A Black Country Miscellany including a relay from The Primitive Methodist Chapel, Upper Ettingshall
The programme arranged by H. W. Small and produced by Owen Reed.
A feature of this Black Country programme is to be the playing of an ophicleide. This wind instrument is now regarded as obsolete. Black Country melodists of the last century loved to write parts for it. The ophicleide originated about 1810. in the application of keys to that famous seventeenth-century wind instrument, the Serpent. Joseph Kirkland, of Bilston, who is to play it, is self-taught, there being no teachers left. It is longer than a trombone and is played vertically with a mouthpiece near the centre. Some of the stops are as large as a five-shilling piece.
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