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.