Burt Bacharach was one of America’s most prolific, inventive, and celebrated pop composers. Responsible for 52 Top 40 hits throughout the 60’s and 70’s, his songs challenge the norm of what a popular song should be, with advanced harmonies and chord changes, unexpected turnarounds and modulations, unusual time signatures and rhythmic twists.
In 2012, Richard and I launched GRB Concerts at Cadogan Hall with a programme of music and lyrics by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The programme was to become our most popular with orchestras and audiences alike. Following extensive research, we couldn’t quite believe our luck when we couldn’t find any other UK or European orchestras promoting a similar programme. And to this day we are very grateful. Soon after that first performance, we recorded the programme with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and some months later, recorded it for a special Friday Night is Music Night transmission with the BBC Concert Orchestra, narrated by Paul Gambaccini.
Burt Bacharach’s death (following Hal David in 2012) though not unexpected, shocked us all, and we feel a greater responsibility now to share his music when asked. Although he is no longer with us, his music will last forever and continue to bring joy to many.
Thank you, Burt.