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: The Light of the World

The Station Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite


Musicians: The Station Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite

: The Light of Life

A Short Oratorio by Sir Edward Elgar.
Dorothy Silk (Soprano), Edith Furmedge (Contralto) Tom Pickering (Tenor), Stuart Robertson (Baritone)
The Chorus of The Cardiff Musical Society
The Station Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

Though this is an early work of Elgar (it was first heard at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival of 1896) it gives us glimpses of the Composer's maturing greatness, that was four years later to be so surely demonstrated in The Dream of Gerontius. The subject of the Oratorio is the miracle of the blind man restored to sight, told in St. John, chapters ix. and x. The Gospel words were selected and expository verses added by the Rev. E. Capel-Cure, Vicar of Bradninch, in Devonshire.
Those who first read the Gospel chapters will be best able to follow the thread of quotation and allusion.


Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
Soprano: Dorothy Silk
Contralto: Edith Furmedge
Tenor: Tom Pickering
Baritone: Stuart Robertson
Singers: The Chorus of The Cardiff Musical Society
Musicians: The Station Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite

: Dorothy Silk

Aria from Cantata No. 133


Soprano: Dorothy Silk

: Richard Barron

Milton's 'Ode to the Nativity'


Reader: Richard Barron

: Tom Pickering (Tenor)

Aria, 'Haste Ye Shepherds', from 'Christmas Oratorio'


Tenor: Tom Pickering

: The Orchestra

Two Old Christmas Airs
Immortal Babe
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

: Religious Service

From the Studio
Choir of the Broadway Wesleyan Church

Hymn No. 72, 'The King of Love My Shepherd Is'
A Short Reading from the Scriptures
Hymn No. 17, 'Lord, While For All Mankind We Pray'
Anthem, 'Give Peace in Our Time'
Religious Address by the Rev. C.W. Harpur
Hymn, No. 981, 'These Things Shall Be' Simeon


Singers: Choir of the Broadway Wesleyan Church
Speaker: The Rev. C.W. Harpur

: Daily Express National Community Singing Concert

Relayed from the Empire Theatre, Cardiff.
The Station Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite


Musicians: The Station Orchestra
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite

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