, June 2001
"In reviewing Bill Worland's 'Fumble Four Bars In' (News 80 p.246) I said I would love to hear some of his music. Now, courtesy of Marco Polo and the highly accomplished RTE Orchestra, brilliantly directed by the young Gavin Sutherland, I have my wish. Worland, born in 1921, was a pianist in dance bands and light orchestras either side of the Second War and turned his hand to composition at a time when British light music was going into something of a decline in public appreciation He is not easily discouraged, however, and has continued composing, achieving broadcast and some live performances and now a CD to himself in Marco Polo's admirable series. And an attractive one it is, too, and quite varied. Worland, like not a few light music composers, derives inspiration from Latin American and Spanish rhythms, as we can hear from the Tres Senoritas suite and the movements Latin Lovers, Pepita, Sombrero, Happy Hacienda and Bossa Romantica, all in this disc, all tuneful and entertaining. I also enjoyed In the Shadow of Vesuvius, a suite, or sequence in several sections, which conveys the colour of Italy nicely...Worland's piece of train music is Farnonish too - hardly surprising in view of Farnon's long-held, high status in light music this side of the Atlantic...Bill Worland will be a new experience for many of you, but hopefully an enjoyable one. I hope there is more o come from his pen."