Performed by THE WORCESTERSIRE Associa
TION OF MUSICAL SOCIETIES
Relayed from the Town Hall, Birmingham
FIFINE DE LA COTE (Soprano)
ALICE VAUGHAN (Contralto)
STEUART WILSON (Tenor)
JAMES HOWELL (Bass)
THE BIRMINGHAM (B.B.C.) AUGMENTED
(Leader, FRANK CANTELL)
Conducted by Sir HUGH ALLEN
G. D. CUNNINGHAM (Organ)
The Interval will occur at approximately 4.30, and during this period
Tom BROMLEY (Pianoforte) will play from the Studio
A DETAILED note of all the numbers in the Oratorio has been given in previous issues.
It will suffice now to remind listeners that the work is in three parts, and that after the Overture (in two sections, one broad and dignified, the second quicker, strong, and spirited) the first few solos and choruses in PART ONE consist of Isaiah's prophecies of the coming Messiah, this section culminating in the jubilant outburst of ' For unto us a Child is born.'
Then comes the beautiful, restful contrast of the Pastoral Symphony, an interlude preparing us for the Annunciation solos. The First Part ends with the well-loved solos ' He shall feed His flock' and ' Come unto Him. all ye that labour,' with the Chorus ' His yoke is easy.'
The opening of PART Two speaks of the Atonement, and goes on to rejoice in the triumph of God's power-' Lift up your heads. 0 ye gates ! ' ' Who is the King of Glory ? ... The Lord strong and mighty ...'
At No. 37 (' The Lord gave the word’) begin the ' Missionary' sentences. ' Why do the nations ' follows, and ' Thou shalt break them.' The great ' Hallelujah' Chorus concludes this part of the work.
PART THREE. After' I know that my Redeemer liveth ' comes the most dramatic part of the Oratorio. The solemn, subdued ' Since by man came death ' is answered triumphantly with ' By man came also the resurrection of the dead'; similarly, ' For as in Adam all die ' is answered by ' Even so in Christ shall all be made alive.*
' Follows ' The trumpet shall sound,' and the solos and chorus affirming the glorious certainty of the victory over death.
The two final choruses are an ascription of praise-' Worthy is the Lamb ... Blessing and honour be unto Him.' ' Amen'