Led by LAURANCE TURNER
Conducted by CLARENCE RAYBOULD
NORMAN WALKER (bass)
' Le Rouet d'Omphale ' is a beautiful piece of tone painting based on the legend of Hercules enslaved by the Lydian queen. But the composer warns us not to take its programme too literally, since the subject is meant primarily to illustrate the seductiveness of woman and the struggle between weakness and strength.
A French critic has described the music in detail as follows: 'An arpeggio figure, alternating between the flute and the violins, soon leads to an orchestral illustration of the whirr of the wheel..... A broad melody in the basses, repeated in the different melodic progressions, the instrumentation becoming each time more powerful and highly coloured, expresses the anguish of the hero, who cannot free himself from the wiles of Omphale, and the same phrase in another rhythm becomes the lively derision which the coquettish queen expends upon her lover's fruitless efforts to get free.'
Mendelssohn's overture, otherwise known as ' Fingal's Cave', was inspired by a visit paid by the composer to Scotland in 1829. This very beautiful work has well been described as a seascape, and it certainly suggests the surge of the sea in all its power and ruggedness. As a piece of musical construction it is perfect in form, and the orchestration shows the hand of a delicate and masterly colourist.
Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY
Conductor, STANFORD ROBINSON
ALBERT HARRIS (guitar)
Order of Service
Hymn, As with gladness men of old
(A. and M. 79 ; S.P. 83)
Thanksgivings Psalm viii
Hymn, My God, my Father, make me strong (S.P. 583)
Address by the Rev. PAT McCormick ,
Hymn, Hail to the Lord's Anointed
(A. and M. 219; S.P. 87)
An Appeal on behalf of the COMMITTEES FOR RESCUE WORK AMONG CHILDREN, by Dame RACHEL CROWDY
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged, and should be addressed to Committees for Rescue Work Among Children, [address removed]
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The BBC Director of Religion introduces this new series in an article on page 3
MEGAN FOSTER (soprano)
LUCILLE WALLACE (harpsichord)
Since Lucille Wallace 's broadcast of Handel's harpsichord music in the ' Foundations ' early last year, she has been very busy on the Continent : three recitals for the Bach Festival at The Hague, recitals in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris and appearances before the microphone in Holland and Vienna. After her present broadcast recital Miss Wallace is returning to Vienna to give a special programme of English music for the Vienna Bach Club and Madrigal Society. Later on Miss Wallace will go to Paris, where she has been engaged by the Cercle Interallié, a very exclusive musical club. She will play a new harpsichord concerto specially written for the occasion.
At the age of fourteen Herbert Hughes was organist at St. Peter's Church, Belfast, and a few years later he came to London to study at the Royal College of Music. As a musician his name has been closely associated with Irish folk music, of which he has made numerous fine arrangements.
THE B B C CHORUS
(Chorus Master, LESLIE WOODGATE )
JOHN WILLS (organ)
Conducted by ZOLTAN KODALY
Chorus and Organ
The Angels and the Shepherds
Chorus a capella
Jesus and the Merchants
An article on this programme, by Scott Goddard , will be found on page 12