THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOHN ANSELL
SULLIVAN'S Overture has been heard on many a solemn memorial occasion since its composition sixty years ago.
The story of its production has a note of personal tragedy. For tho Norwich Festival of 1866, Sullivan (then twenty-four years old) was to write a now work. About a month before the Festival he told his father in despair that he could get no satisfactory idea. His father, however, prophesied that something would be sure to happen which would inspire him. Three days later, the father died, and Sullivan expressed his grief in the In Memoriam' Overture, which was duly produced at the Festival.
This is a large-scale pverture, complex, but not obscure. It opens ' at a steady pace, with religious feeling.' A simple tune is given out by a Woodwind quartet, Oboe playing the tune. This is well known as a hymn-tune. After this has been repeated, there immediately follows the main body of the piece, marked ' Very quick.' This is very dramatic music. Many distinetivo tunes are introduced, and treated with great variety. The prevailing mood is forceful.
The Overture ends with the hymn-tune melody, played by the whole Orchestra and full Organ, a great triumphal song.
SULLIVAN'S Overture to the Ball brings the spirit of the Danco before us in many of its familiar fonns, like tho preamble to a Carnival ball. It is spirited music, written when Sullivan was twenty-eight, before he dreamt of winning fame as a Composer of Comic Operas.
In The Merchant of Venice a Masque is held outside tho house of Shylock. The dancing reaches a great pitch of excitement, and when tho revelry is at its highest, Shylock's daughter, Jessica, escapes with her lover, Lorenzo.
by CHARLES WARNER , A.R.C.O.
From Wesley's Chapel, City Road
Hymn, 'Jesu, Lover of my Soul' (Tune, Hollingside)
Lesson, Corinthians, i and xiii. Scripture Prayer
Words of Anthem, Hymns A. and M. 293,
Methodist Hymn Book 383 (Soloist, MARGERY WILLIAMS )
Address by the Rev. W, HODSON SMITH (President of the Wesleyan Conference)
Hymn, 'Captain of Israels Host and Guide' (Tune, St. Werbergh)
Today is the first Sunday of the Methodist year, and - as last year - London station is broadcasting the service from Wesley's Chapel, with the address by the new President of the Wesleyan Conference. This year's President, the Rev. W. Hodson Smith, is already well the National Children's
Appeal by the Rev. H. W. BLACKBURNE, Chaplain to H.M. The King, Vicar of Ashford, on behalf of Ashford Hospital.
BUILT fifty years ago as a cottage hospital for twelve patients, the Ashford Hospital has now thirty-two beds and an average waiting list of a hundred cases. As it is on the main road to the coast, it has many accident cases, in addition to the ordinary needs of the town of Ashford, with the railway works there, and the seventy villages that it serves. To meet these needs, a new hospital, with ninety beds, has been planned, and the foundation-stone was laid by the Duke and Duchess of York last October. This will cost £35,000, and £7,000 more will be required for a Nurses' Home. £21,000 has been raised, and a Jubilee Campaign is endeavouring to collect the £14,000 needed to complete the main buildings.
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8.55 THE WEEK'S GOOD CAUSE :
Appeal on behalf of Brabazon Employment Society by Miss JEAN ALEXANDER
T ACK of employment is not merely an economic, but a psychological evil. Even those whose maintenance is assured can suffer in mind from having nothing to do, and the Brabazon Employment Society was founded by the late Countess of Meath, in 1883, ' to provide interesting occupation for those who from ago or ill-health are forced to pass the weary hours idly in our workhouse and infirmary wards, and in other similar institutions.' These people are taught crafts by unpaid voluntary teachers, and, though the results of their work are not allowed to compete with outside labour, they are kept happy and in some cases they attain such proficiency that they leave the workhouse and support themselves.
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GRAND HOTEL, EASTBOURNE,
DALE SMITH (Baritone)
Relayed from the Grand Hotel,
Eastbourne ORCHESTRA Fantasia on Gounod's ' Faust'