GEORGE WILLIAMSON (tenor)
PAUL ISSITT (pianoforte)
Born in London, York Bowen studied composition and pianoforte at the Royal Academy of Music. Long ago recognised as a pianist of brilliant attainments, he is also a gifted composer. His own instrument has naturally been generously treated with three concertos and many smaller pieces, but he has done notable work for the orchestra, too.
' The Adventures of Dicky Duck and Pussy Cat'
A story by KITTY MORRIS told by VALERIE LARG
Songs by HORACE PRIESTLEY (tenor)
' Stories from a Gloucestershire
' The Witches' Circle ' by MAY HASE-WELLS
' What Shall We Do ? ' a holiday talk by ESTELLE STEEL-HARPER
Conductor, HARRY HAYES
GRAHAM SQUIERS and EDITH JAMES in an ' Aerbut and Gaertie ' Sketch
In its original form, based on Victor Hugo 's Le Roi s'amuse, Rigoletto was banned by the authorities as being politically dangerous. The wicked king had to become a mere duke, and various other changes, consequent on that, had to be carried out in the text before the opera was allowed to be performed.
It is so universal a favourite that listeners can need but little reminder of the popular airs from it, such as ' Caro Nome' and ' La Donna e mobile', which help to make up a selection.
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