The Man from the Sleepy Lagoon

 

 

 

 

 ERIC COATES:

THE MAN FROM THE SLEEPY LAGOON

by

SUE BLUNDELL

 

Featuring:

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 Rebecca Hossack Gallery in June 2019. A video of an earlier performance can be seen at https://youtu.be/Kkw3_dtogRE 

 

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.

 


The Festival Musicians

Daniel Bates, oboe

Beatrice Phillips, violin

Laura Lutzke, violin 

Adam Newman, viola

Hannah Sloane, cello

 Tim Kipling, flute 

Hugo Lau, clarinet

Ide Ni Chonaill, bassoon

Jack Pilcher, horn

 Freddie Waxman, cor anglais