Leader, Alfred Barker
Conducted by H. Foster Clark
Elgar's ' Enigma ' Variations are dedicated ' To my friends pictured within ', and each of the Variations is preceded by the initials or the nickname of the friend ' pictured '. 1. C.A.E. represents Lady Elgar. 2. H.D.S.-P., H. D. Steuart-Powell , an amateur pianist. 3. R.B.T., Richard Baxter Townshend , an amateur actor with a deep voice. 4. W.M.B., William Meath Baker , an energetic and rather blustering, old-fashioned Gloucestershire squire. 5. R.P.A., Richard P. Arnold , the son of Matthew Arnold , a dreamer, but a witty and whimsical conversationalist. 6 ' Ysobel Miss Isabel Fitton, of Malvern, an amateur viola player and a member of the Worcestershire Orchestral Society. 7. ' Troyte ', Arthur Troyte Griffith , a Malvern .architect, with whom Elgar often walked and debated on a variety of subjects. 8. W.N., Miss Winifred Norbury , of Worcester, who appealed to Elgar as a fine example of old-world courtesy. 9. 'Nimrod', August Jaeger. 10. 'Dorabella ', Miss Penny, whose speaking voice was enhanced by a quaint hesitation. 11. G.R.S., George Robertson Sinclair , organist of Hereford Cathedral, whose bulldog is depicted in this Variation rushing down a bank into the Wye and swimming against the stream. 12. B.G.N. represents the initials of Basil Nevinson , a cellist. 13. ' Romanza ', with its quotation from Mendelssohn's ' Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage', refers to Lady Mary Trefusis , who was at that time on a sea voyage. 14. E.D.U. is a paraphrase of the initials of Lady Elgar's abbreviation of her husband's name.
by The Hirsch String Quartet:
Leonard Hirsch (first violin) ; Reginald Stead
; Sydney Errington (viola) ; Leonard Baker
This is the seventh of a series of recitals of light chamber music specially chosen for its melodies and designed to appeal to those who find chamber music difficult to appreciate
A Speech by Sir Francis Joseph ,
K.B.E. at the ninety-eighth annual meeting of the Union of Lancashire and' Cheshire Institutes held in the Public Halls, Blackburn
(An electrical recording of parts of the speech given during this morning's meeting)
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