High fliers past and present
Posted: 21 Apr 2017 @ 00:02
Ninety years after Ernest Lough’s famous recording of ‘O, for the wings
of a dove’, Stephen Beet tells the story
ONE Sunday in 1926, Lord Justice Eldon Bankes, chairman of the Temple Church Choir Committee, congratulated the director of music, George Thalben-Ball, on the fine performance at Morning Prayer. Douglas Horton, the soloist in Mendelssohn’s Hear my Prayer, had been rather good, he thought. Ball replied that, if they were allowed to make a gramophone record, Bankes would be able to listen again and again.
At the time, the Temple Church choir was blessed with several fine ...
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