Animals-Past and Present
BEATRICE SNELL will parade Donkeys,'
Kangaroos, and other animals
'The Wicked Uncle' will discourse on 'Prehistoric Animals;' with special reference to some of his own discoveries
' The Zoo that Never Was ' must be included
'Prickles, the Hedgehog' — another Mortimer Batten story of animals of today
ONE day, the conductor of a Croydon theatre orchestra, looking out of his window, saw a little curly-haired, black-faced boy holding a small-sized violin in one hand and playing marbles with the other. He called him in, put some music before him, and was delighted to find that he could play it in perfect time and tune.
From that moment the child, whose name was
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor , was ear-marked for music. While he was still at school he led the class-singing with his violin, and began to appear in public.
Some few years later he was enrolled, by a local benefactor, as a student of the Royal College of Music.
While still a student at the College, the youth produced the first part of his now famous Hiawatha—a work which exhibited both racial and individual qualities, and attracted immediate admiration.
It was in the hall of the Royal College of Music that it had its first performance. Stanford eonducted, and Sullivan was present. The evening was a triumph, and heralded his brilliant career. That was in 1898, when Coleridge-Taylor was twenty-three. He lived only fourteen years more, dying, like Purcell, at the age of thirty-seven.
A book about the composer is Sayers's Samuel
Coleridge-Taylor: His Life and Letters.'
CECIL Dixon (Pianoforte)
THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND
Conducted by JOHN ANSELL
Rhapsodic Dance, ' The Bamboula '
THE BAMBOULA is a rhapsody in dance style on matter contained in the composer's
Bamboula, a West Indian air, one of the Twenty-four Negro Melodies which he collected and transcribed for the Pianoforte. This orchestral piece was commissioned by an American patron.
Three Dream Dances
TN 1910 Coleridge-Taylor was commissioned by Sir Herbert Tree (for some of whose productions he had already written incidental music) to compose music for Alfred Noyes ' fairy play The Forest of Wild Thyme. The play was not, after all, put on the stage by Tree, and the composer later issued some of his music under various titles-Three Dream Dunces and Christmas Overture, among others.