The first concert of the Salisbury Orchestral Society, conducted by Dr. Alcock, took place on May 8th. Mr. Walter Hyde was the vocalist, and delighted his audience by his rendering of “Sweet Evenings” and “Life and Death,” by Coleridge-Taylor, and “Oh, where has fled?” by Tchaikovsky. The audience showed their appreciation of his singing by encoring him several times. As his last item he sang Kipling’s “Oh, Mother Mine,” which he had a short time before sung to the men at the Front.
The orchestra played Lady Radnor’s Suite by Sir Hubert Parry, with great decision, and the delicate passages with exquisite lightness, the Gigue being particularly popular. It held a special interest for a few of us who had played it before in the school orchestra under Miss Harding. Among other items, the Brandenburg Concerto was greatly appreciated, as it is not often played now.
It is impossible to describe the conducting and accompanying of so great an artist as Dr. Alcock. His control over the movements of each player was such that the orchestra responded like one man to his slightest suggestion.
We came away feeling that it had been our privilege to hear a masterly rendering of the works of great musicians.
P. WOOD (Upper Special VI).