(Leader, ALFRED CAVE)
Conducted by LESLIE HEWARD
Frederick Smetana was, like all natives ot Bohemia, an intense patriot and lover of the natural beauties of his country. He wrote a series of six symphonic poems in praise of Bohemia, entitled ' My Country '. The one now to be performed is the first, and its title refers to the River Vltava (or Moldau), Bohemia's most important waterway. The music pictures the course of the river from its rise in a forest spring, and its course through the meadows, past the towns, towards the sea. It is obviously the simplest kind of programme music, made up of folk-tunes and lilting melodies, but surely all the more fascinating for its entire freedom from literary complications.
WALTER PITCHFORD : Coincidences '
Mr. Pitchford is going to confine himself to coincidences which arc within his own experience and have local interest. He is a well-known broadcaster, and writes for radio ; his latest services to Midland Regional were as narrator in the ' Choir and Cloister' series.
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