UK Release Date: 24th June 2016
US Release Date: 1st July 2016
CAT No: BMMAGG1604
℗ & © 2015 British Military Music Archive Ltd. Under exclusive license to Naxos of America, Inc.
Director of Music: Lieutenant Colonel G.J. Miller MVO, MBE, LRAM, psm
Remastered Historical Recordings (1923-1934)
The title Merrie England nicely brings together the main themes of this recording, the music of Sir Edward German and some traditional music of England. Edward German (originally German Edward Jones) was born in Whitchurch in Shropshire in 1862 and was to become one of England’s finest composers of light operetta, second only to Sir Arthur Sullivan. Merrie England was written in 1902 with libretto by Basil Hood and is set in the days of Queen Elizabeth I, who ruled England from 1558 until 1603. It includes songs such as Dan Cupid Hath a Garden (The Perfect English Rose), The Yeomen of England and Robin Hood’s Wedding.