THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM POLICE BAND, conducted by RICHARD WASSELL Flute Obbligatos by WALTER HEARD
' Little Rhymes for Mother's Helpers,' by E. M. Griffiths. Songs by Harold Casey (Baritone). Mary Ashmell (Violin). ' The Forming of a Fighting Squadron,' by The Bargeo ',
THE LONDON RADIO DANCE BAND, directed by SIDNEY FIRMAN
HILDA BRYANT (Soprano)
URSULA HUGHES and STELLA BAIRD
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO AUGMENTED ORCHESTRA (Leader, FRANK CANTELL)
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
TOPLISS GREEN (Baritone)
Overture to ' The Mastersingers of Nuremberg'
Topliss GREEN and Orchestra
Wotan's Farewell, and the Fire Music, from 'The Valkyrie'
Introduction to the Third Act of 'Lohengrin'
THE Siegfried Idyll, as most hearers know, is not an extract from one of Wagner's Operas, but an independent work, composed as a birthday present to his wife, after the birth of her son, Siegfried (who was named after the hero of the Ring cycle of dramas). The music contains several tunes from the Ring, and one which is an old German cradle song.
WAGNER regarded the legend of Lohengrin, the Knight of the Holy Grail, who comes to champion the wrongfully-accused maiden, Elsa, as symbolical of universal spiritual truths.
The Prelude to Act III of the Opera gives the atmosphere of festivity and thanks-giving which follows the marriage of Lohengrin with Elsa.
Sachs' Monologue ('Craze, craze'), from 'The Mastersingers '
TTANS SACHS , the cobblerpoet of Nuremberg, is championing the cause of the young knight Walter, whom some of the pedantic
Mastersingers are chary of welcoming to their Guild. Early in the morning of Midsummer Day Sachs sits in his room, a great volume on his lap, and meditates on men's incessant, bitter strife with one another, and considers how he may turn it to the ends he has in view-furthering Walter's fortunes with the Guild, and helping the youth to win the maiden he loves.
The Ride of the Valkyries, from ' The Valkyrie ' 9.5 Topliss GREEN and Orchestra
THE Third Act of Wagner's Opera is laid in the Valley of the Wartburg, at evening. Wolfram, Tannhauser's friend, approaches. He loves Elizabeth, but has effaced himself- on seeing how greatly she and Tannhauser love each other. He has seen her praying by a wayside shrine for the absent knight, whose return from his pilgrimage of penitence is now expected ; and, after she has gone. Wolfram takes his harp and sings of her to whom ho must soon bid farewell, never more to see her.
Overture to The Flying Dutchman '
JOAN MARGRETT (Soprano)
RAIE DA CosTA (Syncopations)
DUDLEY ROLPH (Light Songs)
A DEBATE between
VIOLA TREE and' ROBERT BOOTHBY , M.P.