Conductor, Major S. FAIRFIELD
THE SHEFFIELD ORPHEUS
MALE VOICE QUARTET
(solo comet, HAROLD HALL )
St. Hilda's is one of the most famous and popular Silver bands in the North. Unlike many other bands, it is professional, and as such is constantly on tour during the summer months, with the result that, although it is centred at South Shields and though its conductor and most of the bandsmen are Northerners, its local associations are rather less close than those of some other famous combinations'. The Band has won the Crystal Palace Thousand Guineas Trophy and the World's Championship on five occasions, and has won over £15,000 in prizes. In October of this year it is to play for six weeks at the Empire Exhibition in Johannesburg. The Sheffield Orpheus Male Voice Quartet has also gained a more than local reputation. It has twice appeared at Buckingham Palace by Royal Command, and has won some forty of the fifty-six competitions it has entered. The director and second tenor is T. H. Ratcliffe , who toured the world in 191 1 with Sir Henry Coward.
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