The Earworm That is Knightsbridge, Conducted by John Wilson

You’ve heard this tune a lot if you, like me, have regularly tuned in to the BBC over the years. (It was the signature song for the twice-a-day radio program Music While You Work during WW2, a lee-tle before my time.) This is a sprightly “march” with a grand ending that doesn’t sound deserved—which is why I can’t get it out of my head—unless you know that this is the final movement of an entire 17-minute 3-movement suite (full London Suite available for listening here): Tarantella (for Covent Garden), Meditation (for Westminster), then March (for Knightsbridge).

Performed by the BBC Symphony for the program “British Light Music” at the 2500 seat Royal Festival Hall in London, 2011.

I thoroughly enjoy watching John conduct the works of Eric Coates as he seems to take a personal delight in this particular composer—check out the very grand “Dambusters” below (starting at 6:00; endearing look of satisfaction at 9:10).

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