Harold Rich’s 90th Birthday


This cutting is from the Solihull Observer from March 2017, and celebrates the 90th birthday of Harold Rich. Harold was the pianist of the BBC Midland Light Orchestra, and later its conductor, before becoming the orchestral pianist with the Midland Radio Orchestra. He also formed his own broadcasting Quartet in 1961, and was a member of the Palm Court Trio, which produced a number of broadcasts and recordings, and even played for the Queen Mother. In the 1970s, Harold became the Musical Director of Pebble Mill at One, conducting stars like Tom Jones, Cilla Black, Eartha Kitt and James Galway.

Thanks to Pete Simpkin for sharing the cutting.

The following comment was shared on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Ed Billington: ‘What a gent, always happy and great to work with, happy birthday Harold’




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  • I would like to wish Mr Harold Rich a Very Happy 90th Birthday, He was our Music teacher many years ago when I was a pupil at Macefields Secondary School about
    1954. He was a teriffic teacher. I now live in West Wales. My email is = [email protected]. Please send my good wishes to him. thank you

  • I was member of Dudley choral society from 1953 till after harold left had brilliant time especially when Bilston orchestra came to play at the concerts remember the lovely old flute player and his moth when he opened his case.also the trumpet player from the revo brass band.lovely memories thank you and the lifts you went out of your way.norma

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