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Ernest Leggett and the Continental Players broadcast their first characteristic programme of Continental music in May, 1937, and have since been responsible for the introduction into this country of a great many Continental tunes that have subsequently become popular. Among the more notable of these are Marquina's ' Spanish Gypsy Dance ' and the popular tango song, ' Play to me, Gypsy'.
Leggett has been broadcasting since 1927, and has brought four combinations to the microphone, including the Continental Players. He studied the violin at the Royal College of Music, was for three years a member of the Queen's Hall Orchestra, and later played with Sir Thomas Beecham at Covent Garden for five years.
For some years Leggett acted as leader and sub-conductor at various theatres devoted to musical comedy, and in 1929 he was appointed musical director at the Streatham Hill Theatre. Leggett himself directs the Continental Players which consist of eleven instrumentalists.


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National Programme Daventry, 13 August 1939 14.15

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