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Seaside orchestras (Radio 4 Extra, 11am 3rd August)


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« on: July 21, 2021, 12:57:30 pm »

Whatever did happen to seaside orchestras?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/sPf4XrbpyfmC40wvRc452L/whatever-happened-to-seaside-orchestras

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01knsjz

Can't even begin to imagine such enterprises nowadays, amongst the "Kiss [euphemism] me Quick" hats, general detritus, spew-strewn pavements, lobster-coloured heliolatrists and discarded face-masks...



...a selection from The Pirates of Penzance, Four Dances from Edward German's Merrie England, or Coleridge-Taylor's Petite Suite de Concert anyone?

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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2021, 02:20:41 pm »

Well, you know what they say: progress was a wonderful thing, it just went on too long...

Thank you for the links. I see Tom Higgins in his article mentions The Scarborough Spa Orchestra, led by Alick Maclean. I once happened upon this Youtube video of a British Pathé newsreel made in 1932 of Maclean and his orchestra:



The blurb below it says, "Note: According to paperwork, the orchestra is playing a piece called 'Mignon'." It's actually the Overture to Ambroise Thomas's opera, Mignon, of course.

Ah, the Good Old Days!
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2021, 06:17:33 pm »

Well, you know what they say: progress was a wonderful thing, it just went on too long...

Thank you for the links. I see Tom Higgins in his article mentions The Scarborough Spa Orchestra, led by Alick Maclean. I once happened upon this Youtube video of a British Pathé newsreel made in 1932 of Maclean and his orchestra:



The blurb below it says, "Note: According to paperwork, the orchestra is playing a piece called 'Mignon'." It's actually the Overture to Ambroise Thomas's opera, Mignon, of course.

Ah, the Good Old Days!

Lovely footage, thanks Lionel. Is there anything of Dan Godfrey at Bournemouth? Conductors with real enterprise and energy (vide Fiona Palmer's highly recommended study Conductors in Britain 1870-1914: wielding the baton at the height of Empire).

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2021, 06:26:27 pm »

Well, you know what they say: progress was a wonderful thing, it just went on too long...

Thank you for the links. I see Tom Higgins in his article mentions The Scarborough Spa Orchestra, led by Alick Maclean. I once happened upon this Youtube video of a British Pathé newsreel made in 1932 of Maclean and his orchestra:



The blurb below it says, "Note: According to paperwork, the orchestra is playing a piece called 'Mignon'." It's actually the Overture to Ambroise Thomas's opera, Mignon, of course.

Ah, the Good Old Days!

Lovely footage, thanks Lionel. Is there anything of Dan Godfrey at Bournemouth? Conductors with real enterprise and energy (vide Fiona Palmer's highly recommended study Conductors in Britain 1870-1914: wielding the baton at the height of Empire).

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Yes, there is, here:

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/sir-dan-godfrey/query/dan+godfrey

I think you'll enjoy the repertoire too!
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2021, 06:50:59 pm »

Yes, there is, here:

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/sir-dan-godfrey/query/dan+godfrey

I think you'll enjoy the repertoire too!

An unimaginable scene today!

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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2021, 07:13:42 pm »


An unimaginable scene today!

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Indeed so. However, I can't say I regret the ban on smoking in public places!

It was interesting that the British Pathé film editors didn't seem to think that synchronising the music and the pictures was necessarily all that important!  Grin
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