by Cuthbert Ford (baritone)
Cuthbert Ford is the leading baritone of the BBC Midland Singers. He is also an actor of merit and has taken part in plays at the Midland Institute, Birmingham. Children's Hour listeners will remember his performance as Captain Higgins in ' Toy Town '.
Leader, Norris Stanley
Conductor, Johan Hock
Domenico Cimarosa , an eighteenth-century Neapolitan composer, secured world-wide fame with his operas. His biggest success was The Secret Marriage, which was first performed in 1792 before Leopold II at Vienna, where Cimarosa was at that time Court Kapellmeister. The music of this opera still retains its freshness and brilliance, which are reflected to the full in the Overture. In style Cimarosa's music, with its inexhaustible flow of simple and charming melodies, has much in common with that of Mozart.
Thomas Dunhill , composer, teacher, and lecturer, was born at Hampstead in 1877. He entered the Royal College of Music, studying the piano under Franklyn Taylor , and composition under Stanford. At the age of twenty he won a scholarship for composition and several of his works were performed at the College concerts. In 1899 he became Assistant Music Master at Eton College and also held a professorship at the R.C.M. In 1905 he left Eton, bu.t has continued ever since to be on the staff of the R.C.M.
His compositions range over practically every form in music, but it is as a miniaturist that he excels -songs, piano pieces, and his shorter chamber and orchestral works.
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