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The Queen's Hall Light Orchestra - Volume 2

  • Sidney Torch:
  • Amore Mio 1
  • Meandering 1
  • Robert Farnon:
  • Proud Canvas 2
  • The Huckle-buckle 2
  • Charles Williams:
  • Exhilaration 2
  • They Ride By Night 1
  • Clive Richardson:
  • Jamboree 2
  • Outward Bound 1
  • Colin Smith: Looking Around 2
  • Eric Siday: Luna Park 1
  • Geoffrey Henman: Champagne March 1
  • Haydn Wood: Snapshots Of London Suite 1
  • Jack Beaver: News Theatre 1
  • Tony Lowry: Seascape 2
  • Jack Strachey: Top Of The Bill 1
  • Michael North: Coliseum March 2
  • James Moody: Palm Beach Promenade 2
  • John Holliday: Punchinello 2
  • Peter Yorke: Quiet Countryside 1
  • Joyce Cochrane: Honey Child 2
  • Mark Lubbock: Moon Lullaby 2
  • Montague Phillips: Waltz From "Dance Revels" 2
  • Philip Green: Pan American Panorama 1
  • Richard Addinsell: Drifting 1
  • Robert Busby: Orchid Room 2
  • Vivian Ellis: Alpine Pastures 1
1 Queen's Hall Light Orchestra/Sidney Torch
2 Queen's Hall Light Orchestra/Charles Williams
3 Queen's Hall Light Orchestra/Robert Farnon
Dutton Vocalion CDEA6061 78m ADD
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The classic second volume of the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra contains even more gems than before with a host of undisclosed delicacies that are indeed a joy to listen to.

Best of all is Haydn Wood's 'Snapshots of London' suite with three beautiful movements that are genially conducted by that doyen of light music conductors, Sidney Torch.

Torch is also well represented with his own music, pieces such as 'Meandering' and the delightful 'Amore Mio'. Robert Farnon, one of the finest exponents of the genre conducts the lion's share of the programme with his own works naturally represented.

Charles Williams is not to be overlooked, his music is also very tuneful and highly listenable especially the legendary 'They Ride by Night'. There's a host of other intriguing and relaxing works by a string of lesser known composers such as Henman, Ellis, Yorke and Busby, you will never fail to find a tune to make you smile, and that's for certain!

Dutton's documentation includes succinct biographies on each composer and the remastering almost beggars belief. For lovers of the British Light Music genre, this is not to be missed.

Copyright © 2001, Gerald Fenech