You’ve heard this piece a lot if you, like me, have regularly tuned in to the BBC over the years, as it was the signature tune for In Town Tonight. 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 2900-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 “Dam Busters” below (starting at 6:05; endearing look of satisfaction unclouded by thought at 9:10).
- “The Story So Far, with Conductor John Wilson”
- “The Story So Far; Or, Conductor John Wilson—His Limits”