Benjamin Britten et al. in London - 16 June, 1933

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, pages 142-143:

After dinner I go with Grace (her tickets) to R.C.M. to see Vaughan William's Hugh the Drover.* It needs a larger stage, of course - even so the First Act was very exciting & the rest was a dreadful anticlimax. V.W. has shown in places apt use of chorus, in others dreadful disregard of natural movements. The music was full of folk-song. (if you like that sort of think) - it was best so - when not (as between Scenes in Act II), it was dreadful. Mona Benson (excellent) & Trefor Jones & Mable Ritchie (good towards end) Leyland White - v. good. 

cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 142-143. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1437211102684 accessed: 17 October, 2021

location of experience: London

Listeners

Benjamin Britten
Composer
1913-1976
Grace Williams
Schoolmistress, Composer
1906-1977

Listening to

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Hugh the Drover, or, Love in the Stocks
written by Ralph Vaughan Williams
performed by Leyland White, Mabel Ritchie, Mona Benson, Trefor Jones

Experience Information

Date/Time 16 June, 1933
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

* Vaughan Williams Hugh the Drover, or, Love in the Stocks (1911-14), ballad folk-opera in two acts with a libretto by Harold Child.


Originally submitted by gkw on Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:18:22 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:10:55 +0100