MARGARET BALFOUR (Cotitralto)
THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA
(Led by Laurance Turner )
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
Here is an addition to the engaging and very popular orchestral suites of Eric Coates. Having already made the journey from ' Meadow to Mayfair ' he is for the moment staying in the city, doubtless for the purpose of giving us his impressions. London has been recorded in terms of music by many musical Londoners, ranging from Elgar and Vaughan Williams at one end to the original composer of 'Who'll buy my lavender?' at the other. Somewhere between these two extremes this suite will occupy its niche, its exact position being on the peak of popularity.
This suite is drawn from the incidental music which Gounod wrote in 1873 for the play of Jeanne d'Arc, written by Jules Barbier. It was a subject congenial to him, for at this date Gounod had practically abandoned the stage for the church, and was writing only music with a religious basis. How far his residence in England, from 1870 to 187.5, affected his outlook is not clear, but his deflection from opera dates roughly from that period. In later life he became a firm religious mystic, and composed a Mass to Joan of Are, having declared his intention (certainly not carried out) of composing it on his knees in the Cathedral of Rheims on the very stone on which Joan knelt at the coronation of the king, Charles VII. Ihe Mass was first performed in Rheims Cathedral in 1887.
THE THREE GINX
MABEL CONSTANDUROS AND
MICHAEL HOGAN in a new Buggins sketch 'The Dramatic Instink'
NANCIE LOVAT (Soprano)
RUPERT HAZELL and ELSIE DAY
THOSE FOUR CHAPS
Bobbie Comber ; Paul England;
Claude Hulbert ; Harry Longhurst
THE B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA, directed by HENRY HALL , will play during the programme
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