Programme Index

Discover 10,100,220 listings and 230,452 playable programmes from the BBC

Results 1 to 20 of 42 for Cyril Rootham
Filter by channel

Margaret Field-Hyde (soprano)
Clifton Helliwell (accompanist)
The West Wind
Idyll
Sorrow Song
Unwelcome; Over the Hills; Imagination (from Four Dramatic Songs)
No musically-minded undergraduate who was up at Cambridge between the years 1901-38 could have been unfamiliar with the name of Dr. Cyril Rootham. In addition to being a lecturer in music, organist of St. John's College, and conductor of the University Musical Society, Rootham took a keen interest in all musical activities and his advice was sought not only by those who were his pupils. As a teacher his emphasis on purity of style, and his keen advocacy of the Tudor composers and Purcell, had a marked influence. It was he too who conducted the notable series of dramatic performances at Cambridge which included revivals of Purcell's Fairy Queen and King Arthur.
Among Rootham's own compositions are an opera The Two Sisters, produced at Cambridge in 1922, several large-scale choral works, and two symphonies, the second of which was sketched out with the aid of friends shortly before his death in 1938 at the age of sixty-two. His songs, with their imaginative qualities and sensitive feeling for words, represent his individual style at its best. Harold Rutland

Contributors

Soprano:
Margaret Field-Hyde
Accompanist:
Clifton Helliwell

The BBC Orchestra
(Section D)
Leader, Paul Beard
The BBC Women's Chorus
Chorus Master, Leslie Woodgate
Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult
ORCHESTRA
Dances from The Faery Queen
(Purcell)
10.0 CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA
Three Choruses from Achilles in Scyros (words by Robert Bridges) 1 0 daughter of Nereus. 2 Now the glorious sun is set. 3 We live well-ruled
The Golden Time (A Carol for all seasons)
Symphony No. 2
1 Adagio molto ed espressivo. 2 Allegretto e grazioso. 3 Andante moderato
(First performance)
A short article on the Symphony, by Jasper Rootham , son of the composer, will be found on page 13

Contributors

Leader:
Paul Beard
Chorus Master:
Leslie Woodgate
Conductor:
Sir Adrian Boult
Unknown:
Jasper Rootham

Between 1901 and 1938 Cyril Rootham was an inspiring leader of music at Cambridge: as conductor of many memorable performances, as organist and musical director at St John's College, and as a teacher, whose pupils included Arthur Bliss, he exerted a deep and lasting influence. These achievements have unduly obscured his distinction as a composer. His output includes two remarkable symphonies, an opera, chamber music, some fine songs, and many beautiful choral works, chief of which is the notable setting of Milton's Nativity Ode.
TERESA CAHILL (soprano) PHILIP LANGRIDGE (tenor) MICHAEL RIPPON (bass-baritone)
TRINITY BOYS' CHOIR director DAVID SQUIBB
BBC SINGERS, director JOHN POOLE
BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA leader ARTHUR LEAVINS conducted by VERNON HANDLEY

Bliss Ballet Suite: Checkmate

Cyril Rootham Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity, for soloists, chorus, semi-chorus and orchestra.
Chorus trained by Gordon Kember, chorus-master

(Teresa Cahill broadcasts by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden)

Contributors

Soprano:
Teresa Cahill
Tenor:
Philip Langridge
Bass-Baritone:
Michael Rippon
Director:
David Squibb
Director:
John Poole
Leader:
Arthur Leavins
Conducted By:
Vernon Handley
Chorus-Master:
Gordon Kember

Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Steuart Wilson (Tenor)
Arthur Cranmer (Baritone)
The Wireless Chorus
A Semi-Chorus of Boys
The B.B.C. Studio Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Cyril Rootham and Stanford Robinson

Orchestra:
Concerto Grosso, No.26, in D (The Music for the Royal Fireworks) ...... Handel
Overture; Bourree; La Paix (Peace); La Rejouissance (Rejoicing); Minuet I and II
(Conducted by Stanford Robinson)

Isobel Baillie, Steuart Wilson, Arthur Cranmer, Chorus, Semi-Chorus, and Orchestra:
Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity (Poem by John Milton) ...... Rootham
(Conducted by the Composer)

For a good many years Dr. Cyril Rootham has been closely identified with the music of Cambridge. As Organist and Director of the Music at St. John's, conductor of the University Musical Society and University lecturer in music, he has done more than it would be easy to reckon to spread an enlightened enthusiasm for all that is best, both in old and new music.

But besides ail the hard work and activity which these engrossing tasks entail, he has found time to compose a good deal of music of his own, distinguished by a very original outlook and a finely poetic quality of thought. Those who listen to this ode with the poem before them will have no difficulty in following it, and the best guidance which a mere paragraph can offer is to call attention to two principal themes, which appear in varied forms. One is first heard to the words (boys' voices) 'Who shall ascend to the holy place?' along with the solo 'Join thy voice unto the angel quire.' The second appears at the point 'At last surrounds their sight.' Another theme which is heard more than once is a carol from the Isle of Man: the orchestral basses play it first as accompaniment to the choir, as they sing 'It was the winter wild.'

Contributors

Soprano:
Isobel Baillie
Tenor:
Steuart Wilson
Baritone:
Arthur Cranmer
Conductor (Handel):
Stanford Robinson (Handel)
Composer/Conductor (Rootham):
Cyril Rootham

Kenneth Shenton concludes the week's reflections.
5: Cyril Rootham
Dogged by his unfortunate claim that he would be remembered as a greater composer than his contemporary Edward Elgar , Rootham's reputation has crashed. But his symphonies and cantatas were thought brilliant in their day.

Contributors

Unknown:
Kenneth Shenton
Unknown:
Cyril Rootham
Unknown:
Edward Elgar

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Boyce Symphony No 7, In B flat
BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, directed by RONALD THOMAS (Violin) Finzi Dies
Natalis PHILIP LANGRIDGE (tenor)
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by RICHARD HICKOK
Cyril Rootham Symphony No 1. in c minor
LONDON PHILHARMONIC
ORCHESTRA, conducted by VERNON HANDLEY

Contributors

Violin:
Ronald Thomas
Tenor:
Natalis Philip Langridge
Conducted By:
Richard Hickok
Conducted By:
Cyril Rootham
Conducted By:
Vernon Handley

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

MICHAEL RIPPON (bass-baritone) JOSEPHINE MCKIMMIE (piano)
Purcell Ye twice ten hundred deities
Handel Revenge! Timotheus cries
Loewe Archibald Douglas; Die Uhr
Elgar Is she not passing fair?
Cyril Rootham The Ballad of Kingslea Mere
Francis Toye The Inn
Aian Gibbs Five Elizabethan Songs
BBC Manchester

Contributors

Bass-Baritone:
Michael Rippon
Piano:
Josephine McKimmie
Composer:
Cyril Rootham
Composer:
Francis Toye

(Section C)
(Led by Laurance Turner)
Conducted by H. Foster Clark
Franklyn Kelsey(bass)

Orchestra
Overture, The Two Sisters
Cyril Bradley Rootham

Dr. Cyril Rootham, of St. John's College, Cambridge, wrote in 1922 an opera on the subject of the Two Sisters of Dinoire, the famous old Scotch Ballad on a text by Marjorie Fausset. It was performed in Cambridge in the same year. The tune to which the ballad is traditionally sung figures prominently as a theme in the opera. This is the overture which is frequently played as a concert-room piece and is made up in the customary way of themes from the opera.

Contributors

Leader:
Laurance Turner
Conductor:
H. Foster Clark
Bass:
Franklyn Kelsey
Composer:
Dr. Cyril Rootham
Librettist:
Marjorie Fausset

from St David 's
Hall, Cardiff.
BBC National Orchestra of Wales conductor Tadaaki Otaka
Katia and Marielle Labeque
(pianos)
Edison Denisov Peinture
Mozart Concerto in E flat for two pianos (K365)
8.10 Elgar and Binyon
When the poet
Lawrence Binyon chose Cyril Rootham to set his poem For the Fallen, Elgar, who had already expressed his interest, was furious.
Kenneth Shenton traces the course of the ensuing row.
8.30 Elgar Symphony No 1 in A flat

Contributors

Unknown:
St David
Conductor:
Tadaaki Otaka
Pianos:
Edison Denisov Peinture
Unknown:
Lawrence Binyon
Unknown:
Cyril Rootham
Unknown:
Kenneth Shenton

or ' The British Worthy ' by John Dryden Music by Purcell
(Edited by Cyril Rootham and Dennis Arundell )
The Actors:
(Continued in next column)
Narrator, Derek Hart
The Singers:
Margaret Field-Hyde (soprano)
Ena Mitchell (soprano)
Nancy Evans (contralto)
John Kentish (tenor) Trefor Jones (tenor)
Henry Cummings (baritone)
Trevor Anthony (bass) Norman Walker (bass)
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate ) with Boris Ord (harpsichord) New London Orchestra (Leader, Max Salpeter )
Conducted by Constant Lambert
Produced by Maurice Brown
There are two ten-minute intervals
I during the programme

Contributors

Unknown:
John Dryden
Edited By:
Cyril Rootham
Edited By:
Dennis Arundell
Narrator:
Derek Hart
Soprano:
Margaret Field-Hyde
Soprano:
Ena Mitchell
Contralto:
Nancy Evans
Tenor:
John Kentish
Tenor:
Trefor Jones
Baritone:
Henry Cummings
Bass:
Trevor Anthony
Bass:
Norman Walker
Chorus-Master:
Leslie Woodgate
Harpsichord:
Boris Ord
Leader:
Max Salpeter
Conducted By:
Constant Lambert
Produced By:
Maurice Brown
King Arthur:
Ralph Truman
Oswald King of Kent, a Saxon and a Heathen:
John Chandos
Conon Duke of Cornwal, Tributary to King Arthur:
Abraham Sofaer
Merlin, a famous Inchanter:
Felix Felton
Osmond, a Saxon Magician and a Heathen:
Geoffrey Wincott
Aurelius, Friend to Arthur:
Malcolm Graeme
Emmeline, Daughter of Conon:
Hermione Hannen
Matilda her Attendant:
Beatrice Kane
Philidel, an Airy Spirit:
Olive Gregg
Grimbald, an Earthy Spirit:
Richard George

With Stephanie Hughes. Hindemith Ragtime BBC Philharmonic, conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier
10.04 Artist of the Week:
Palladian Ensemble
Bach Trio Sonata in G, BWV525
10.17 Hoist Mercury (The Planets) Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow (pianos)
10.22 Haydn Symphony No 43 in E flat (Mercury)
Tafelmusik, conductor Bruno Weil
10.47 Cyril Rootham The Stolen Child
BBC Northern Singers, Northern Sinfonia Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Richard Hickox
10.55 Ravel Le Tombeau de
Couperin Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)
11.20 Koechlin Seven Stars'
Symphony (4th mvt: Clara Bow et la Joyeuse Californie)
German Symphony Orchestra, conductor James Judd
11.27 Leclalr Overture in G, Op 13 No
Palladian Ensemble
11.44 Blacher Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Vienna Philharmonic, conductor Georg Solti

Contributors

Unknown:
Stephanie Hughes.
Conductor:
Yan Pascal Tortelier
Unknown:
Anthony Goldstone
Pianos:
Caroline Clemmow
Conductor:
Bruno Weil
Conductor:
Cyril Rootham
Conductor:
Richard Hickox
Conductor:
Ravel Le Tombeau De
Piano:
Couperin Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Conductor:
James Judd
Conductor:
Georg Solti