Jack Brymer - the 1940's

from Allegro Non Troppo ('You Can't Get There in a Hurry'), pages 30-31:

I was now a PT/Music/English instructor in RAF, because all my spare time was spent in leisure activities which either involved talking about, or playing, music. There was jazz, a lot of it, played with some of the finest of the young players of the day who were 'passing through' at the time - people like Kenny Baker on trumpet and Ray Ellington on drums. There was chamber music, with the odd fiddler from a famous orchestra or quartet now in uniform: Leslie Hatfield from the LSO, Harvey Philips the well-known cellist, and on a course at Uxbridge the famous Griller Quartet, now all in RAF blue …   more >>
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Jack Brymer, Allegro Non Troppo ('You Can't Get There in a Hurry'). In Jack Brymer, In the Orchestra (London, 1987), p. 30-31. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1395327324121 accessed: 13 June, 2024


Jack Brymer
Schoolteacher, Clarinetist, Musician

Listening to

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jazz performed by Kenny Baker (trumpeter), Ray Ellington
unspecified chamber music
written by Edmund Rubbra
performed by Griller Quartet, Harvey Philips, Leslie Hatfield
unspecified string music performed by Boyd Neel Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public


ENSA, the Entertainments National Service Association was an organisation set up in 1939 by Basil Dean and Leslie Henson to provide entertainment for British armed forces personnel during World War II. ENSA operated as part of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes. It was superseded by Combined Services Entertainment (CSE) which now operates as part of the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC). From Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entertainments_National_Service_Association, accessed 21 December 2014.

Originally submitted by iepearson on Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:55:24 +0000