THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO AUGMENTED
(Loader, FRANK CANTELL)
Conducted by Joseph LEWIS
GWLADYS NAISH (Soprano)
FRANK TITTERTON (Tenor)
KEJTH FALKNER (Baritone)
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO CHORUS
Excerpts will be given from
' Athalie '
' Samson '
' St. Paul'
' Judas Maccabaeus '
MAY HUXLEY (Soprano) JOHN THORNE (Baritone)
THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND
Conducted by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
THAT the popular conductor of the B.B.C. Military
Band in London is much more than a thoroughly equipped Military Bandmaster, has long ago been made abundantly clear by the success of his orchestral music and songs, to name two other directions in which he is best known to the great listening public. And ho is, of course, particularly happy in making use of the folk songs of his native Ireland.
The first of these two Sketches, The Mountain
Sprite, begins with a plaintive tune for the English hom alone. Like a free Recitative, it is an expressive and sad little tune such as a shepherd among the hills might play on his pipe in solitude. That furnishes a little introduction and then in a gently moving time a clarinet solo plays the flowing tune. It leads straight into a bustling little section with a brisk melody, and then the first part returns, now with something of sorrow in its mood. The movement is rounded off by a little return of the opening tune for the English horn.
The second piece is called By the Pattern, a pattern being a danco at the crossroads. It is supposed that the word was derived from ' Patron,' and that the dance was originally in honour of St. Patrick. Two bars of introduction serve to bring in the merry tune played, to begin with, on the clarinet. It hurries along on nimble feet, but in the middle is in. terrupted by a slow section which the brasses begin with a solo. Then the merry dance returns to bring the piece to an end with boisterous vigour.
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