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Concert, 1903 season

Sat 7th Nov 1903. The third concert by the Leeds Municipal Orchestra of 50 performers assisted by the Leeds Musical Union (male voices). Solo vocalist: Mr. Dan Billington (Baritone).Leader of orchestra: Mr. E. Elliot. Conductors: Mr. W. Wallace, Mr. Bernard Johnson, Mr. H.A. Fricker (City Organist).

The concert consisted of : Berlioz, Hungarian March; Weber, Overture Oberon; Wallace, Four Sea Songs, soloists Mr. Dan Billington; Schubert, Unfinished Symphony and Wallace, Part Song for male chorus (conducted by the composer).  An interval of 10 minutes followed and the second half consisted of Rossini Overture William Tell;
Bernard Johnston, Faerie Suite (conducted by the composer); Mendelssohn, Cantata for male voices: 'To the Sons of Art'; Wagner, O Star of Eve (Tannhauser); Saint-Saens, Dance Macabre; Wagner, the Ride of the Valkyries.

Extract from a review in the Bradford Observer on Monday 9th November 1903: 'The ubiquitous fog had even penetrated to the Victoria Hall itself and patiently remained in suspension in a big solid mass up towards the dizzy heights of the coved roof; menacing the throats of the vocalists, and involving the performers as a whole in a somewhat exasperating but undeniably artistic haze'.

A note from the concert programme: 'On Saturday Dec 5th 1903 at 7.30pm, the fourth concert will be orchestral at which will be played for the first time in Leeds the Orchestral Variations on the old familiar air 'Three Blind Mice' by Josef Holbrooke.  Soloist Miss Maud Cowle. Further particulars will be duly announced'.
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Concert Programme, 1903
Concert Programme, 1903
Newspaper cutting, Bradford Observer, November 9th, 1903
Newspaper cutting, Bradford Observer, November 9th, 1903

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