Light Music Masters series.
Tonight, he showcases the music of the man known as the King of Light Music: Eric Coates. This Nottingham-born composer counted Sir Edward Elgar as one of his biggest fans, and the musical highlights we'll hear include the rousing Dambusters March, the London Suite, and the beautiful Three Elizabeths Suite.