S.B. from Manchester
BETTY WHEATLEY and HARRY HOPEWELL
L T. Whipp
THE VAUDEVILLE PLAYERS, including HYLDAMET-
CALF, BETTY ELSMORE , CHARLES KESBITT and E. H. BRIDGSTOCK
ScoTT and ROBBIE
THE MANCHESTER STATION VAUDEVILLE Fora :
DON HYDEX (Violin), SIDNEY WRIGHT ('Cello),
PAT RYAN (Clarinet), ERIC FOGG (Pianoforte)
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THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA and THE WIRELESS
Chorus (Chorus Master, STAXFORD ROBINSON ),
Conducted by JOHN ANSELL
THIS Concert Overture was written in 1836, when its composer, aged twenty, was still a student at the Royal Academy of Music, to which it bears a dedication. In the same year, on the invitation of Mendelssohn (then conductor of the famous Gewandhaus concerts), who had met him in England, Bennett went to Leipzig, where the work had its first preformance.
Schumann, who was also at Leipzig, agreed with Mendelssohn in promising the rosiest future for Bennett. Unfortunately, Bennett, immersed in teaching, too soon ceased to compose. Nevertheless, he left some beautiful things that are too much neglected today.
While in Germany he made a trip up the Rhine, and it was there that he got his inspiration for this Overture, The Naiads (or ' Water Nymphs ').
(Conducted by CLAUDE POWELL )
THE six movements of this Suite are adapted from the music written for Mr. Graham
Robertson's Pageant Play, The Town of the Ford, which was given at the Theatre Royal, Guildford, in May. 1925. The following descriptions nrc attached to the score by the Composer :
1. The ANGEL. BUILDERS. The Twin Guardians of Guildford, St. Catherine and St. Martha. with the aid of Angel Builders, raise their watch towers.
2. THE PHCEXICTAN MERCHANTS. Phœnician traders, the first strangers from beyond the seas, cross the shallows of the Wey and barter their gorgeous foreign wares for the native products of the ancient British tribes.
3. THE FAIR MAID OF ASTOLAT. Sir Launcelot. guest of Sir Bernard of Astolat (which, according-to tradition, stood where Guildford now stands), is departing with his men-at-arms for the great joust at Camelot.- Elaine, sick with unrequited love for him, and lured by the mysterious song of the river, sets forth, amid the lamentations of her bower maidens, upon her last journey to him who will come to her no more.
4. IN CHAUCER'S TIME. Children are singing of sunshine and sweet o' the year. It is the time of tho spring Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Thomas n Becket, at Canterbury. The little ones throng the Great Way, selling flowers to the Pilgrims as they go by. The phrases of the beautiful early English rondel, Summer is ioumen in." composed in Chaucer's day, are continuously woven into the music.
5. A Vision OF VANITY FAIR. John Bunyan , tinker of Quarry Street, and his lad Christopher, are mending pots, with the sounds of the distant Shalford Fair in their ears. Bunyan falls asleep and in his dreams the pipes of the Fair change to the mad whirl of the Golden Dances of Vanity Fair. Through the evil rout wander the white-robed figures of Christian and Faithful, the Eternal Pilgrims : John Bunyan and the lad gtray in the Land of Dreams; Bunyan wakes to unfold his vision to Christopher—another chapter to add to the Great Book. His voice is lost in the merry piping of Shnlford Fair.
C. ON A DAY OF REJOICING, A June morning of 1815. The news of Waterloo has come through from the signals on distant Banacle Hill. but owing to the mist, has been wrongly read as a defeat. A cheering coach-load from Portsmouth brings the news of the victory. A rollicking country dance rings out, and the gloom of the day is dispelled.