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Opening Ceremony (Musical Programme)

Volume 480: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1950

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asked the Lord President of the Council whether it is intended that there should be a concert in the new Concert Hall in connection with the Festival of Britain on the evening of the opening day, 3rd May, 1951.

I have been asked to reply. Yes, Sir. A programme of British music will be performed under the direction of leading British conductors by a full chorus and orchestra specially formed to be as representative as possible of the leading London choral and orchestral organisations. Their Majesties have graciously intimated their intention to be present.

Would the right hon. Gentleman not consider it appropriate that at this concert there should be a revived performance of the "Ode in honour of Great Britain" from the masque "King Alfred," composed by Dr. Arne for another great celebration in the 18th century?