Light music is orchestral music, which originated in the 19th century and continues until the present day. The style is a less "serious" form of Western classical music, featuring usually shorter orchestral pieces of mood music or concert music. Light music is often grouped with 'Easy Listening". On our station playlist you will hear a mix of instrumental light music and excerpts from traditional forms of classical music.
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Percy Fletcher (12 December 1879 – 10 December 1932)
Percy Eastman Fletcher (12 December 1879 – 10 December 1932) was a British composer of classical music, born in Derby. He worked as musical director at London theatres including the Drury Lane Theatre and, from 1915 onward, His Majesty's Theatre. Besides, he wrote ballads, works for chorus, and suites for light orchestra, organ voluntaries for church use, as well as pieces commissioned for brass band competitions, including the tone poem Labour and Love used by the Irwell Springs Band to win the 1913 National Championships. This piece is often regarded as a significant moment in the development of the modern brass band movement and repertoire. It was followed by 'An Epic Symphony', used as the test piece for the Championship Section of the National Championships in 1926.
An article written for the brass band website 4barsrest.com places Fletcher amongst the ten greatest brass band composers.
WIKIPEDIAVIDEO: Organist Diane Bish plays this great piece by composer Percy Fletcher on the organ of St. Patrick's cathedral in Dublin Ireland.
Percy Fletcher - Festival Toccata - Diane Bish -