On this day: 24 March 1953

On this day in 1953 Ireland’s song ‘When lights go rolling round the sky’ featured in a concert in Leicester’s grand De Montfort Hall, seen left. The programme was not primarily a vocal recital, but rather showcased the Leicester Philharmonic Society  in Mozart’s Requiem, conducted by Leslie Woodgate. Stanley Riley, one of the soloists in the Mozart, sang a small selection of English songs in the first half of the concert. In addition to Ireland he chose items by Arne and Vaughan Williams.

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