Ernest Tomlinson, born in 1924 in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He has pursued a varied musical career as organist, composer, arranger and conductor, making many radio and television appearances. His most successful composition, Little Serenade
, began life in a musical play The Story of Cinderella
(1955). After being extracted as an independent piece, it became widely familiar, not least as signature tune for various radio and television programmes.
from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2000