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: A Religious Service

Relayed from Woodville Road Baptist Church.
Prayer of Invocation. followed by Lord's Prayer sung
Hymn (Baptist Church Hymnal, No. 650)
(Tune: 'Syria')
Scripture Reading, Mark ii, 1-17
Hymn (No. 306) (Tune: 'St. Agnes')
Hymn (No. 437) (Time: 'Panlan')
Sermon by Rev. Ambrose Lewis
Hymn (No. 331)
(Tune: 'Hyfrydol')


Sermon: Rev. Ambrose Lewis

: Cardiff Musical Society

The Second Concert of the 1927-1928 Season
Relayed from the Park Hall.
The Augmented Station Symphony Orchestra
Leader, Leonard Busfield
The Choir of the Cardiff Musical Society
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

The Composer said that in this Overture he intended to suggest the atmosphere of religious merry-making on Easter Sunday morning. The influence of old pagan customs was, in Russia, mingled with the more solemn Easter celebrations. Rimsky-Korsakov had in mind also 'reminiscences of ancient prophecy and of the gospel narrative', prefixing to his piece two Scriptural quotations. One is from Psalm lxviii, beginning 'Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered' and the other, from Mark, chapter xvi, describes Mary Magdalene and the others coming to the sepulchre of Jesus, finding the stone rolled away, and hearing the wonderful tidings from the angels: 'He is risen!'

Parry's work is a noble setting for eight-part Chorus and Full Orchestra of Milton's fine poem, At a Solemn Musick.
It begins with a swinging, dignified Orchestral Introduction, which constitutes a sort of 'Main Tune', out of the material of which the orchestral accompaniment of the piece is fashioned.
At last the Chorus enters, in eight parts, in plain, strong harmonies:-
Blest pair of Siens, pledges of Heaven's joy.....
The setting goes on, interweaving the voice parts in a splendid-tapestry of sound, building up noble climaxes, and ending with the aspiration:
O may we soon again renew that song,
And keep in tune with Heaven, till God ere long
To His celestial concert us unite
To live with Him, and sing in endless morn of light.

Those probings of the mysteries of life and death, which so often occupied the mind of America's great poet, Walt Whitman, have always made a strong appeal to Vaughan Williams.
We find an early manifestation of this affinity between poet and composer in the choral work 'Toward the Unknown Region, Darest thou now, O Soul, Walk out with me toward the unknown region? asks the poet - that land where 'All waits undreamed of.'

Solemn Melody .............. Walford Davies


Musicians: The Augmented Station Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Leonard Busfield
Singers: The Choir of the Cardiff Musical Society
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite

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: Concert

Relayed from the Park Hall.

The Light of Life
A Short Oratorio by Edward Elgar.
Mavis Bennett (Soprano), Gladys Palmer (Contralto), Tom Pickering (Tenor), Roy Henderson (Baritone)
The Choir of the Cardiff Musical Society
The Augmented Station Symphony Orchestra (Leader, Leonard Busfield), Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
Chorus, (Levites) and Solo (Tenor)
Recit, (Contralto) and Chorus (Disciples)
Solo (Baritone): 'Neither hath this man sinned'
Solo (Soprano): 'Be not extreme, O Lord'
Chorus, 'Light out of darkness'
Recit, (Contralto) and Baritone, 'And when he had thus spoken'
Chorus (Soprano and Contralto), 'Doubt not thy Father's care'.
Soli (Contralto and Tenor), 'He went his way before'
Tenor Solo, 'As a Spirit Thou didst pass'
Recit, (Contralto and Chorus), 'They brought Him'
Contralto Solo, 'Thou only hast the words of life'
Soprano, Contralto and Tenor: Recit., 'But then Jesus'
Soprano Solo and Chorus, 'Woe to the Shepherds'
Recit 'Jesus heard that they had cast Him out.' Solo. 'I am the Good Shepherd'
Chorus, 'Light of the World'
(These headings are printed by permission of Messrs. Novello and Co., Ltd.)

When The Light of Life was performed at the Worcester Three-Choirs Festival of 1896, nobody suspected that the composer of this simple-voiced, fashionable music was destined to stand before the world as a genius. But even then he was at work on the far greater work, The Dream of Gerontius, which was to place him on his pedestal four years later.
Looking back, however, to The Light of Life with our intimate knowledge of Elgar's later works, we can see flashes of the great style which ought to have been portents to the musical world of thirty years ago.
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.
There are sixteen sections, the first of which is an orchestral Meditation: The third is opened by the Contralto soloist with the narrative words: 'As Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from his birth.' Soon the Baritone has the words, 'As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world', which give the clue to the spiritual theme of the Oratorio: Jesus, the Bringer of Light.
Those who first read the Gospel chapters will be enabled to follow the thread of quotation and allusion.


Composer (The Light of Life): Edward Elgar
Soprano: Mavis Bennett
Contralto: Gladys Palmer
Tenor: Tom Pickering
Baritone: Roy Henderson
Singers: The Choir of the Cardiff Musical Society
Musicians: The Augmented Station Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Leonard Busfield
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite

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