Directed by JOHN BRIDGE
(From North Regional)
At THE ORGAN of THE BEAUFORT
From WASHWOOD HEATH,
Directed by JOSEPH MUSCANT
From THE COMMODORE THEATRE, HAMMERSMITH
At THE ORGAN OF THE REGAL,
Mr. GERALD HEARD
By CHRISTOPHER STONE
Conductor, JAN HURST
Relayed from TiiE Aquarium, BRIGHTON
THE play of Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus, was by Madamo von Chezy, remembered also as the authoress of the libretto of Weber's opera, Euryanthe. Her son, who was one of Schubert's friends, has left it on rocoid that all the music for the play--eleven separate numbers -was completed in five days, and that the only orchestral rehearsal lasted less than two hours. None the less, the reception given to the music on the production of the play was so cordial that the Overture had to be twice repeated. At the end of the play Schubert himself had to appear and make his acknowledgments. Bat the play itself was such poor stuff that even Schubert's music could not keep it alive, and the music was put aside and lost for many years. As English people are proud to remember, it was re-discovered and given back to a grateful world by Sir George Grove and Sir Arthur Sullivan , who made the journey to Vienna in 1867 specially to look for it and other buried treasures.
SMETANA, although overshadowed by his former pupil Dvorak, was none the less the first Bohemian to raise the music of his native country to a distinguished place in the world's art. Outside the confines of its own land, Czech music was known little, if at all, before his day, though the national melodies had more than once found their way into the music of the great masters-the' Emperor's Hymn ' of Haydn being a notable example.
In 1866 Smetana was appointed Director of the National Theatre in Prague, and in the same year produced the opera which has remained his most famous work-Die Verkaufte Braut. It is a really comic opera, text and music alike being pervaded by the true comedy spirit, and when adequately presented, never fails to achieve the success it deserves as one of the best of all modern works in its own class.
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL NEWS
The Cast will include:
LADY TREE, O.B.E. ; HAROLD KIMBERLEY ; ERNEST SEFTON ; NANCIE LOVAT ;
THE REVUE CHORUS and THE B.B.C. THEATRE
ORCHESTRA, conducted by the COMPOSER
The play produced by BERTRAM FRYER
Not a Serious Review
By ASHLEY STERNE
AMBROSE and his ORCHESTRA, from THE MAY