HAROLD RICH and COLIN CAMPBELL play forty hits from the shows, in strict tempo.
Pianorama was formed by the late Norrie Paramor – a quintet made up of two pianos, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums, and broadcasted from BBC Pebble Mill for several years. It gained its popularity from being a regular “ingredient” on the Charlie Chester “Sunday Soapbox” programme on Radio 2. The two original pianists were Norrie Paramor and Harold Rich, both of whom also broadcasted with their own orchestras.
Harold Rich succeeded Norrie Paramor as leader of the group and Colin Campbell joined as the “other” pianist.
Harold is not only a pianist. He is an accomplished musical director, arranger, composer and conductor. He served in the Royal Navy and was pianist/arranger for the Royal Navy Barracks Dance Band, “The Blue Jackets”. During this period, in 1946, he made his first broadcast, a 15-minute solo spot.
He studied at the Royal College of Music where he won the Hopkinson Gold and Silver Medals for Piano and the Dannreuher Prize for the best performance of a Concerto.
He began his musical career as accompanist to the George Mitchell Choir and the Continental Ballet Company and then to such famous artists as the violinist, Frederick Grinke, the cellist, Florence Hooton, and singers like Cynthia Glover and Owen Brannigan.
In 1960, Harold joined the BBC Midland Light Orchestra followed by the BBC Midland Radio Orchestra, and played with the Palm Court Trio. In 1961, he formed the Harold Rich Quartet, later to be augmented and known as the Easy Six, making numerous broadcasts. He has been MD on television to Tom Jones, Vic Damone and Eartha Kitt and Musical Director to the popular television programme “Pebble Mill At One”.
In addition to Pianorama, Harold has played for the Stanley Black, Johnny Douglas, Frank Chacksfield and John Gregory Orchestras.
Pianorama has recorded five albums on the Dulcima Label.
Moray Firth Radio - June 1994
I was delighted to receive the latest CD release from Pianorama. It has already received airplay and will feature regularly on my Sunday evening "Take It Easy" programme.
Alan Gillies. Presenter "Take It Easy" - Moray Firth Radio
In Tune - September 1994
Harold Rich, Colin Campbell and their two pianos plus a rhythm section continue their series of music for dancing with a selection of show tunes. The format is as before, eighteen tracks, most of which are two or three tune medleys with a sprinkling of single title tracks. Eleven shows are covered ranging from GLAMOROUS NIGHT, through MY FAIR LADY to LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. There is little more that I can say - if you have a social occassion coming up requiring some background or dance music and modern pop is not your scene, then you need look no further.
ROBERT FARNON SOCIETY - JOURNAL INTO MELODY
Dulcima's latest offering from Piano duo Harold Rich and Colin Campbell presents another collection of music for dancing, this time from the shows. Eleven different ones are represented, either by individual titles or, more often as parts of two or three tune medleys. With 18 tracks and 54 minutes of music this is not for sustained listening but absolutely ideal for parties and background music.