Arthur Wood, born at Heckmondwike in 1875, has spent many years in conducting orchestras - at first, as deputy, that of the Harrogate Corporation, and then, as chief, at various London theatres, particularly the Shaftesbury, the Gaiety, and Daly's. He became Musical Director at His Majesty's in 1927. He has written the music for several musical comedies and revues, and also a number of orchestral pieces, of which the Three Dale Dances are amongst the best known.
The four pieces in this Suite are entitled: (1) Knaresboro' Status; (2) Ilkley Tarn; (3) Bollon Abbey; and (4) Barwick Green.
A Status in Yorkshire is a hiring fair, at which the farm lads and lasses stand about the marketplace to receive offers of engagements for the following year. Ilkley Tarn is on the moor of which John Henry sings. Bolton Abbey, celebrated in more than one poem of Wordsworth, holds memories of twelfth-century Augustinians, and Barwick is a very pleasant village in the West Riding.
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