Opening of the new Convalescent Home for the Lancashire and Cheshire Mining Industry
The Chairman. Lieut.-Col. PILKINGTON, C.M.G.
Opening remarks introducing H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES
Opening Speech by H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES, Mr. THOMAS GREENALL, M.P., proposing Vote of Thanks to THE PRINCE OF WALES.
Mr. ROBERT FENTON, Mayor of Blackpool, seconding Vote of Thanks.
The Chairman calls upon Mr. A. J. HOPE (Architect) to present the Key and Casket to THE PRINCE OF WALES.
17.00 Arthur C. Holland (Baritone)
Shepherd, see the horse's foaming mane/Had a horse...Korbay
Ballad of Semmerwater...Peel
Bonnie George Campbell/Drowned...arr. Lawson
Kentucky Riddle Song...arr. Cecil Sharp
FRANCIS KORBAY, a godson of Liszt, toured Europe and America first as a Pianist and then as a Singer. At last he settled in London as a Professor of our Royal Academy of Music, and died here in 1913. There must be among tonight's listeners at least a few of his friends and pupils.
In tho first of the two Hungarian songs arranged by Korbay, a ferocious ballad. you will note a rhythmic 'snap' (a short note followed by a longer) that is also a feature of some Scottish airs.
THE Ballad of Semmerwater tells of an old legend: according to which a town once stood on the hill above the lake Semmerwater. One day a beggar, being refused alms, cursed the town and all its people. cursed it 'down the brant hillside' into the lake, so that no trace of it remained.
THE last song in the group is one of a great collection of seventeen hundred folk-songs of English origin that the late Cecil Sharp took down from the singing of dwellers in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of America.
The song propounds and. answers four riddles
—about a cherry that has no stone, a chicken that has no bones, a ring that has no end, and 'a baby that's no cry-en.'