BRIAN KAY divides his working life between the broadcasting studio and the concert platform. His thousands of broadcasts for BBC radios 2, 3 and 4 have ranged from his own popular Brian Kay’s Sunday Morning and Brian Kay’s Light Programme on radio 3 to the long-running and much-loved radio 2 programmes Friday Night is Music Night and Melodies for You. For fifteen years he presented for radio and television the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s famous New Year’s Day Concert.
On the concert platform, he has narrated and presented programmes with the leading UK orchestras, many of which he has also conducted. As a Choral Conductor he spent ten years as Chorus Master to the Huddersfield Choral Society and as conductor to the Cheltenham Bach Choir, the Leicester-based Cecilian Singers, the Bradford Festival Choral Society and the Mary Wakefield Westmorland Festival. He is currently conductor of Vaughan Williams’s Leith Hill Musical Festival, The Burford Singers near to his home in the Cotswolds, and Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus, with which he regularly conducts massed voices in the Royal Albert Hall and at exotic locations around the world.
Brian performed 2000 concerts worldwide as a founder member of The King’s Singers. He has twice appeared at the Royal Variety Show and has been the lowest frog on a Paul McCartney single, one of the six wives of Harry Secombe’s Henry VIII, the voice of Papageno in the Hollywood movie Amadeus and a member of the backing group for The Pink Floyd!
Brian Kay writes: Major milestones are always worth celebrating and to have completed a decade of outstanding concerts is a massive feather-in-the-cap for Howard and the orchestra.
My favourite definition of ‘Light Music’ is that it is music ‘where the melody is more important than what you do with it’ and thank goodness the wider world of music has gone back to believing that you can’t beat a GOOD TUNE! There are so many about and all you need is enthusiastic experts like Howard to dig them out and give people an opportunity to hear them.
In the seven years I was lucky enough to present my Brian Kay’s Light Programme on BBC Radio 3, I included music by no fewer than 700 Light Music composers and the PCO now has 2000 items in its own library – remarkable and great news for all lovers of what my old friend and colleague David Jacobs used to call “our kind of music”!
On their brilliantly-achieved and well-deserved 10th anniversary, I send my warmest congratulations to Howard and the orchestra and every good wish for continuing huge success.