Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School
The School Musical Concert 1946
The Moon (Purcell)
Cantata No. 207 (Bach)
The 1946 concert was the sixth in the series instigated in 1941 by G.P. Ambrose, P.E. Phillips and T.R. James. They continued in the original format until the mid-1960s. The main musical works in 1946 were Purcell’s ‘The Moon’, and J.S. Bach’s ‘Cantata No. 207’. The conductor was Mr P.E. Phillips, and the soloists Ena Mitchell (Soprano) and William Parsons (Bass). The accompanist was Miss Annie Webber.
In the orchestra was Leonard James from Cwmaman who at this time was a pupil at the school. He left in 1947 for the Royal School of Music in London. In 1962, he was appointed executant tutor at UCW Aberystwyth. More details of Mr James’ career can be found in a short article from the Aberdare Leader of October 6th, 1962, click here to see it. Leonard James was born in 1930 and died in 1994.
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(Reproduced with permission of Rhondda Cynon Tâf Library Service & School Archives)