Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Good News


Duke Ellington's Concert of Sacred Music, Coventry Cathedral, 21 February 1966, the European première of his suite In The Beginning God, has now been released on limited edition DVD by Network On Air.

This particular recording was unearthed in the archives of Coventry Cathedral by Dr Nicolas Pillai and restored by Kaleidoscope.

From the Network On Air website...

A staple genre on ITV from its early days and much loved by the viewing public, Light Entertainment shows transcended class, religion and age – their joyous mix of comedy, variety and music firmly establishing them as undeniable highlights of the weekly TV schedule. Producer of key shows across the ITV Network from the mid 1950s, ABC Television was perfectly placed to create both popular series and ratings hit specials – and this release contains four classic Light Entertainment shows from the 1960s:

SAMMY DAVIS JR MEETS THE BRITISH (1960)
Hot on the heels of his bravura Royal Variety Performance Sammy starred in this high profile TV spectacular.

STEAMBOAT SHUFFLE (1960)
The sole surviving edition of the Dixieland music series, featuring jazz legend Kenny Baker.

BIG NIGHT OUT PRESENTS THE PEGGY LEE SHOW (1961)
The incomparable Peggy Lee in her first ever British TV Show - with special guest Bing Crosby!

CELEBRATION (1966)
This trailblazing fusion of secular and sacred featured the European premiere of Duke Ellington's Concert of Sacred Music.

The DVD, which is Region 2 PAL, may be ordered here.




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