Clive Richardson (1909–1998) was born in Paris of British parents and brought up in England. At the Royal Academy of Music he studied not only piano, orchestration and conducting but also organ, violin, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and timpani. He became active as pianist and arranger for various light orchestras as well as conductor for theatre revues of the 1930s and musical director for the singer Hildegard. In 1936 he joined Gaumont–British as assistant musical director, working alongside Charles Williams. He made his name as a composer with his London Fantasia
, depicting London in wartime. His gift for light, bright, melodic pieces is well demonstrated by the relaxed Beachcomber
(1949), depicting idle wandering along the sea-coast inspecting the debris washed up by the tide.
from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1997