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PUBLISHED: 10:32 09 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:33 06 July 2010

On Wednesday, September 30, Norman Castleton presented a programme called myths and legends. It began with the preludes to Acts 1 and 3 from Lohengrin, a character from Germanic Arthurian Legend, by Richard Wagner.

On Wednesday, September 30, Norman Castleton presented a programme called myths and legends. It began with the preludes to Acts 1 and 3 from Lohengrin, a character from Germanic Arthurian Legend, by Richard Wagner. The Legend for piano and orchestra by John Ireland was an atmospheric portrait of the ancient settlements around Harrow Hill, Sussex and in particular, the Legend of the White Innocents. Eric Parkin was the soloist accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Bryden Thomson. The tone poem In The Faery Hills by Sir Arnold Bax captured the atmosphere and mystery surrounding the Hidden Fairy People of Ireland. It was performed by the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Bryden Thomson. The Suite from Arthur by Sir Edward Elgar depicted scenes from King Arthur's life ending in his final battle and death on the Isle of Avalon. This was performed by the Bournemouth Sinfonietta conducted by George Hurst. Claude Debussy's orchestral nocturne The Sirens featured their seductive singing which enchanted and lured unwary mariners onto rocky shores. It was performed by the MDR Radio Choir Leipzig and the Orchestra National de Lyon conducted by Jun Mãrkl. The programme came to a rousing conclusion with the Russian legendary figure Ilya Muromets at the Court of Vladimir the Mighty Sun by Reinhold Glière.

On Wednesday, October 14, Hugh Palmer will present a programme called There's A Song In the Air in the upper room of the United Reformed Church at 7.30pm. Web-site www.thefrms.co.uk/lowesft.htm


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