THE idea behind the establishment of this new Hostel, Club, and Community Centre in the heart of the East-end is to provide a decent home for boys who have left behind them, with school age, the majority of the sheltering influences that protect the child. At the age of fourteen the East-end boy goes out to become a wage-earner, and if his home conditions are bad, if he has no proper home, he has at present no alternative but the common lodging-house. The John Benn Hostel is designed to meet this need by providing a home where boys between the ages of fourteen and eighteen can live, and find facilities for recreation-there is already a swimming-bath on the premises, and a gymnasium is to he established—handicrafts, and social intercourse with the people of the neigh- bourhood. There could be no better indication of the importance of the scheme than the fact that it is being promoted by the authorities of Toynbee Hall-whose Warden, Mr. J. J. Mallon , who is noted for his social work in the East-end, is making the appeal to-night-and made possible largely through the generosity of Sir Ernest Benn , after whose father, that hero of Stepney, the hostel is to be named.
Donations should be sent to [address removed].
Mr. J. J.
ISABEL I'ANSON (Soprano)
LESLIE ENGLAND (Pianoforte)
THE WIRELESS Symphony ORCHESTRA
Conducted by PERCY PITT
Overture, ' In Autumn '
First Spring (For Strings)
Norwegian Wedding Procession
IN the opening Overture, which developed from the theme of one of the Composer's songs, we have an impression of scenes and moods at the fall of the year in Norway. Grieg's native country. The music is richly coloured, and its rhythms are often exhilarating.'
There is an Introduction (Slowish), in which
Strings and Woodwind call to each other, the Melody having a characteristically Criegian shape. This leads into a quick and agitated portion. Strings and Wind having a dozen bars of urgent minor music, that bring us to a still more furious pace and to the First Main Tune, with its insistent prancing rhythm.
A quiet bit leads to the Second Main Tune. which Clarinet and Horns share. This is a graceful. rising theme, with a cheery lilt at the end of it. A naive, folk-song-like Tune in the Strings, that soon follows, is a sort of subsidiary theme.
On this material, with many dainty little episodes, the work is built up.
ISABEL I'ANSON (with Orchestra) A
Swan Solveig 's Song from 'PeerGynt'
PEER GYNT, in Ibsen's famous play, has wasted his whole life. wandering over the earth, having all kinds of fantastic experiences, but never doing anything very useful, bent only on the glorification of Self.
Once he has a vision. He sees Solveig. who loves him, sitting spinning outside the old hut he built long ago for himself and her. She is now a middle-aged woman, but still fair-haired and comely, and as she spins she thinks of Peer and sings ' Thou wilt return some day and find me waiting.' This is known as Sohcig's Song.
LESLIE ENGLAND (with Orchestra)
Concerto for Pianoforte and Orchestra
THIS is perhaps the most popular- of Grieg's larger works. It. was written in 1968, when the composer was twenty-five years old. There are three Movements. Allegro Molto Moderato—Adagio—Allegro Moderato Molto e Marcato.
ISABEL I'ANSON (with Piano)
Two Brown Eyes (Hans Andersen ); A Water-
IN the Two Brown Eyes of which he joyously sings the lover has discovered a light that tells him the maiden is his now and for ever.
In a Water-Lily the lover, bringing flowers to his maiden, reminds her that a water-sprite sleeps beneath the placid waters on which float the lilies. So, he says. as he wreathes the flowers around her, within her bosom sleeps a spirit.
On the Mountains
HENRY FINCK , thawell-known American critic, once wrote Grieg to tell him that the famous Conductor, Seidl, had arranged four pieces for Orchestra from Grieg's Lyric Suite for Piano (known as ' Opus 54 '), and had conducted them with great success.
Grieg was very much interested, as one might expect. After inspecting the orchestral scoie, he wrote to Finck, saying : ' Seidl's orchestration is undeniably very good from his point of view, but too heavy for my intentions.' Subsequently Grieg himself revised this orchestration, and published the result.
The whole of the original Suite for Piano is not included in the Orchestral Suite. The four pieces chosen are adequately described by their titles.
The FIRST is called The Shepherd Boy , the SECOND is a Norwegian Peasant March, the THIRD a Nocturne, and the FOURTH, The March of the Dwarfs.