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Peter Yorke

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Born: 1902; London, England   Died: 1966; England  
b. 4 December 1902, London, England, d. 2 February 1966, England. A highly respected composer, conductor and arranger, Yorke was well known in Britain through his hundreds of broadcasts, and his themes have been widely used on television and radio. In the 30s he was one of the finest dance band orchestrators in England, working with Percival Mackey, Jack Hylton, Louis Levy and many others. After World War II he established himself as a light Read more music composer and conductor through BBC radio shows such as Sweet Serenade, Our Kind Of Music and The Peter Yorke Melody Hours. From the late 40s onwards he made numerous 78s for Columbia Records, including some legendary titles with saxophonist Freddy Gardner (1911-50), which are regarded as models of their genre: ‘I’m In The Mood For Love’, ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, ‘Roses Of Picardy’, ‘These Foolish Things’, ‘Body And Soul’ and ‘Valse Vanite’. Yorke also recorded an early composition, ‘Sapphires And Sables’, which he used as his theme music, and his other notable pieces included ‘Melody Of The Stars’, ‘Dawn Fantasy’, ‘Quiet Countryside’, ‘Caravan Romance’, ‘Carminetta’, ‘Faded Lilac’, ‘Fireflies’, ‘Flyaway Fiddles’, ‘Golden Melody’, ‘Oriental Bazaar’, ‘In My Garden’ - suite, ‘Midnight In Mexico’, ‘Parade Of The Matadors’, ‘Royal Mile’, ‘Highdays And Holidays’, ‘Brandy Snaps’, ‘Miss In Mink’, ‘Lazy Piano’, and ‘Ladies Night’. From 1957-67 ‘Silks And Satins’ was used to close the popular British television soap Emergency Ward 10. Most of Yorke’s original works were written for various London mood music libraries especially Chappells, Francis, Day & Hunter, Bosworth, Harmonic, Conroy, Paxton, Southern and Josef Weinberger. He also conducted several albums of popular songs, mainly for the American market. Read less
Browse 1-17 of 17 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    The Golden Age of Light Music: The Composer Conducts, Vol. 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5214 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Faith,  Rudolf Friml,  Leroy Anderson,  Hal Mooney  ... 
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Rudolf Friml,  Leroy Anderson,  Hal Mooney  ... 
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  • 2.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: My Dream Is Yours
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5209 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Victor Herbert,  Harry Warren,  Mischa Spoliansky,  John Frederic Coots  ... 
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Johny Clegg,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Frank Cordell  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Melodies For The Starlight Hours
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5196 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Katscher,  Jerome Kern,  Frederick Loewe,  Hubert Giraud  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Race,  Harry Pitch
    Conductor:  Laurie Johnson,  Buddy Bregman,  Percy Faith,  Andre Kostelanetz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferrante & Teicher
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Lost Transcriptions, Vol. 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5184 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sydney Baynes,  Noel Coward,  Jonny Heynkens,  Cole Porter  ... 
    Performer:  Denny Vaughan
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Al Orchestra Sack,  Van Phillips,  Peter Yorke  ... 
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  • 5.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: A Return Trip To The Library
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5183 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cedric King Palmer,  Paul Fenoulhet,  Tom Wyler,  Laurie Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Collins,  Tom Wyler,  Robert Farnon,  Dolf van der Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Club Quintet
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    The  Golden Age Of Light Music: Portrait Of My Love
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5179 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cyril Ornadel,  Eric Coates,  Cole Porter,  Sammy Fain  ... 
    Performer:  Cyril Ornadel,  Danish State Radio Orchestra,  Victor Silvester,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani  ... 
    Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel,  Robert Farnon,  Victor Silvester,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani  ... 
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    Golden Age Of Light Music - The Composer Conducts Vol 2
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5178 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Don Gillis,  Robert Farnon,  Peter Yorke  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Sandford,  Montague Ewing,  Albert William Ketèlbey,  Harriet Cohen
    Conductor:  Alfred Newman,  Don Gillis,  Robert Farnon,  Peter Yorke  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neapolitan Novelty Band
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: A First A-Z Of Light Music
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5169 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vivian Ellis,  George Forrest,  David Rose,  Aldo Von Pinelli  ... 
    Performer:  Queen's Hall Light Orchestra,  Warren Barker and His Orchestra,  David & His Orchestra Rose,  Hans-Georg Arlt Orchestra  ... 
    Conductor:  Sidney Torch,  Warren Barker,  David Rose,  Hans-Georg Arlt  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Strings In Rhythm
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5167 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Victor Herbert,  Cole Porter,  Gordon Jenkins,  Lennie Hayton  ... 
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Victor Silvester,  Gordon Jenkins,  George Melachrino  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Orchestral Gems In Stereo
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5165 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tolchard Evans,  Jerome Kern,  Jule Styne,  Charles Trenet  ... 
    Conductor:  Carmen Dragon,  Paul Weston,  Warren Barker,  Xavier Cugat  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victor Silvester & His Silver Strings,  101 Strings (Orchestra)
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Highly Strung
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5166 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jack Mason,  Steve Race,  George French,  Carlos Rocha  ... 
    Performer:  Johnny Dankworth
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Eric Cook,  Eric Jupp,  Philippe Pages  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Knightsbridge Strings,  Music of the Mountains
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  • 12.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - Musical Kaleidoscope Vol 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5154 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kenneth Essex,  Henry Charles Litolff,  Gabriel Pierné,  Christian Sinding  ... 
    Performer:  Winifred Atwell,  Rafael Mendez,  Robert Farnon
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Charles Williams,  Thomas Jensen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Celebrity Symphony Orchestra,  Neophonic Symphony Orchestra,  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - Going Places
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5151 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marguerite Monnot,  Oliphant Chuckerbutty,  Carroll Coates,  Peter Yorke  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman,  Ray Martin,  Peter Yorke,  Sidney Torch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louis Voss Orchestra,  Ray Martin Orchestra,  Peter Yorke Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    Golden Age Light Music - Joyousness - The Music Of Haydn Wood
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5121 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Haydn Wood,  Charles Marshall
    Conductor:  Richard Crean,  Peter Yorke,  Charles Williams,  Robert Farnon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Palladium Orchestra,  Concert Orchestra,  Queen's Hall Light Orchestra  ... 
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    Highdays And Holidays - Kronberger, Et Al / Yorke, Et Al
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5115 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Yorke,  Heini Kronberger,  Albert William Ketèlbey
    Conductor:  Peter Yorke,  Louis Voss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peter Yorke Orchestra,  West End Celebrity Orchestra,  Louis Voss Orchestra
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    Golden Age Of Light Music - Great British Light Orchestras
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5104 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joyce Cochrane,  Linda / Zaldiver,  Ray Martin,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Queen's Hall Light Orchestra,  Cyril Stapleton,  Frank Cordell and His Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Farnon,  Cyril Stapleton,  Geraldo,  Frank Cordell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queen's Hall Orchestra,  Cyril Stapleton Orchestra,  Geraldo and His New Concert Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - An Introduction
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5101 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Farnon,  Sidney Torch,  Richard Rodgers,  Warren  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Farnon,  Queen's Hall Light Orchestra,  Sidney Torch,  Andre & His Orchestra Kostelanetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Farnon,  Sidney Torch,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Ray Martin  ... 
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