From THE TOWN HALL, HUDDERSFIELD
(North Regional Programme)
ISOBEL BAILLIE (Soprano)
WALTER WIDDOP (Tenor)
CHORUS and ORCHESTRA
Conducted by Sm HENRY COWARD
SIR HENRY COWARD , one of the really great choral conductors of our time, is a staunch champion of the dignity of music. A vigorous article, in which he hit out mercilessly at modern jazz music, must still be fresh in the memory of all readers of The Radio Times, and he has never had any patience with the cheap or meretricious which can sometimes force its way into music. He had many difficulties and obstacles to overcome in early life, but tackled them with a sturdy courage and determination which have all along been among the big factors in his successful career. He is one of those who is clearly marked out for success in whatever direction he elects to go. For some years ho was a schoolmaster, and latterly headmaster of an elementary school, working hard at the same time as a choir-trainer. It was he who founded the society which quickly won fame as the Sheffield Musical Union â one of the first Northern choral societies to show the world to what a pitch of art choral singing could bo brought. He was soon marked out as a conductor to be secured for big bodies of choral singing, and when Queen Victoria went to Sheffield in her Jubilee year, Sir Henry â then Dr.-Coward had a choir of about 60,000 children singing before Her Majesty. A few years later, when the Sheffield Music Festival came into being, he was appointed its chorus-master, and since then his fame and that of Sheffield choral singing have been common knowledge throughout the world of music.
In 1906 he took a choir to Germany, drawing on the Leeds Choral Union as well as his own Sheffield chorus, and gave concerts in many of the German centres which were something of a revelation to our rivals over there. Two years later he carried out a tour in Canada with a Yorkshire choir, and in 1910 made another successful visit to Germany. Since then, he has been practically all over the world as a choral conductor, and is rightly looked up to as one whoso achievement is the last word on the subject. He was knighted in 1926, an honour which the whole world of music felt to be righly earned.
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