"Flat out" and "Hold till blown" are among the unusual directions a section of the MADRIGAL GROUP have to observe in DERYCK COOKE'S CANZONET 'CLOSING TIME', whose words were gathered "by intensive research in the localities where they are traditionally to be heard". It is an item in a light-hearted group with PITFIELD'S "RANT" for voices, piano and percussion, and a Spiritual ''ROCK MY SOUL" which the Gentlemen Prefects sing with Guitar, Tambourine and Double Bass. The full Madrigal Group earlier present a Madrigal, an Ayre and a Chanson.
The works for CHOIR with ORCHESTRA are HAYDN'S TE DEUM in C, a piece of great vigour and tuneful freshness, and PARRY'S setting of Milton's Ode "BLEST PAIR OF SIRENS", which builds to a tremendous climax. The seventy-strong ORCHESTRA'S own items are three movements of BRITTEN'S SOIREES MUSICALES and HOLST'S stirring MARCH from the SUITE in E FLAT.
Nobody who heard J. CRAWFORD'S outstanding violin solo last year will want to miss, this year, his playing of part of BACH'S G MINOR SONATA FOR VIOLIN. He also joins L. M. JENKINS, with DR. ROGER BULLIVANT at the Harpsichord and D. R. D. CLARKE ('cello), in a HANDEL SONATA for TWO VIOLINS. A small group of strings (with Harpsichord) supports A. S. JACKSON in a GUITAR CONCERTO by VIVALDI, and I. C. A. F. ROBINSON in WALTER LEIGH'S PIANO CONCERTINO — a most attractive work in a more modern idiom. The Clarinet is prominent this year in a TRIO by SERINI (I. P. LUSIS, J. COWLEY and J. L. WRAGG) and in a solo by a Latvian (or should it be Lettish?) composer played by I. P. LUSIS (himself a Lett). All these musicians have played in our programmes before. An unusual event is the appearance of a First Year boy, P. WEBSTER, who will play the top (and more difficult) part of a DUET FOR ORGAN by SAMUEL WESLEY, which is no beginner's piece but a vigorous and complicated fugue.
Our programme ends in the manner of the last night of the Proms. with SIR HENRY WOOD'S FANTASIA on BRITISH SEA SONGS, and we hope our patrons will provide a rousing close by joining in 'Rule Britannia' in the traditional manner.