Led by Laurance Turner
Conducted by CLARENCE RAYBOULD
with DON CARLOS (tenor)
B. WALTON O'DONNELL
TUDOR DAVIES (tenor)
Saint Saens's symphonic poems are naturally based upon Liszt's, as are all symphonic poems written since Liszt's day. All such works vary very slightly in construction, and have, as a rule, an artistic resemblance to that type of story known as the conte. They are almost always based upon some literary programme, and are as economical in their subject matter as is a really good concise short story.
The plot of Danse macabre is of the simplest. The scene is a graveyard at night; the clock strikes and Death appears, knocks on the graves, and starts tuning his fiddle. In answer to his summons, several skeletons appear and dance wildly to Death's fiddling. Presently the cock crows, the dance ceases, and all disappear as day breaks.
Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY
Conducted by CHARLES PRENTICE
From The Studio
Order of Service
Hymn, Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven (A. and M. 298 ; S.P. 623 ; Cong. H. 9)
Words of Recollection
Prayer of Thanksgiving Psalm cxxxix, 1-12
Lesson, Luke ix, 51-62 Intercessions
Hymn, Rejoice, 0 land, in God thy might (S.P. 631)
Address by the Rev. EDWARD SHILLITO
Hymn, 0 God, our Help in ages past
(A. and M. 165; S.P. 598)
An Appeal on behalf of THE WOKING AND DISTRICT VICTORIA HOSPITAL; by BARBARA COUPER
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged, and should be addressed to [address removed]
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Leader, ALFRED CAVE
Conducted by ADRIAN BOULT
BEATRICE HARRISON (violoncello)
The Winter Gardens, Malvern
Dvorak's single Violoncello Concerto was written in the early 'nineties, soon after his return from America, and belongs to the period of the ' New World ' Symphony and the Nigger Quartet. But there is practically no trace of Negro colouring in the Concerto. As in the ' New World 'Symphony,, a motto theme dominates the whole work. Here, the motto theme is the first tune of the first movement; it is heard on the clarinets and bassoons, and crops up frequently in this and the succeeding movements.
The Concerto was first played in London in March, 1896, and was then lost sight of for a time. There are few 'cello concertos available; but of a small repertory this is decidedly one of the best, and of recent years has again come into favour. Not only are the possibilities of the solo instrument exploited with admirable effect, but the interest is equally distributed between the soloist and the orchestra, quite in the modern manner.
This musical picture of London and Londoners, sub-titled ' In London Town ', might very well be attributed to a man who knew the city from a child. But Elgar was a Worcestershire man, and no Cockney, though his conception of ' Cockaigne' shows that he loved the city. He has in this work mirrored the varied phases of its life and recorded the beating of its heart. The dignity of London, its gaiety, its citizens, from the pairs of lovers in the park to the whistling street urchins, the Guards band on the march, the Salvation Army, the quiet of a City church, the bustle of the streets-all are set forth in the music.
WINIFRED DAVIES (mezzo-soprano)
TINA BONIFACIO (harp)