by KATE WINTER (Soprano)
SINCLAIR LOGAN (Baritone) and THE OLOF SEXTET
THE original name of the Opera which we ,'usually call simply The Seraglio, is The Abduction from the Seraglio. The story was adapted from a play of that day, modified by Mozart himself; it turns on the capture of a fair lady by a Turkish
' Bashaw ' and her rescue' by her faithful lover, a young Spanish gentleman. The whole story is treated in the most light-hearted spirit, and Mozart's gay and tuneful music suits it admirably. It is recorded that when tho Opera was first performed, -in the presence of the Emperor, he thought the scoring too full-it probably was considerably richer than any he was accustomed to—and that he said to Mozart, 'There are too many notes in the music.' If report bo true, Mozart replied that there were just as many as there ought to bo. The Opera has been heard in this country both under Sir Thomas Beecham 's guidance, and afterwards from the B.N.O.C., and one or two of its separate numbers appear frequently in concert programmes. Notable among these are the two airs for bass, ' When a maiden takes your fancy,' and ' Ah, my pretty braco of fellows.' These were specially composed by Mozart for a famous bass of his day with an unusually deep voice, and have always been popular with basses whose lower notes are sufficiently full and resonant' to do them justice.
The Overture is typical of Mozart in his merriest vein ; it is in three sections, the first brisk and sprightly, the second in quieter mood, based on the first scene of the opera, and the third again, like the opening, in bright spirits.
(For 5.0 to 8.45 Programmes sea opposite page.)
From St. John's, Westminster
Conducted by the Rev. Canon C. S. WOODWARD
Sennacherib threatens Hezekinh
THE King of Assyria had conquered
Israel. For three years he had laid siege to Samaria and now it had fallen, and thousands of Israelites had been taken captive into Assyria.
Small wonder, therefore, that
Hezekiah, King of Judah. was afraid. True ' he had done that which was right in the sight of the Lord ' and had rebelled against the King of Assyria, but Israel's fate appalled him.
Consequently, when Sennacherib captured ' all the fenced cities of Judah ' Hezekiah's faith burned low, and he sent to the King of Assyria, offering to pay tribute to him again. Sennacherib demanded three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold, and Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the Lord, and cut off the gold from the doors of the temple—thereby showing the people openly that ho no longer trusted in his God to deliver him. Sennacherib was not slow to take advantage of this, and laid siege to Jerusalem.
So certain was he that, having lost faith in their God, the Jews would surrender, that he offered them terms before striking a blow through the captain of his host Rab-shakeh.
First he taunted them with relying on help from Egypt-that broken reed. And then—waxing bold-he mocked at their God. Hark not unto Hezekiah when he persuadeth you saying, The Lord will deliver us-Hath any of the gods of the nation delivered at all his land out of the hand of the King of Assyria ? '
Next Sunday wo shall hear what happened to the host of Sennacherib.
' SIE WERDEN AUS SABA ALLE
KOMMEN ' (' The Sages of Sheba ')
Relayed from the Guildhall School of Music
Tom PICKERING (Tenor)
WILLIAM BARRAND (Bass)
LESLIE WOODGATE (Organ) THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA
(Horns, Flutes, English Horns and Strings)
Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
TODAY'S Cantata is the one which was sung on February 3. It has been decided to repeat in this way each of the Cantatas which the London Wireless Chorus will sing, at intervals of a fortnight. On tho intervening Sundays, one or other of the provincial Stations is to repeat
Cantatas which have already been sung there. In this way it is hoped to give listeners a better opportunity of making themselves familiar with the great wealth cf beauty which cannot always be fully appreciated on a first hearing.
(For the words of the Cantata see opposite page.)
Relayed from Capel Gomer Welsh
S.B. from Swansea Gweddi Emyn 184 (Llawlyfr Moliant), 'Pe cawn i'm rhan drysorau'r byd'
Darllen: loan xvi, 25-33 ; xiv, 1-9
Emyn 99, At un a wrendy weddi'r gwan'
Emyn 365, ' '0 Iesu !
Addfwyn Geidwad '
Pregeth : Y Parch R. S. ROGERS , B.A. Emyn 341, '0 Genadwir Hyfryd' Y Fendith Apostolaidd Gweddi—Gân
from All Hallows Church, Lombard
Hymn, ' City of God, how broad and far'(Songs of Praise, 216) (English Hymnal, 375)
Lesson: St. Luke xi, 1-13
Hymn, ' Thy Kingdom Come I On bended Knee the Passing Ages Pray' (Songs of Praise, 386) (English Hymnal, 604)
Address t The Rev. Canon TISSINGTON
Tatlow, D.D., Gen. Secretary Students' Christian Movement.
Hymn, 'Hills of the North Rejoice'
(Songs of Praise, 258)
Appeal on behalf of the Wallingford Farm Training College of the National Union for Christian Social Service by SIR JOHN MARTIN HARVEY THIS colony, which is controlled by the National
Union for Christian Social Service, was established seventeen years ago, at Benson, near Oxford, to train lads and men who had not made a start in life, or who had started and failed. This rather difficult material has been so successfully handled that seventy per cent. of all those received are sent out and become self-supporting in the Dominions or on English farms. The pressure of applications has become so great that the Committee in charge of the colony have purchased and equipped an adjoining farm, erected additional homes for the colonists and staff, and improved the farm buildings, thereby providing accommodation for 300 colonists drawn from all parts of England and Wales. The Committee urgently appeal for a sum of not less than £5,000 to complete the cost of this extension, and in particular to provide a Sanatorium on tlio colony, which is badly needed.
Contributions should be sent to [address removed].
OLIVE KAVANN (Contralto) JEANNE CHEVREAU (Harp)
THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND
Conducted by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
GOD is Love
For a time, the details of this closing item of the Sunday programmes were not disclosed, since many listeners seemed to enjoy the element of unexpectedness in it. However, during the past few weeks we have received a number of requests from other listeners who would like to know in advance details of the Epilogue in order to be able to join in its hymns and follow its readings. For the benefit of these latter we are printing I he details of this week's Epilogue on page 413, where it will not intrude itself upon those who still wish to approach it unprepared.