Richard Temple Savage in The Old Vic - in the middle of the 1930's

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 27:

The first show was Shaw's "Saint Joan" with music composed by Herbert Menges who did most of the West End theatre music at that time. The conductor was Arliss Marriott who also played the flute and had apparently invented a plan for a sort of computerized flute where everything would be electronically controlled! Besides flute and clarinet the band consisted of violin (John Stratton) bassoon, (Cecil James) trombone, (Morris Smith) possible a cello and a trumpet for fanfares. The Saint Joan was Helen Hayes, Cecil Trouncer the Grand Inquisitor - I shall never forget his wonderful voice in that …   more >>
cite as

Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 27. accessed: 20 May, 2024

location of experience: The Old Vic


Richard Temple Savage
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Listening to

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incidental music to Shaw's 'Saint Joan'
written by Herbert Menges
performed by Richard Temple Savage, Arliss Marriott, George Stratton, Morris Smith, other unspecified instrumentalists, Cecil James

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of the 1930's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public


The odd use of commas in the original in transcribed exactly here. Handwritten pencil annotations in the RCM's copy of this book suggest that the violinist was actually George Stratton.

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:36:07 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:18:58 +0000