Relayed from Carmarthen Park
The following Bands will take part:
Gwanuncaegurwen Silver Band, Seven Sisters Silver Band, Ystalyfera Town Silver Band, Mynyddygarreg Silver Band, Burry Port Silver Band, Brynamman Silver Band, Cwmamman Silver Band
Conductor. Denis Wright, Mus. Bac, Durham
God Save the King
Trombone Solo, with Band Accompaniment,
(Soloist, B. Merrett, Seven Sisters Band)
Welsh Hymn Tune, 'Crugybar'
Beethoven's sympathy was always readily enlisted in favour of any cause which held out a promise of relief to the downtrodden and oppressed, and the heroic figure of the young Egmont in Goethe's play, struggling for the freedom of the Netherlands against the tyrant Philip II of Spain, made a strong appeal to his imagination. That the real Egmont, as history's ruthless hand has drawn him for us, was a much less heroic figure than Goethe would have us believe, matters but little now. Posterity owes him thanks at least for a great play, and for some of Beethoven's noblest music.
Composed among the woodlands of Weber's home in Holstein, his opera Der Freischutz has always been regarded as a masterpiece, and Wagner's admiration for it is known to everyone. Berlioz was also enthusiastic in its praise, calling it 'Art that is divine.' The central point of the story is a contest of marksmanship, and the plot turns on an old forest legend. It tells of an evil spirit which, in exchange for a man's soul, will give him magic bullets which are bound to hit their mark, irrespective of the aim. The Seventh Bullet was the name given to the opera on its first performance here in London in July, 1824, two years before Weber died.