Relayed from Redland Park Church, Bristol.
Sir Herbert Brewer (Organ)
Opening Sentences and Prayer
Hymn, 'Lord of all being' (C. H., No. 6)
Scripture Reading and Prayer
Anthem, 'Blessing, Honour, Glory and Power'
Sermon, the Rev. W. Griffith Jenkins
Hymn, 'Praise to the Holiest' (C.H., No. 65)
The Works of Sir Herbert Brewer
Conducted by The Composer
Sir Herbert Brewer's work as Conductor, Organist and Composer is already familiar to listeners. Two years ago was broadcast a part of the Three Choirs Festival at Gloucester, which, as Organist of the Cathedral, he conducted. It is just thirty years since he was appointed to the Cathedral of his native city. He has been giving organ recitals for many years, for elementary school children as well as for adults, and his three-hundredth cathedral recital was broadcast some time ago. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Music by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1905. Sir Herbert's compositions include settings of the Church service and other choral works, some of them written for the Three Choirs and other Festivals, song cycles and a large number of single songs, some of which have become popular, pianoforte and organ pieces, etc.
Sir Herbert Brewer
Magnificat in D
A Biblical Scene for Soprano and Tenor Soloists.
Chorus and Orchestra.
In Luke XXIV we have the story of the Walk to Emmaus. Two disciples, who had been told of Christ's rising from the dead, and who had not believed, walked on that day to Emmaus. 'Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know Him'. The travellers, being asked why they were sad, told their Companion of the events of three days ago-of Jesus's death and burial, and of the fact that His body was no longer in the tomb. They 'trusted that it had been He who should have redeemed Israel', but they could not conceive this end as anything but a tragedy.
'Then He said unto them, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?" And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself'.
That night, when Jesus stayed with them in the village, 'He took bread and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened and they knew Him, and He vanished out of their sight'.
Nunc Dimittis in D
(9.10 Local Announcements)
Autumn is generally considered mournful because of the fall of the leaf, but this season holds harvest-time - the Crown of the Year.
'Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too'.
The Augmented Station Orchestra
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
The First Dance Rhapsody was brought out at the. Hereford Festival of 1909. It is written for a large Orchestra, including the rarely-heard Heckelphone (an improved Bass Oboe).
At the outset, a short Introduction brings forth some of the tunes to be worked upon. Two of these appear successively on Oboe and Flute. Another motif of which use is made is the little dance played by the Horns.
In the next section the time quickens considerably, and a new tune is given out, low down. Violins, in octaves, have another. The treatment of these is free, and charmingly coloured.
After a climax, a slow section ensues, in which a Solo Violin has a beautiful version of the first Tune, accompanied only by Strings.
The last clear division is that in which the very lively pace is resumed. The ending is loud and most energetic.