Corporate member blog: The Light Music Society

David Greenhalgh, trustee of the Light Music Society, talks about his group’s mission and vision, and their return to live performances. 

The Light Music Society is a members’ society dedicated to the preservation, promotion and performance of Light Music. A one-of-a-kind group, it is both a membership organisation and the custodian of the largest library and archive of its type, with a vast printed and manuscript music stock representing over 100 years of music making from the UK and abroad.  

Light Music bridges the gap between classical and popular music. It is music with immediate appeal, music to entertain and to enjoy, with a strong emphasis on melody. We have a wealth of experience in the light music genre, regularly adding to the body of knowledge by staging events and contributing to the society’s excellent quarterly magazine. This combination of membership and librarianship enables the society to serve as a centre of excellence for this genre.  

The Orchestra of the Light Music Society once graced the airwaves in the 60s and 70s, with performances for the BBC in collaboration with some of the world’s most famous musicians, including Sir Malcolm Arnold and the hard rock group Deep Purple. 

The Light Music Society library and archive

We are proud to announce our next event: a thrilling afternoon concert by our young vibrant orchestra, presenting some of the very best in light music from radio, TV, film and the stage - as well as some Viennese favourites!

The performance will see the return of conductor Alexander Webb and orchestra leader Matthew Chadbond, who will lead us through this exciting and emotive programme of light classical favourites, including ‘Calling All Workers’, music from The Sound of Music, ‘The Florentiner March’ (from Brassed Off), and ‘Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka'. We are also excited to announce the return of accomplished soprano soloist April Elizabeth Grime, who will be singing music from Die Fledermaus and Rusalka.  

The venue is operating a bar, and there will be opportunities to meet society personnel and learn more about what we do. 

The concert is being held on Sunday 16 January 2022, 3:30pm at Christ Church, Cross Street, Skipton, BD23 2AH. For more information, please visit our events page

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