THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO AUGMENTED
(Leader, FRANK CANTELL)
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO CHORUS
DORIS VANE (Soprano)
DOROTHY D'ORSAY (Contralto)
TOM PICKERING (Tenor)
JOSEPH FARRINGTON (Bass)
' The Last Judgment'
' Advent Hymn '
Spoiir's music was much better known to our fathers and grandfathers than it is to us. For a good many years he was a pretty regular visitor to this country, conducting his own works at the big English festivals; one of the greatest triumphs of his career was won by his oratorio Calvary at Norwich in 1839. His popularity hero may be gauged by the fact that when, some years later, ho was invited to conduct The Fall of Babylon at Norwich, and leave of absence from his German post was refused, a petition with an enormous number of signatures, forwarded with a special request from Lord Aberdeen, as one of Her Majesty's Ministers, was sent, unhappily in vain, to tho German authorities.
The Last Judgment was produced in the Lutheran Church at Cassel on Good Friday, 1826. In 1830 it was given at the Norwich Festival and eight years later Spohr himself conducted a performance of it in London by the Sacred Harmonic Society. It is in two parts, each of which begins with an important orchestral symphony, and much of the impressive music is in the hands of the chorus. Soprano, tenor, and bass soloists all have interesting parts, the alto singing only in quartets and in one recitative.
Spohr won his distinguished position in the world of music first as a violinist; a personal friend of the great Beethoven's, he took part in several first performances of the Master's music.
Conducted by the Very Rev. Rupert Hoper-Dixon, O.P. (Prior of the Dominican Priory, Hawkesyard, Staffs.)
Relayed from ST. CHAD'S CATHEDRAL, BIRMINGHAM
Order of Service for the Season of Advent
Hymn, 'Sweet Saviour, bless us ere we go'
Service conducted by:
The Very Rev. Rupert Hoper-Dixon,
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