ERNEST TOM­LIN­SON

Evergreen - - Winter -

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the re­cent death of Ernest Tom­lin­son, aged 90, Bri­tain has lost its fore­most ex­po­nent of Light Mu­sic. When the BBC jet­ti­soned tune­ful mu­sic scores dur­ing the Seven­ties and Eight­ies, Ernest, who was rarely off the Light Pro­gramme with his own orchestra dur­ing the Fifties and early Six­ties, res­cued thou­sands of sheet mu­sic manuscripts from skips. What be­gan as a labour of love at his farm sit­u­ated in the For­est of Bow­land, Lan­cashire, has now turned into a huge mu­sic li­brary to­talling more than 50,000 sets. Iron­i­cally, the BBC now hires them back!

This Eng­land and Ev­er­green se­cretly cam­paigned for more than a decade for Ernest’s hard work to be recog­nised and, just as we had given up all hope, he was awarded the MBE in 2012. If at first you don’t suc­ceed .....

The ba­ton of the Light Mu­sic So­ci­ety, res­cued from obliv­ion by Ernest some years ago, now passes to his daugh­ter, Hilary Ashton, with chair­man and con­duc­tor, Gavin Suther­land di­rect­ing mu­si­cal oper­a­tions. If you would like more in­for­ma­tion then con­tact the hard­work­ing sec­re­tary, Neil Pa­trick, at neil. pa­trick@ icloud. com or send a large s. a. e. to Ays­garth, Sand­wich, Rich­bor­ough Rd., Kent, CT13 9JE.

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