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The London Symphony Orchestra
Leader, W. H. Reed
Conductor, Malcolm Sargent from the Central Hall, Westminster
It is now fourteen years since Robert Mayer conceived the idea of concerts for children, which have proved to be one of the most flourishing educational undertakings in music. This morning's concert to celebrate the Coronation of Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth is the first that has ever been broadcast.
The well-contrasted programme of British music to be heard includes the first performance of an interesting work by Sir Walford Davies , Fantasy in F, ' Big Ben Looks On '. Commissioned by Robert Mayer , it is dedicated by gracious permission to Their Royal Highnesses the Princess Elizabeth and the Princess Margaret Rose. Two small dedicatory tunes, one for each Princess, are heard before the Fantasy begins and again before the end. The idea behind the music is that whose voice owing to broadcasting can now be heard throughout the Empire, first looks on London, then on a remote English village, and finally to the far-away Dominions.
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