The Man from the Sleepy Lagoon











By the Sleepy Lagoon

London Suite Knightsbridge

Wood Nymphs

London Again Suite Langham Place

Calling All Workers

Television March

The Dam Busters March


The most recent performance took place at The King and Queen pub Fitzrovia in June 2017. A video of an earlier performance can be seen at 


Eric Coates, 1886-1957

After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Eric Coates played viola in the Queen's Hall Orchestra, under Sir Henry Wood, from 1910 to 1919. He began to enjoy success as a composer in the 1930s. Knightsbridge, the last movement of his London Suite, was the first of his pieces to be used by BBC radio as a signature tune (In Town Tonight). This was followed by Calling All Workers (Music While You Work) and By the Sleepy Lagoon, which still introduces Desert Island Discs. One of his last works, The Dam Busters March, formed the overture for the film The Dam Busters, released in 1955.

The Queen's Hall, Langham Place

This opened in 1893, and became Britain's premier concert hall. Many leading musicians performed there, and Debussy, Elgar, Ravel, and Richard Strauss were among the composers who came to the hall to conduct their own work. From 1895 to 1941 it was the home of the promenade concerts, established by the manager Robert Newman and the conductor Henry Wood. In 1941 the Queen's Hall was destroyed by a bomb during the blitz, and after the War the proms moved to the Royal Albert Hall.


David Acton (Coates) His most recent theatre work was at the Arcola, in Out of Joint's Jane Wenham the Witch of Walkern, and in Richard II. Before that he was with the BBC Radio Drama Company. Other theatre work includes Sue Blundell's How To Be Happy, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Propeller and Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre) which he is about to take on tour.


Rob McIndoe (director) His work includes Night Of The Umbrella (Lion & Unicorn), Threw A Glass Darkly (Royal Court), Remote Controlled (Unity Theatre Liverpool), Little Englanders (Etcetera) and Ellen Terry (St. Paul's), co-written by Sue Blundell and The Bonnington playwrights.


Sue Blundell (writer) Her most recent plays include 189 Pieces, staged at The British Museum in 2014, and Treasure, a short monologue about Peter Mark Roget of Thesaurus fame, performed in Manchester in 2015. She has also written plays about the Crystal Palace, the Happiness Index, Charles Darwin, the suffragette who slashed the Rokeby Venus, and the Greater London Council.

The Festival Musicians

Emilia Zakrzewska, Flute

Daniel Bates, Oboe

Matthew Draper, Oboe and Cor Anglais

Waffy Spencer, Clarinet

Amy Harman, Bassoon

The Eusebius String Quartet