Festival of music

Doncaster Schools Music Festival in the Corn Exchange, sometime in the 1940s.

Doncaster Schools Music Festival in the Corn Exchange, sometime in the 1940s.

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One thing we have discovered over the last few weeks is that ex pupils of Doncaster’s Beechfield School are certainly and quite rightly proud of their place of learning.

Prompted by a recent image we featured of a group of young ladies from the school, Mr. Paul Couldwell of Jossey Lane brought in this splendid image of Beechfield pupils seen taking part in a concert during a Doncaster Schools Music Festival at the Corn Exchange. some time in the 1940s.

The Beechfield youngsters can be seen to the left of the conductor and they are certainly packed together in the hall. In fact the photographer deserves a medal for getting everybody in the shot! But why was this particular picture being taken in the first place, what made this group so special?

One theory is that the conductor is in fact Richard Tauber one of the finest German tenors of that era making a special appearance at the festival and yet another suggestion is that the man with the baton could in fact be Mr. William Appleby who had been made Schools Music Organiser for Doncaster in 1946 and was heavily involved for thirty years with the local music scene. Someone out there will know, that’s for sure.