Respectfully known as the "king of light music,"Eric Coates was one of England's greatest composers. A prolific writer, Coates wrote pieces for orchestras, chamber groups, and solo pianists. In addition to penning more than 160 ballads, he composed numerous instrumental settings for the poetry of William Shakespeare and other British poets. His many radio themes included the theme of the popular BBC radio show #Calling All Workers, which aired four times a day, five days a week. Coates made his orchestral debut in 1911 when his composition Miniature Suite was performed by the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra under the direction of Sir Henry Wood. Coates played viola with the orchestra during the premiere. Although he wrote his most enduring tune, Stonecracker John, in 1909, Coates enjoyed a revival of his popularity in the late '20s when his songs Birdsongs at Eventide and Homeward to You became major hits. He remained active until shortly before his death in 1957, composing The Dam Busters March and High Flight for popular early-'50s films. Coates' long career is recalled in an autobiography, -Suite in Four Movements, and a biography, #In Town Tonight, written by Geoffrey Self. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi

Eric Coates 'Knightsbridge' - John Wilson conducts
Eric Coates : Nine Marches for orchestra (1937-57) conducted by John Wilson
Eric Coates : Orchestral Works, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult (originally on Lyrita LP SRCS 107)
Eric Coates : London (London Every Day), Suite for orchestra (1933)
Eric Coates : Springtime, Suite for orchestra (1937)
The Dam Busters- Eric Coates
Eric Coates : Four Centuries, Suite for orchestra (1942)
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