DAME ETHEL SMYTH was born on April 23, 1858, and studied at Leipzig Conservatoire. In that city her early works were performed. Then came performances at the Crystal Palace under Henschel. Her first Opera came out at Weimar, and another, Der Wald, was produced at Dresden and Berlin in 1901-2. The Wreckers was brought out here by Beecham in 1909-10. Since then The Boatsivain's Mate has made her name widely known to Opera goers. In its Overture she introduced a tune from the March of the Women, that she wrote for the W.S.P.U. when she was taking a very active part in the movement for women's suffrage.
In 1910 she was made a Doctor of Music of Durham University, and in 1922 a D.B.E.
Her book of reminiscences ' Impressions that
Remained ' is one of the raciest of all musical chronicles, and her ' Streaks of Life ' also shows her keen observation and relish for the humour and pathos in everyday encounters.
HERBERT HEYNER (Baritone), AUBREY BRAIN
(Horn); KATHLEEN LONG (Pianoforte)
THE BROSA STRING QUARTET
Quartet in E Minor
THIS String Quartet was written in 1902, and -*- was first heard (in part) at a concert of the Society of Women Musicians ten years later. It is in four Movements—a lyrical Allegretto, a light, vivacious Scherzo-like Movement, a slow Movement and an energetic Finale.
Two Interlinked French Melodies
THESE ' interlinked French melodies ' appeared in an Intermezzo in Dame Ethel Smyth 's Comic Opera Entente Cordiale. The melodies come, one from Burgundy and the other from Brittany.
Three Poems by Henri de Regnier (with Instrumental Accompaniment)
Odelette ; The Dance ; Chrysilla
Concerto for Horn and Violin, with Pianoforte Accompaniment
THIS is one of the composer's most recent works. She wrote it in 1926 for Horn, Violin and Orchestra, having in mind as the Horn soloist Aubrey Brain , our finest aver of that instrument.
The First Movement (Moderately quick) is based on two themes, one in lyrical mood and the other (played by the Violin) in country-dance stvle.
The Slow Movement is entitled Elegy-In
Memoriam. The composer explains that the second themo (a phrase from one of the songs in her Opera The Wreckers) ' gives the clue ' to the Movement's sub-title. The Last Movement goes at a gay pace. Near the end, in the Horn's part of the cadenza, the instrument sounds some three-note chords.
Relayed from the CENTRAL HALL, Birmingham Organ Prelude
Hymn, ' Rejoice, the Lord is
King ' (Methodist Hymnal, No. 213)
Reading: Acts of the Apostles,
Chapter I, Verses 1-11
Hymn, ' The Golden Gates are lifted up' (M.H., No. 182)
ADDRESS by the Rev. E. BENSON PERKINS (Birmingham Central Mission, Weslevan MethodistChurch)
Hymn, 'Hark, the sound of Holy Voices'
(M.H., No. 810)
(At the Organ, Dr. M. L. WOSTENHOLM )
Rev. E. Benson
Dr. M. L.
and the Park Lane Hotel Orchestra
From the Park Lane Hotel
STUART ROBERTSON (Bass)
(By special request)