This is all a bit long and complicated for the guilty pleasures thread, but it encourages me to fess up: I love British light music. It was the soundtrack of my childhood. Does anybody else love it, I wonder?
So-called because it’s British and light, with irresistibly perky tunes and arrangements (particularly pizzicato strings), British light music is a distinctive sub-genre that flourished mostly in the 40s, 50s and 60s and was always on the radio in one form or another. Its roots probably lie in the rockin’ choons of Arthur Sullivan, and some of Elgar’s less grandiloquent moments.
Even if you don’t think you’ve heard any, you have, because it’s been used in more radio and TV theme tunes than you can shake a stick at. Even if it hasn’t, you’ll probably have heard it somewhere if you’re of a certain age or heading that way. For instance:
Ronald Binge: Sailing By (Shipping Forecast); Elizabethan Serenade (later to become Elizabethan Reggae). Eric Coates: By the Sleepy Lagoon (Desert Island Discs); Knightsbridge March (In Town Tonight); Calling All Workers (Music While You Work); The Dam Busters March. Trevor Duncan: Little Suite – March (Dr Finlay’s Casebook). Frederic Curzon: March » Continue Reading.