FRED HARTLEY

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Fred Hartley

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From the CD booklet Scottish Piano Melodies

Fred Hartley was born in Dundee in 1905. A pupil at Harris Academy, his early succeses were entries to the Dundee Music Festival, soon followed by a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music.
Fred made his first public broadcast in 1925 as a solo pianist and in 1931 went on to form his famous "Novelty Quintet" which brought with it a regular weekly radio programme. By now an established figure at the BBC, in 1946 he became the BBCs Head of Light Music.
Not just a talented musician, Fred was also a couductor,arranger and a prolific composer. His works were diverse, from "The Scherzetto for Children" the theme music for Children's television played by Eric Robinson's Television Orchestra- to "The Hampden Roar" a composition often heard on the old "Light Programme"

Fred Hartley passed away in 1098 aged 75.

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