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An Orchestral Concert


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Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
(First Performance)
' THE crags of mastery over musical instruments,' of which
Kenneth Grahanie writes so feelingly in The Golden Age, are no longer so steep as once they were. Climbers, young climbers especially, owe much to Alec Rowley for the greater ease with which the peaks of mastery may now bo reached : he has devoted a big share of his enthusiasm to writing pianoforte music which is tuneful and easy to enjoy, and at the same time well laid out to guide tho steps of youth safely and as easily as may be up the long ascent to Parnassus. A distinguished pianist and organist himself, ho is, too, a composer of charm and originality, as no B.B.C. listener can need to be reminded who heard the broadcasts of his Fantasy, The Princess who lost a Tune. Country Idylls, and other fresh and breezy orchestral music, as well as many shorter pieces and songs, have borne their share, too, in making him the popular composer he is-popular without ever lowering his own high standard of what music ought to be. Down Channel is a new work which is having its first performance this evening ; it is one for which there need be no hesitation in prophesying a happy career in broadcast and other programmes.
VICTOR HELY-HUTCHINSON is already well known to listeners in the threefold capacity of pianist, composer, and conductor. Several of his own pieces have already boen heard in broadcast programmes, and he is steadily winning an ever surer place for himself among the most gifted young British musicians. He was quite a small boy, not yet nine years old, when his musical studies began in earnest, under the guidance of Donald Francis Tovey , one of the most enlightened and inspiring of teachers. Eton, Oxford (he was Lewis Nettleship Memorial Scholar at Balliol), and the Royal College of Music (Adrian Boult and Gustav Hoist), all had a hand in making him the thoroughly sound craftsman he is, though without shackling his own sturdy originality. He nearly became a South African after his student days; from 1922 till 1925 he was on the staff of the South African College of Music'in Cape Town. The Old Country brought him back, how-over, and since then he has lived in London. This piece, composed in 1929, has for sub-titlo Cum grano salis' (With a grain of salt), and the composer tells us that it ' is an attempt to reflect the spirit of today in music. Its general character may be deduced from the sub-title, and the idiom is to some extent reminiscent of the most conservative type of modern music — jazz. Tho work is scored for pianoforte and orchestra, and is written in a kind of looso Rondo form.'
Slav Dance .................... Chabrier
Overture, A calm Sea and a prosperous -
Voyage .................... Mendelssohn
, at 9.0


Conducted By: Joseph Lewis
Unknown: Kenneth Grahanie
Unknown: Alec Rowley
Unknown: Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Unknown: Donald Francis Tovey
Music: Adrian Boult

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