EVERGREEN’S GOOD MU­SIC AWARD

Evergreen - - Summer 2018 -

John Wil­son comes from Ge­ordieland and while still at school con­ducted a large orches­tra and cho­rus for West Side Story, and also wrote his own pan­tomime. In re­cent years he has come to the fore with his own orches­tra at the Proms. To keen mu­sic lovers, how­ever, he has been on the melody map for many years, cham­pi­oning light mu­sic com­posers in gen­eral and Eric Coates in par­tic­u­lar.

His en­thu­si­asm for good mu­sic knows no bounds and he is much in de­mand as a con­duc­tor. He is also keen on restor­ing his­tor­i­cal fi lms and is cur­rently recre­at­ing orig­i­nal MGM mu­si­cal scores which were de­stroyed 50 years ago. To watch his per­for­mances at the Proms is to sense his pas­sion for fi ne mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment so we take great plea­sure in pre­sent­ing him with our Good

Mu­sic Award. Keep up the good work, John!

The CD be­low is the last in a long line of nearly 270 in- house records and cas­settes put to­gether over more than 25 years by our record­ing en­gi­neer, Eric Holmes, all in con­junc­tion with our mu­sic edi­tor, Percy Bick­erdyke. So, as Eric hangs up his nee­dle and files away his record col­lec­tion for the last time, we wish him a long and happy re­tire­ment. Yes­ter­day’s Mu­sic was unique and in many cases fea­tured tunes never pre­vi­ously com­mer­cially re­leased. We shall miss you, Eric ( see pages 98- 99).

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