(R) From page 63 of ' When Two or Three
At the Organ of The Regal, Kingston-on-Thames
The drama of the Norwegian poet Bjomson, Sigurd Jorsalfar (Sigurd the Crusader , is a tale of Konvavm Ac time of the Crusades. Sigurd and his brother Evstein, sons ot the great Harald, are Berce rivals each reigning over part of Norway. At the end of the play they become reconciled and dedicate themselves jointly to the service of their country...
Grieg wrote incidental music for the production of the play, afterwards recasting several of the movements in the form of a very active Suite, second in popularity only to the two Suites from his music to Ibsen's Peer Gynt. The three movements have an the vividly picturesque manner of Grieg. All three movements are in Grieg's unmistakable idiom, the Homage March is a nne pompous piece of music, and the middle section, in particular, is as haunting as anything the Norwegian master ever wrote.
The Granada, Walthamstow
Directed by HENRY HALL
Directed by RussELL SMYTHE
The Imperial Hydro Hotel, Blackpool
The Spa Royal Hall, Bridlington
Leader A. Rossi
Under the direction ofEMiLio COLOMBO
The Hotel Metropole, London
Directed by HENRY HALL
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At the Organ of The Tower Ballroom,
This is the first broadcast by Bobby Howell and his famous band of sixteen members, each master of his instrument â€”in several cases of two or three instruments. They are one of the most versatile bands in vaudeville and have achieved the great honour for any dance band of being engaged at the Variety Artists' Ball at Grosvenor House two years in succession. In addition to many other notable engagements, they played at the Midnight Star Matinee at the Dominion Theatre, London, this year. One of the most versatile members of the team is Percy Renault, who trebles on tenor saxophone, clarinet and violin, and, as if that isn't sufficient accomplishment, is also the vocalist.
Bobby Howell , who conducts as well as plays the violin, must be about the only dance-band leader who was originally intended for the medical profession. The war changed his plans, and when he was demobilised he gave up all idea of becoming a doctor and commenced to study music seriously. When he was acting as musical director at the Regent Cinema, Stamford Hill , he got the idea of giving stage presentations of his band, at a time when the idea was a novelty. His band has played in the majority of London's super cinemas and halls, and has extensively toured the country.
No one can deny that there are mothers like Mrs. Craik, or that an author is entitled to write of them. Barbara Couper has chosen her character and her theme; a mother who exploits her weakness, and, the effect of her se!f-indulgence on the lives of her two daughters. There is in this play the dear-cut writing and and the evidence of technique one would expect from an actress-author who has herself broadcast in so many radio successes. There is indeed a great moment, when Carrie says to her sister: 'Do you love Mother?'
After hearing it, listeners will certainly hope to hear the next play that Barbara Couper writes, though they may hope that she will choose a central character less detestable than Mrs. Craik.
This play was broadcast in the Regional programme on Wednesday evening.
Conducted by Flight-Lieut. R. P. O'DONNELL ,
M.V.O. THORPE BATES (baritone)
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Led by LAURANCE TURNER
Conducted by PEDRO MORALES
PEGGY COCHRANE (violin and pianoforte)
If it is not a record for one artist to be the soloist on two separate instruments in a serious concert, it must be a very rare occurrence. Nor are there many who could do it besides Peggy Cochrane. When the famous Spanish composer and conductor, Pedro Morales, heard her play the Haydn Wood Violin Concerto, he was so impressed on being told that she was an equally accomplished pianist, he thought it would be an excellent idea if she were to broadcast on both Instruments tonight.
And so it comes about that one of the most versatile and one of the very earliest of radio stars is to give the Jean Francaix suite for violin and orchestra and then to play
Joaquin Turina's Symphonic Rhapsody for piano and strings. Peggy Cochrane has won renown on the air for her versatility. After making her name as a serious artist, she achieved equal success in Variety. Her 'tune a minute' programmes on the piano have been a feature of Variety for the last three years. She is doing another on September 3, and will figure in the autumn in 'People You Hear.'
Jean Francaix, one of the most promising of the younger French composers
â€”he is still only in the early twentiesâ€” a pupil of the well-known woman composer and teacher, Nadia Boulanger.
He already has several large-scale instrumental works to his credit. This suite for violin and orchestra, completed last year, is being given its first performance this evening.
Reynaido Hahn, Venezuelan by birth, French by adoption, is well-known as a song-writer. His ' If my songs had Wings' is as popular as anything of its kind in the repertoire. But Hahn has also a considerable number of operas and ballets to his credit as well as incidental music to a large number of plays. A pupil of Massenet, Hahn has in several ways become his successor in the world of French music. In this concert suite, unconventionally scored for wind, two harps and piano, Hahn depicts a ball given by a sixteenth century Duchess of Milan. First we have the entrance of the Duke; then a series of dances with an entr'acte depicting Leda and the Swan; finally the Dukes departure. Some years ago, Senor Morales produced 'Le Hat in Paris' as a ballet.
Joaquin Turina happens to be known in this country by his less personal works, colourful, thoroughly Spanish pieces such as The Procession of the Rocio and the three Fantastic Dances . Actually, his chief interest is in chamber music and 'pure' music in general. By no means the whole of his work is characterised by markedly national colouring. Born in 1882, Turina studied with d'lndy in Paris tor eight or nine years, and so acquired the solid classical outlook of the Cesar Franck school.
This Symphonic Rhapsody, a comparatively recent work, is the first of a projected cycle of works for piano and orchestra.
Fernandez Arbos , Spanish conductor, composer and violinist of international fame, was for many years a familiar figure in London musical life. He was violin professor at the Royal College of Music for twenty-two years (1894-1916). This Intermezzo was origmally conceived as a chorus in a musical comedy.
Sydney Kyte and his Band
Relayed from The Piccadilly Hotel