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: CHAMBER MUSIC

From Birmingham THE PHILHARMONIC STRING
QUARTET : PAUL BEARD (First
Violin) ; HAROLD MILLS
: FRANK VENTON (Viola); HERBERT STEPHEN (Violoncello)

Contributors

Unknown: Paul Beard
Violin: Harold Mills
Violin: Frank Venton
Viola: Herbert Stephen

: DANCE MUSIC

THE LONDON RADIO DANCE BAND, directed by SIDNEY FIRMAN
RANDALL and LEIGH (Comedy Duo)

Contributors

Directed By: Sidney Firman

: Light Music

From Birmingham
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS

Contributors

Conducted By: Joseph Lewis

: VARIETY

From Birmingham
RAY VINCENT and his TRIO
FLOY PENRHYN (Musical Monologues)
' THE HOUSE AGENT '
A Comedy by GERALD GRACE
DALE FORTY'S SYMPHONICS

Contributors

Comedy By: Gerald Grace
Jack Weston (of Messrs Weston and Weston): William Hughes
Tom Weston (his cousin, a Musical Student): Stuart Vinden
Mrs Woodhouse (a Lady Client): Maud Gill

: 'KING ARTHUR'

(Purcell)
By the HAROLD BROOKE CHOIR
Relayed from Bishopsgate Institute
ELSIE SUDDABY (Soprano) ; ROLAND JACKSON
(Tenor) : STUART ROBERTSON (Bass)
KING ARTHUR , though called 'an Opera,' is no
Opera in any modern sense of the name. It is a play, with much incidental music ; and, indeed, it hardly differs in general form from a modern Musical Comedy. The Libretto is by Dryden.
The subject-matter of tha opera is a contest between the Britons, under the leadership of King Arthur, and the Saxon invaders who had settled in Kent under Oswald.
The first scene of Act I represents the British camp, where preparations are being made to attack the foe. Arthur, betrothed to Em meline, the blind daughter of the Dukeof Cornwall, bids he; farewell.
The next scene shows us the Saxon camp, with the army and their leaders sacrificing to the gods Woden, Thor and Freya. (Here Purcell's vocal music commences.) A battle ensues, and the British prevail.
In Act II the Saxons employ a magician and his attendant sprites to harass the Britons and load them astray into bogs and pitfalls. Philidel, one of the attendants, repents, and is persuaded by Merlin, a British magician, to transfer her arts to the aid of Arthur and the Britons. The blind Emmeline having been captured by Oswald, the Saxon king, her place of captivity is discovered by Merlin, who sends Philidel to her with a magic liquid which restores her sight.
In the meantime, Osmond, the Saxon magician, becomes enamoured of Emmeline, imprisons King Oswald, and, by the exercise of his magic power, displays to Emmeline the force and power of love in the ' Frost Scene ' of Act III.
Arthur, marching to destroy Osmond's enchanted grove, is waylaid by sirens. nymphs, sylvans, and an evil spirit disguised as Emmeline but, ' protected by Philidel, lie resists their arts.
The failure of Osmond's magic spell induces him to release Oswald, who challenges Arthur, but is defeated and disarmed, and on promising to return to his native land, is permitted to depart with his followers. Emmeline is rescued and restored; the magician Osmond imprisoned, and Merlin foretells the future greatness of Britain.

Contributors

Unknown: Harold Brooke
Soprano: Elsie Suddaby
Soprano: Roland Jackson
Tenor: Stuart Robertson
Bass: King Arthur

: Dance Music

The Riviera Club Dance Band, under the direction of Harry Josephs, from the Riviera Club








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