and NADEJIN (Bass)
The Balalaika is a kind of guitar with a triangular body. It is Tartar in origin and is today very popular with the Russian peasants, who use it to accompany their songs and dances. The instruments are of various sizes, just as in our own string orchestras. The largest of the Balalaikas rests on the ground when being played, something like our double-bass. Balalaika Orchestras have visited this country since the War, and have appeared at the Coliseum and other places in London and the provinces. They boast an all-round repertory which does not stop at their own folk-songs. They can tackle classical music, which has, of course, to be specially arranged for them, with the same ease as do, for example, the crack brass bands in our own country.
Lauri Kennedy , who is the first 'cellist of the B.B.C. Orchestra, has been playing violoncello solos in public since he was eight. He made his début at that age in Australia, later studied in Vienna and London, and was then advised by Dame Nellie Melba to go to America. There he met John McCormack and joined him on a long series of tours. Besides travelling with McCormack, Kennedy has toured with Melba, Tetrazzini and many others, and everywhere with great success. He is a soloist of the first order.
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