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7.45 Gwyl Dewi Sant
A Programme in Honour of St. David
National Orchestra of Wales
(Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
Leader, Albert Voorsanger
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

Among those who helped Holbrooke with encouragement and understanding, was the poet T.E. Ellis, whose great work, 'The Cauldron of Anwn,' Holbrooke was anxious to compose as an operatic trilogy; the project gradually took shape and was carried to successful completion. The subject, taken from the old Welsh mythology, is one in which Holbrooke's romantic temperament found full scope, and the music is vivid and forceful, in keeping with the tragic passionate story. The first opera in the trilogy was played in Hammersteins' ill-fated London Opera House in 1912, Nikisch and Holbrooke himself conducting alternately. Its name is The Children of Don. The second, Dylan, appeared at Drury Lane in 1915 under Sir Thomas Beecham's direction. Bronwen, the third opera of the series has not yet been heard.
Its Prelude is a big and impressive tone poem in which there are three important themes, of which the last is a very old and well-beloved Welsh folk song.

Watcyn Watcyns (Baritone)


National Orchestra of Wales
Orchestra leader:
Albert Voorsanger
Warwick Braithwaite
Watcyn Watcyns

Speeches at the St. David's Day Banquet
Relayed from the City Hall
Relayed to Daventry Experimental
Reading of Greetings from and to other Welsh Societies
Principal Thomas Phillips, D.D., proposing the toast 'Dewi Sant' (Saint David)
Annie Davies (Soprano)
Ysbryd Y Mynydd (The Spirit of the Mountain)
The President, The Rev. H.M. Hughes, O.B.E., B.A., D.D., proposing the toast
'Ein Gwestai' (Our Guest), and the response by The Very Rev. Dean Inge, C.V.O., D.D., F.B.A.
Rhys Davies (Baritone)
Yr Ornest (The Combat)
The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Alderman W.R. Williams, J.P., proposing the toast
'Cymru Heddyw a Fory' (Wales To-day and To-morrow) and the response by Professor Joseph Jones, M.A., B.D. (Brecon)


Proposer (Dewi Sant):
Principal Thomas Phillips
Annie Davies
Proposer (Ein Gwestai):
The Rev. H.M. Hughes
Responder (Ein Gwestai):
The Very Rev. Dean Inge
Rhys Davies
Proposer (Cymru Heddyw a Fory):
Alderman W.R. Williams
Responder (Cymru Heddyw a Fory):
Professor Joseph Jones

France: The English Camp
Many Welsh soldiers followed Henry V to France and fought at Agincourt. David Gam, who had attended Glyndwr's Parliament at Machynlleth with the object of killing him, and had been for many years imprisoned by Glyndwr, was one of them. He it was who made the memorable reply to Henry V when returning from a survey of the great French army before the battle: "There are enough to kill, enough to take prisoners and enough to run away". He is said to have been knighted on the field while dying and to be, moreover, the original of Shakespeare's Fluellin.


Richard Barron
Jack Parkin
Donald Davies

5WA Cardiff

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