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David Ades was a good and kind man whose seemingly limitless knowledge of Light Music, in all of its multifarious forms, earned him the friendship and respect of musicians and music-lovers the world over.

I first encountered David when I was in my early twenties and he was an invaluable support to me at the start of my career.  He helped me organise a number of concerts, most notably Robert Farnon's 80th Birthday Concert at St. John's, Smith Square, which he presented from the stage.

The revival of interest in Light Orchestral Music over the past two decades owes much to David's tireless work as editor of the Robert Farnon Society's Journal and to his work as a producer of over 100 CDs, ensuring that a significant body of English Music is preserved for generations to come.

John Wilson.

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Tony Clayden has written a tribute to David Ades

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We regret to report the death, on December 22 Gerald Crossman ­ distinguished accordionist, bandleader and light music composer, at the age of 94. He was particularly known to radio listeners in the 1950s and 1960s, directing his Gerald Crossman Players, which gave hundreds of broadcasts on the Light Programme and Home Service of the BBC. These included 123 editions of 'Music While You Work.' His signature tune was' A Night in Montmartre', one of over 100 pieces of light music which he composed during his long career. He also played regularly for many other Broadcasting Orchestra leaders of the day, such as Louis Voss, Ralph Elman, Sidney Davey, Arthur Anton, Lionel Falkman, Marcel Gardner and George Scott-Wood, to name but a few! I was privileged to know him for many years. He was real gentleman and one of those rare people who never had a bad word to say about anyone.

A full account of his life and work can be found on Brian Reynolds’ site ‘MASTERS OF MELODY’

Brian Reynolds – January 2015

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An article by William Zucker

Over this past summer, since the JIM ceased publication, I have discovered on line another site where one might partake of all varieties of music - serious, light, and popular - namely, X-Box Music, where I was enabled to listen to many examples of light music - familiar and unfamiliar - that at the time were not available for listening on more traditional sites, such as YouTube.

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Author : David Corbett (2013)
Publisher: YouCaxton Publications - ISBN 978-1-909644-12-0

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The incredibly successful series of "Golden Age of Light Music" CDs produced by Guild Music has already passed the magical figure of 100, but the series still continues. These are the latest releases:

Guild Light Music CDs are sold by all good retailers, and they are distributed in many countries of the world. If you have difficulty in finding them, they are readily available from the major internet mail order sites such as Amazon.

 
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The incredibly successful series of "Golden Age of Light Music" CDs produced by Guild Music has already passed the magical figure of 100, but the series still continues. These are the latest releases:

Guild Light Music CDs are sold by all good retailers, and they are distributed in many countries of the world. If you have difficulty in finding them, they are readily available from the major internet mail order sites such as Amazon.

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TEAM SPIRIT Invicta Concert Band plays the music of Brian Reynolds Conductor – Jim Harrison 25 tracks incl. Team Spirit; Mediterranean Honeymoon; Sweetcorn; Black and White Tango; Carnival in Caracas; Elizabethan Tapestry; Clarinade; Seven Senoritas; Southern Serenade; Tarantella; Swing into Summer … CD1 [77:58]

By Peter Burt

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The incredibly successful series of "Golden Age of Light Music" CDs produced by Guild Music has already passed the magical figure of 100, but the series still continues. These are the latest releases:

Guild Light Music CDs are sold by all good retailers, and they are distributed in many countries of the world. If you have difficulty in finding them, they are readily available from the major internet mail order sites such as Amazon.

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RFS members & others in many countries may recall an excellent publication of the 1980s & 90s, ‘New Zealand Film Music Bulletin’ produced by Colin Adamson.  In a period before widespread internet it was a great source of information about who was composing what, new soundtrack releases, & profiles of the top composers of the day.

Sadly, Colin passed away at his home in New Zealand on 12 June after a long illness. He lived in my city & we had known each other since teen years in the late 1950s. His love of Bob’s music & knowledge of light orchestral & film music was encyclopaedic & we shared many happy hours just listening.

Greatly missed.

Peter Richardson
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About Geoff 123
Geoff Leonard was born in Bristol. He spent much of his working career in banking but became an independent record producer in the early nineties, specialising in the works of John Barry and British TV theme compilations.
He also wrote liner notes for many soundtrack albums, including those by John Barry, Roy Budd, Ron Grainer, Maurice Jarre and Johnny Harris. He co-wrote two biographies of John Barry in 1998 and 2008, and is currently working on a biography of singer, actor, producer Adam Faith.
He joined the Internet Movie Data-base (www.imdb.com) as a data-manager in 2001 and looked after biographies, composers and the music-department, amongst other tasks. He retired after nine years loyal service in order to continue writing.