You’ve heard this piece a lot if you, like me, have regularly tuned in to the BBC over the years. (It was briefly the replacement signature song for the twice-a-day radio program Music While You Work during World War 2: my mother’s 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 actually the final movement of an entire 17-minute suite.
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 have taken a personal delight in this particular composer—check out the very grand “Dambusters” below (starting at 6:05; endearing look of satisfaction unclouded by thought at 9:10).