'Birds, Beasts, and Fishes,' including more songs from 'The Bad Child's Book of Beasts,' by HILAIRE BELLOC, sung by ANONA WINN, with the Composer, DUDLEY GLASS, at the Piano
'The Faithful Kipper,' by HUGH E. WRIGHT
'Weather or No ' (Carey Grey)
CYRIL SMITH (Pianoforte)
THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA
(Led by MARIE WILSON )
Conducted by LESLIE HEWARD Overture, The Secret Marriage......... Cimarosa
Leslie Heward , a Yorkshireman, is now Musical Director and Conductor of The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Only thirty-four, he has already had a full musical life. For example, at eight he was deputising for his organist father; at twelve, he was a choir boy at Manchester Cathedral, giving piano lessons, winning prizes at competition festivals, and graduating as organist and choirmaster, a post he occupied all to himself at the age of sixteen.
He then won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music; became, later, music master first at Kton then at Westminster; joined the British National Opera Company as chorus-master, was soon promoted to his rightful place on the staff of conductors, and at the age of twenty-six, having served a full and arduous apprenticeship, was appointed to the eonductorship of the. Capetown Municipal Orchestra and the musical directorship of broadcasting in Capetown. After three years of conducting there-often in tropical heat—and broadcasting so frequently that he had to conceal his identity under half-a-dozen aliases, he returned to England and was presently appointed to his present conductorship at Birmingham. Howard is not only a conductor; he has composed a number of works of all kinds, of a quality ranking with the best British contemporary music. Listeners will call to mind the first performance of an orchestral work by him entitled ' Quodlibet,' at a Sunday Evening Concert in May of last year.
CYRIL. SMITH and Orchestra
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