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From York Minster
S.B. from Leeds
Organ (during entry of the Choir)
The visitor's first impression on entering York Minster, especially at the West end, is one of majestic grandeur rather than of beauty. Not that the Minster is not beautiful, but the sense of awe comes first; the appreciation of its beauty follows. A famous architect once described York Minster as the King of the Northern Province, and Canterbury Cathedral as the Queen of the South. The spacious proportions of the Cathedral as a whole, whether seen from within or without, convey an impression of masculine strength. But beauty is not far to seek, above all in the windows, over a hundred in number, filled with exquisite mediaeval stained glass, the crowning glory of the Minster.
The 1300th Anniversary Festival in 1927 provided an opportunity of emphasizing the true purpose of a Cathedral as a shrine for the worship of God, of which Dean Ford and the Chapter were quick to take advantage. At the beginning of that year the whole of the Minster was thrown open to all without fee. As in other cases, the free offerings of visitors have proved more generous than the fees previously asked for entering the Choir and the Crypt. Moreover, the increase in motor traffic is making it possible for larger numbers than ever before to visit the Minster.
During the summer months, congregations varying from five hundred to over two thousand are often present at the Services, which on Sundays, Bank Holidays and Saturday afternoons have to be held in the Nave, since the Choir cannot contain the worshippers. A new atmosphere of reverent freedom is most noticeable at these Nave services. In addition to those who fill the rows of chairs, sometimes to overflowing, little groups of people are always to be found standing at the back or in the aisles of the Nave, silently watching the worship of God. No official interferes with them; they enter, they stay, .they leave, just as they please; their demeanour clearly shows that they value such unlooked-for freedom.
York Minster has justly earned a reputation for beautiful singing, which it owes to the genius of its organist, Dr. Bairstow, and the enthusiasm of the Choir whom he directs. On Easter Day morning especial attention should be given to the singing of the Psalms in free speech rhythm, which successfully avoids the stilted accents common to all but the best Anglican chanting. The year's service music is selected under the direction of the Precentor, Canon C.C. Bell, from the works of a wide range of composers, preference being properly given to those of English musicians.
The structural enrichment of the Cathedral initiated by the late Dean (now Dean of Westminster) is proceeding apace. Three Chapels have now been specially furnished as Memorials by different Yorkshire Regiments. The richly decorated screens, recently completed, which enclose the Chapel of the West Yorkshire Regiment in the South Transept, are among the most beautiful additions to the Minster.
(in the Nave)
Special Psalm 111
Te Deum and Benedictus
Stanford in C
Easter Carol, 'This joyful Eastertide ' (Cowley Carol Book, No. 51)
Sermon : Preacher. THE LORD
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
Hymn, Jesus Christ is risen today The Service conducted by the Rev.
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BETTY Bannerman (Contralto)
Ashmoor BURCH (Baritone)
THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND
Conducted by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
THE leading composers have for the most part neglected the Military Band, as though so popular a medium were unworthy of their best ideas. Times are changing, and more and more the great composers are realizing that the band is in every way as well adapted for presenting their music as the concert orchestra may do.
Gustav Hoist is among the few modern British musicians who have given the Military Band a fair share of their best work, composing, among other music, two vigorous and thoroughly popular Suites for it. The second one is largely based on folk tunes, as the names of the movements set forth, and the only further point of interest for listeners is that the two tunes which are cunningly welded together in the last movement are the same which Mr. Holst uses so happily in his St. Paul's Suite for Strings.
of Duets for Two Pianofortes by ETHEL BARTLETT and RAE Robertson
THE name of Clementi is not exactly beloved by young pianists. Ho left a great mass of studies and educational music for the pianoforte with which most young people have to struggle. The most important of these are grouped together in a book called ' Gradus ad Parnassum,' and many toiling aspirants after mastery of the keyboard have found this ascent of Parnassus very steep and difficult. Ho was himself a brilliant pianist, and left a considerable volume of other work too, but the best known incident of his career is the pianoforte playing contest in which he engaged with Mozart. The contest was supposed to have been instigated by the Emperor Joseph II, and it was apparently a drawn battle, each competitor earning the respect of the other.
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(Daniel i, 3-21)
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were selected by Ashpanez from the captive children of Israel to join a company of young men, 'well favoured, skilful in all Wisdom, cunning in knowledge, and understanding science,' from among whom King Nebuchadnezzar, after they had been instructed in the learning and tongue of the Chaldeans for three years, would select his three chief counsellors.
During these three years it was decreed that they should be given a daily provision of the king's meat and of the wine which he drank. But Daniel, not wishing to defile himself by submitting to this diet, persuaded Ashpanez to allow him and his three compatriots to eat pulse and to drink water.
Now at the end of the three years when the company of young men were brought before the king, there was found among them all none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore stood they before the king, and became his foremost advisers.
Nebuchadnezzar found them so much wiser than all his magicians and astrologers that soon, headed by Daniel, they attained positions of great importance in the kingdom of Persia.
DER Himmel LACHT
(The Heavens Laugh)
Relayed from the Guildhall School of Music
ELSIE SUDDABY (Soprano) JOHN ARMSTRONG (Tenor)
KEITH FALKNER (Bass)
LESLIE WOODGATE (Organ)
JOHN FIELD (Oboe)
THE WIRELESS CHORUS and THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA
(Trumpets, Tympani, Oboes, Bassoon and Strings)
Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
THE words of the Cantata are as follows : â
I.-Sonata. II. â Chorus.
The heavens shont, the earth with praise exulteth,
And everything that draweth breath.
The Saviour lives I He now in triumph rlseth,
And proud hath hurst the bars of death.
He who within God's acre resteth
The Holy One to heaven now calleth.
III. â Recitative (Bass).
0 longed-for day
Come, spirit, sing with joy!
The First and Last, Beginning and the Ending,
He Whom our heavy guilt did cast to hell's grim keeping,
Today is risen from the tomb!
He Who was dead, behold, now liveth ever t
And, as the head, so liveth every member. Within His hands He holds .
The keys of death and hell's dark portal. His mantle's folds
Blood red be-dyed and torn with scourging cruel.
Today are decked with victory like a jewel.
IV.â Aria (Bass).
Prince eternal, strong defender, Lord Almighty, God's own Son,
See, Thy cross was but a ladder Set to raise Thee to Thy throne !
Lo, the piercing cords that bound Thee Deck Thee now with glory rare !
E'en the cruel thorns that tore Thee Gems of worth and beauty arc I
V. â Recitative (Tenor).
Arouse thee, then, my soul whom Christ delivered I
To Him thy homage pay I
A new life at His service lay I
Flee shun the works of darkness !
Soul, let thy Saviour now above receive thy love and goodness !
Thy conduct, as a vine, see no ill fruit
But e'er that it to heaven its branches reareth !
O Christian, haste, and flee hell's tomb, escape ye 1
But leave the stone, thy sin, in darkness wrapped,
Behind thee, and seek for Jesu's self alone!
VI.â Aria (Tenor).
He who would in Christ be living Must himself to God be giving, In Whose image was he made; To the skies his soul upraising, From the tomb of sin escaping, Now God's sign is on him laid.
VII. â Recitative (Soprano).
As members by their head Are guided all and led
So can from Jesus nought divide me, Whatever may betide me,
If I with Him do suffer pain, then He to heaven above will guide me.
Where sits He throned on high, my God my flesh shall see in heaven.
VIII. â Aria (Soprano).
Life's last moment, quickly come !
Close mine eyelids, in death sleeping ! Christ above will on me shine,
With the light on heaven down leaping ! Come, dear angels, take me home !
IX. â Chorale.
My course is set to heaven above To Christ I'd hence betake me. Asleep in Him and in His love, No mortal hand can wake me.
Lord Christ, fair victor in the strife. 'Tis He shall call my soul to life, And bliss eternal grant me !
The words are taken, by permission of Messrs. Constable and Co... from, ' Bach's Cantata Texts, Sacred and Seculatr,' by C. Sanford
From St. George's Chapel, Windsor
Hymn, 'O Sons and Daughters, let us Sing '
Lesson: John xx, 11-19
Magnificat (Chant in E Flat)
Anthem, ' Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ '
S. S. Wesley
Address by the Dean of Windsor
Hymn after Blessing, ' Jesus lives '
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Appeal on behalf of the Joint Housing Committee (appointed by the London Council of Social Service and the Mansion House Council on Health and Housing), by Mr. John Galsworthy
The Joint Housing Committee represents some fourteen Housing Associations in London, all of which provide healthy dwellings on low weekly rentals, build houses, or buy up insanitary houses, making them habitable. The Associations, which are mainly dependent on share or loan capital, carrying low or limited rates of interest, are urgently in need of additional funds to extend their work; and their present appeal is for donations towards housing the poorest in decent houses.
Contributions should be sent to [address removed]. The fund will be allocated to the various Housing Associations by the following trustees: Sir Vansittart Bowater and Mr. E.C. Grenfell, M.P.'s for the City of London, the Rt. Hon. Sir Willoughby Dickinson, K.B.E., Chairman of the London Council of Social Service, Lt.-Col. C. Waley-Cohen, C.M.G., Chairman of the Mansion House Committee on Health and Housing, and Sir Edgar Bonham-Carter, K.C.M.G., Chairman of the Joint Housing Committee of the two Councils.
KATE WINTER (Soprano)
MAURICE COLE (Pianoforte)
THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY
Conducted by PERCY Pitt
Overture, ' In Autumn '
First Spring (for String Orchestra)
Norwegian Wedding Procession
9.28 KATE WINTER (with Orchestra)
Solveig's Cradle Song The Swan
9.38 MAURICE COLE (with Orchestra)
10.7 KATE WINTER
Two Brown Eyes The Nightingale
Lyric Suite, Op. 57
Shepherd Boy ; Norwegian Rustic March; Nocturne; March of the Dwarfs