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24 EVERGREEN Autumn (continued) Orchestra, he ran all his ensembles with a firm hand and, although not popular with all musicians, his high standards produced several years of excellent broadcasting before he retired in 1972. These were the days when the Light Programme did exactly what its name described with several programmes of tuneful music every day, Friday Night is Music Night being the crème de la crème at the end of the working week. Venues have been many and varied. The Camden Theatre and Golders Green Hippodrome featured prominently in the early years, as did the Fairfield Halls at Croydon and the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea. Other venues have The front cover of the September 1973 BBC magazine focused on the multitalented and highly adaptable BBC Concert Orchestra. Richard Baker, presenter (seated), and Kenneth Alwyn, conductor, take a break from rehearsals at Weymouth during the 1994 Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race. included Hackney Empire, Watford Colosseum and London’s Mermaid Theatre. FNIMN has also made guest appearances at many other halls and theatres. Principal conductors of the highly versatile BBC Concert Orchestra have been, in order, Gilbert Vinter, Charles Mackerras, Vilem Tausky, Marcus Dods, Ashley Lawrence, Barry Wordsworth and Keith Lockhart. However, FNIMN invariably uses guest conductors and apart from Sidney Torch who, despite his public persona was also known for discreet acts of financial generosity to musicians in need, another long-standing stalwart, Kenneth Alwyn, spent 30 years

2017 EVERGREEN 25 Friday Night is Music Night often celebrates notable events and this is the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain which took place in 1990. as both conductor and presenter, a record unlikely to be equalled. Matching the music to everyone’s tastes is obviously impossible, but older listeners sometimes feel that music from their younger days is now neglected in favour of music with a modern populist appeal. Nevertheless, there is a small coterie of people who avidly follow the programme wherever it goes and one aspect they hear, which has never changed, is the finale where the presenter announces with due aplomb: “I hope that once again we have proved that Friday Night is Music Night,” followed by the play out theme tune. EDMUND WHITEHOUSE DOLLY MIXTURES There has never been anything like this before — 28 unique orchestral tunes and songs associated with the word “dolly”, including: Dolly Suite (Listen with Mother) Paper Doll Rag Doll Doll’s House Suite Dance Hall Doll Wedding of the Painted Doll Baby Doll Tea Dolls’ Parade China Doll Fairy Doll Broken Doll Dance with a Dolly Banjo Doll Doll Dance Hello Dolly Dancing Dolls Wubba Dolly The Doll and the Showman Goodbye, Dolly Gray etc. PRICE: £9.95 (inc. UK post). overseas by airmail £12; or US $24; Can $26; Aus $27; NZ $31. Dolly Mixtures Code: C168 0800 074 0188 (FREE from UK landlines) Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm. Overseas: +44 1382 575052 This England Publishing Ltd., P.O. Box 814, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH16 9LQ. E-mail: For more great CDs see Evergreen Gifts, pages 152-153.

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