THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAMPolice BAND
Conducted by Richard WASSEL
Cornet Solo, ' Oft in the stilly night'arr. Wassell
(Soloist, P.O. COOK)
(From the Birmingham Studio)
Order of Service:
Hymn,'0 worship the King' (Songs of Praise,
Act of Worship
Anthem, ' Lord. in thankful love adoring'
Reading, Hebrews ii, Verses 1-3, 8-10, 24-27, 13 Act of Faith, Hope and Love
Hymn, ' Hero in the Country's Heart (Songs of Praise, No. 257)
Address by the Rev. F. HOWARD PERKINS (of the Parish Church, Birmingham)
Hymn, ' Through the night of doubt and sorrow
(Songs of Praise, No. 384)
Rev. F. Howard
The BIRMINGHAMStudio AUGMENTED
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
ORSMOND AXDERTON , Bantook's biogrnpher, tells us that the Overture, which was first heard at the Worcester Festival of the Three Choirs in 1911, was conceived with Sophocles' (Edipus at Colonus in mind, and that it aims at suggesting the working of Fate-and, in its close, the peaceful end which (Edipus found at Colonus. The second main tune (four Horns and Solo Violin), we are told, stands for (Edipus' daughter Antigone.
THIS is an essay in the Italian style, written
-when Beethoven was about twenty six. It consists of a long recitative, with various changes of pace, in which the wronged one upbrafds the deceiver, and calls for heaven's vengeance upon him. Then, with a revulsion of feeling, she begs the ' avenging gods' to spare him. ' For him I lived,' she declares, ' and I would die for him.'
Then, in a slow Air, she pleads with the hard-hearted one himself to . stay, for if he departs, she must perish of grief.
In the final section she asks why he treats her thus, and beseeches him to have pity on her distress.
EVERYONE likes the fine tune of Watford Davies' Melody. It was written to celebrate the tercentenary, in 1008, of the birth of Milton, and performed 'in St. Mary-le-Bow Church, close to where Milton was born, on the birth date, December 9.
CARILLON was Elgar's contribution, in the early months of the war, to ' King Albert's Book.' The music accompanied a patriotic poem by the Belgian, Emile Cammaerts , entitled Sing, Belgians. Sing ! During the recitation of the verses the music takes a subsidiary position ; it is in the Prelude and the Interlude botween the stanzas that its full power is revealed. The present arrangement dispenses with the declamation.
Air,' Softly sighs' (from' Der Freischütz '—' The Marksman ') - Weber
ORCHESTRA Suite from ' Sigurd Jorsalfar' - Grieg