Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Acis and Galatea

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    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Makerere Main Hall, Kampala, Uganda

  • Composer

    Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759

  • Conductor

    Cooke, Peter

  • Performers

    Kampala Singers, Occasional Orchestra of Kampala Singers

  • Recordist

    Ingle, Richard

  • Description

    Item note: Possibly part only. Performer's note: Kampala singers - a choral society of mixed race (many Europeans plus Ugandans). Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PC31.A1.

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Claire Ingle, (cellist in the orchestra) and wife of Dick Ingle the recordist have emailed me this information:- "We’ve just listened to the recording of Acis. It’s remarkably good for 41 years ago! Luckily, I have kept a 5 year Diary for the majority of our married life and find on Sunday 24th March 1968 ‘ Kampala Singers: Performance of Handel’s Acis & Galatea in Makerere Main Hall at 3pm. Went very well indeed.’ The previous evening: Acis & Galatea – Performance 8.30pm in Makerere Main Hall. I wonder if this was a Dress Rehearsal? Do you have the names of soloists? Sadly,I don’t as they sound fine from the recording. Though on 13th March: ‘Andrew Keith to tea for a Recorder lesson – also went through part of Damon in Acis. Peter suddenly asked him to do it – only 10 days notice & he doesn’t read music quickly yet!’ (He may have been a T.E.A.) Neil had been to supper March 1st then he and Dick practising “Oh, Ruddier than the Cherry!” (Did you know that Neil is now Warden of Wadham College, Oxford?). Unfortunately, we don’t have a programme at hand." Peter Cooke adds:- The Neil referred to is Neil Chalmers, who played the sopranino recorder part for the arias O ruddier than the Cherry and Hush Ye Pretty Warbling Choirs - he later became Director of the Natural History Museum, London. Other soloists were:- Anne Marie Harrison (USA) soprano - Galatea and Conrad Olive - Polyphemus. Diana Cooke and Dick Mulumba (a Ugandan schoolboy at the time) played oboe. The recording ends after the Aria O Ruddier than the Cherry.

Posted by Peter Cooke, Research Fellow, University of Birmingham on 03/03/2010 12:54:00