CLIVE RICHARDSON (1909 - 1998)
Clive Richardson studied at the RAM and quickly established himself on the popular music scene, working at Gainsborough Pictures on the Will Hay comedies, and other films, and at the BBC providing many of the famous ITMA arrangements of familiar tunes that were so much an integral feature of the programme that played to most of the British population it would seem up to 1949 and the death of its star, Tommy Handley. Holiday Spirit became familiar as the theme of Children’s Television Newsreel in the 1950s. Unbelievably, given its popularity, all material for the piece disappeared and this reconstruction was made by John Bell for an edition of Friday Night Is Music Night.
© 2006 Philip Lane