The two part documentary series will air on BBC Radio 2.
Mike will look at some of the music arrangers who worked with The Beatles.
Composer and record producer Mike Batt explores the art of musical arranging. Mike explains how the orchestrators and arrangers are the great unsung heroes of the music industry.
Batt has given theatre, television and the pop-charts some well remembered tracks including Summertime City for BBC One’s Seaside Special, The Wombling Song for BBC Children’s series The Wombles, Please Don’t Fall In Love a hit for Cliff Richard, Whatever You Believe which became the anthem of the 1988 ITV Telethon, All Around My Hat for Steeleye Span, Bright Eyes for the movie Watership Down and The Snooker Song from the musical The Hunting of the Snark, a track that later became the theme to BBC One snooker game show Big Break. And that is to list just a few.
Now with such a successful back catalogue of song writing and music arranging the conductor and singer-songwriter Mike Batt is to host an hour of music from the unsung heroes of popular music – his fellow arrangers and orchestrators.
In the first episode he explores the work and careers of the two arrangers – apart from George Martin – who arranged for The Beatles: Mike Leander and Richard Hewson. Also he will look further back to the 40s at American bandleader Vic Schoen, who discovered and launched The Andrews Sisters, arranging all their hits and supervising their spectacular career.
John Cameron is seen progressing from his early arrangements for Donovan via Hot Chocolate to a stellar career arranging for theatre, winning an American Drama Desk Award for his orchestrations for Les Misérables.
Finally Mike revisits the Beatles by way of a brief exploration of Sir George Martin’s own massive contribution to their output. The second hour long edition will look to the arrangers of groups such as Love Affair and Gary Pucket as well as the work of British composer-arranger Les Reed and American composer-arranger, Burt Bacharach.
Mike Batt: By Arrangement, tonight, 9pm on BBC Radio 2. The second edition airs at the same time on May 19th.