James Galway at the BBC

James Galway at the BBC


The late 70s were when punk ripped up the music rulebook, but one of the biggest stars was a twinkle-eyed virtuoso flautist with a natty line in crushed velvet suits. James Galway’s version of Annie’s Song was a massive hit in 1978, putting him on Top of the Pops and making him a seemingly permanent fixture on light entertainment TV.

This clipfest, compiled to celebrate Galway’s 80th birthday, highlights not only his virtuosity but also his versatility – from duetting with Val Doonican to performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto at the Proms. In contemporary interviews he is genial and amusing – especially about Tony Blackburn, who got his name wrong on TOTP.


The flautist, who turned 80 today, reflects on a career spanning more than 40 years. He looks back on TV appearances from Parkinson and Top of the Pops to Wogan and Songs of Praise.

Cast & Crew

Contributor James Galway
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Producer Helen Mansfield