Directed by JOHAN HOCK
From QUEEN'S COLLEGE,
(From Midland Regional)
PAUL BEARD (1st Violin); ERNEST ELEMENT (2nd Violin) ; W. A. HAMPSON (3rd Violin) ; ROWLAND SIRRELL (4th Violin); FRANK VENTON (1st Viola); BERT DOWNSES (2nd Viola) ; JOHAN HOCK (1st Violoncello) ; HERBERT STEPHEN (2nd
In co-operation with INSTITUT NATIONAL DE
From THE HALL of THE PALAIS DES BEAUX
GRAND ORCHESTRA OF THE INSTITUT NATIONAL BELGE DE RADIODIFFUSION
Under the direction of M. DESIRÉ DEFAUW
MLLE. BERTHE BRIFFAUX of The Flemish Theatre Royal, Antwerp
FOR nearly a hundred years
Brussels has owed its import- anco in the music of Europe to its Conservatoire, ono of five such Royal Schools in Belgium it will celebrate the centenary of its foundation next year. Fétis, one of music's most learned historians, was its first director, and among his successors have been some whoso names are almost as widely known : the present director is Jongen, whom we know well in this country as a composer, and who has a modest share in this programme. The Conservatoire is subsidized by the City, and so, too, is the opera house, the Theatro Royal de la Monnaie (it was built on tho sito of an old Mint, which explains its name). In it, French and Belgian operas and ballets ate chiefly presented, with a few classics and foreign works, and it is an old-established rule that once a year a new opera by a native Belgian composer must be produced. Subscription orchestral concerts mo given annually, and since 1P20, Desir6 Defauw. known to us as a brilliant solo violinist, and as leader of the Allied Quartet, in which Charles Woodhouse , Lionel Tertis , and Emile Doehard were his colleagues, has conducted them. It is barely two months since he was appointn I Music Director of Belgian National Broadcasting, with its fine orchestra, but already his masterly knowledge and experience, and his tireless enthusiasm, are making their mark both on the programmes and on their performance. This concert is a judicious blond of tho two Belgian elements—French and Flemish, alwavs a delicate matter in bi-lingual countries—and two of its biggest pieces have long ago asserted their right to bo counted as music, rather than Belgian music. And, if they may seem to weight the balance rather on the French side, tho singer is a distinguished member of the Royal Flemish Opera, Antwerp.
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