Solomon, an outstanding English pianist, was born in 1903 in the East End of London. At the age of eight he made an astonishing dtibut in London, playing Tchaikovsky's extremely difficult Concerto with the Queen's Hall Orchestra with the ease and maturity of a grown artist. Before he attained the age of twelve, he had as many as fourteen Concertos with Orchestra in his repertory and several recital programmes. At the age of fifteen he wisely retired from the public, to which act may be ascribed his success as a mature artist. He studied under Mathilde
Verne and then with Rumsehisky in London, and with Cortot, Lazare-Levy and Dupré in Paris. Ho returned to London in 1021, whero he resumed his concerts at the Wigmore Hall. He visited America in 1925, and has toured Germany and Holland. He has played three times for the Pianoforte Society, engagements which are reserved for only the finest masters of this instrument, and he has appeared for all the principal Societies in Great Britain and Ireland. He is very well known to Promenade and B.B.C. Symphony Concert audiences and to wireless listeners who have grown to look with pleasure for his periodical recitals from the studio. His programmes include something from Chopin whenever possible, for he is essentially a romanticist. That, however, does not prevent him from exercising a catholic taste. It will be remembered that he recently joined with Lionel Tertis in the first performance of the new Viola Sonata by Arthur Bliss. His place in this Christmas Day programme is appropriate and welcome.
Leaves from a Winter Album
This is a now edition of the Christmas anthology which was broadcast on December 22, 1931. The spirit is the same-a Dickens Christmas. Inglenooks and burning logs, the savour of mincepies, hearts glowing in an atmosphere of merriment and sociability. And among the items will be unusual carols, seasonable verses, something of the Cratchits, and a 12th Century song called Bring in the Good Ale.' As interesting as any item will be the Sussex Mummers' play, of unknown date and origin, in which one of the characters is actually Father Christmas.
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