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Spring Bank Holiday Concert

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Monday, 30 May, 2011

This was my first concert seeing this very talented group of musicians, and I was impressed!

They aim to play what was once popular "light music" from the Edwardian and inter-war era, and also some more recent tunes from the 1950's and 1960's.

It reminded my in many ways of listening to some of the music on Alan Keith's programme "Your Hundred Best Tunes" which ran on Radio 2 for many years from 1959.

In this programme on Monday afternoon, we heard music by Ernest Tomlinson, Arthur Sullivan, Leroy Anderson, Charles Williams and some Norwegian tunes that the group played last year when they were in Norway.

The programme began with a march by Leif Orvan (Jegermarsj) and we also heard a cantabile by Ole Bull, who was a composer and Norwegian nationalist.

One of my own particular favourites was in the second half, when Liz Menezes, who also plays the violin, sang the charming and sentimental ballad, "Won't you come over and Play Croquet?" by Franklin Ardelle.

These lovely ballads are very seldom heard nowadays, but were once very popular in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

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Review by Alastair Wills

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