The Watermill
Ronald Binge


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A light music classic, Binge's The Watermill makes its Hall of Fame debut

The Watermill was written in 1958 and originally composed for oboe and string orchestra — though it can also be played on clarinet. The undulating orchestral accompaniment evokes the gentle flow of water while the solo oboe paints a nostalgic view of a British landscape, echoing the work of the great pastoral composers including Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Binge (1910-1979) was a British composer known for his light music including Elizabethan Serenade and Sailing By. Like those two works, The Watermill is one of the most relaxing pieces of classical music and a firm favourite with Classic FM listeners and presenters alike. The Watermill was one of presenter Alan Titchmarsh's choices for the 2015 Classic FM Hall of Fame.