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: The Children's Hour

(Regional Programme)

: THE FIRST NEWS

ncluding Weather Forecast and Bulletin for Farmers, followed by Midland Announcements and Midland Sports Bulletin

: Handel's 'Messiah'

ELSIE SUDDABY
GLADYS PALMER
PARRY JONES
WILLIAM PARSONS
THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM
CHOIR and THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM
ORCHESTRA
Leader, ALFRED CAVE
Conducted by G. D. CUNNINGHAM
Relayed from
The Town Hall, Birmingham
When Handel set himself in the autumn of 1741, at the age of fifty-six, to compose Messiah, he was under a cloud of misfortune and bitter disappointment which would have overwhelmed any but the stoutest spirit. He was in anything but good health; his eyesight was beginning to fail him and he was almost penniless.
He shut himself in his house (he was living at Brook Street), and, seeing no one, hardly stopping even to touch the food that his faithful man brought to his room, he set himself to the composition of Messiah with such wholehearted zeal that the work was completed in little more than three weeks. But he had no prospect of an immediate performance of it and it was simply laid aside for the time being.
In November of the same year, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the Duke of Devonshire, and the presidents of three big charitable societies invited him to Dublin to organise concerts of his own music on behalf of the charities they had at heart. One was the provision of food for prisoners. It was at one of these concerts that Messiah had its first performance in April 1742. The singers also went over from this country, Mrs. Cibber, the actress, being the contralto. The oratorio had a magnificent success, and it was repeated in the following June.

Contributors

Unknown: Elsie Suddaby
Unknown: Gladys Palmer
Unknown: Parry Jones
Unknown: William Parsons
Leader: Alfred Cave
Conducted By: G. D. Cunningham

: ' During the Interval'

WILFRID ROOKE-LEY will discuss the Music of Handel

Contributors

Unknown: Wilfrid Rooke-Ley

: NEWS SUMMARY

Weather Forecast and News

: DANCE MUSIC

(Regional Programme. See page 84)








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