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  Semprini Serenade

1957-1982

 

Alberto Semprini'Old ones, new ones, loved ones, neglected ones' - Semprini's opening lines to his weekday evening programme which ran for 25 years.

 

Alberto Semprini was of Italian descent and born in Bath. He studied both Piano and Cello and was to graduate from the Verdi Conservatory in Milan in 1928 as an expert concert pianist composer and conductor.

 

In 1957 the Semprini Serenade series was first aired on the BBC Light Programme with Semprini at the keyboard playing arrangements of old and new songs, light classics and themes from films and shows were exceedingly popular.

 

Semprini and his Serenade Orchestra were both well received and loved by their audience; the show ran for 25 years with over 700 programmes broadcast.

AUDIO CLIPS

 

 New; late 1964 edition of Semprini Serenade 27m
 

Show introduction; Wednesday 24 January 1971

 

 



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David Bamber (West Kirby Wirral) says...
I remember well the weekly Semprini Serenade on the Light Programme. Listening to the wireless with my dad, often as we washed the dishes after dinner, we used to comment how easily Semprini's voice linked together the musical pieces. Informative and entertaining: what a wonderful memory of happy times as I grew up in Chester.
3rd July 2016 11:42pm
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