WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE
THE GOLDEN AGE OF SONG:
JEROME KERN – THE ‘DADDY’ OF THEM ALL
Lecturer: Pip Burley
Doors 2pm, 2.30pm start - Millennium Hall
Visitors welcome. £5 on the door.
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Kern was born of middle-class parents in New York in 1885 and, in a career spanning more than four decades, composed more than 700 songs used in over 100 stage works, musicals and films. He was one of the great, if not the greatest, innovators of American popular song and the ‘father’ of a whole family of songwriters who would follow him. Songs featured include: “A Fine Romance”, “The Folks Who Live on the Hill”, “I Won’t Dance”, “Long Ago and Far Away”, “ All the Things You Are”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “They Didn’t Believe Me”.
Pip Burley began his musical career playing Rock'n'Roll in the 60s and 70s as well as working with the big bands - including Sydney Lipton, Joe Loss and Ken Mackintosh. He went on to compose and record music for commercials, theatre, film and television and, in 1990, won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Television Theme music for The Darling Buds of May - a TV series he also produced (discovering Catherine Zeta-Jones in the process). Other television successes include the multi-award winning series A Touch of Frost, the most watched police series of all time, created for and starring David Jason. As a sideline he also managed to start and run an advertising agency!