London, W.1.

THE GRAMOPHONE London Office: 58, Frith Street,

Edited by COMPTON MACKENZIE

TELEPHONE: Regent 1383

Vol. III.

JULY, 1925

No.2

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THE

TESTS

AT the moment of going to press there are still a very few of the five hundred t ickets for the Tes ts left, and i f any reader find s at the las t momen t that h e or she can spare the evening of Thursday, July 9th, for gramophone m a t ters, i t is wort h while to' write or telephone to the London 'Office. I t will be a long evening but i t promises to be very interes ting and not intolerably btiguirlD".

The doors will be open at 5.30, but the t es ts will not begin till 6 p.m. The competing machines.a,bout t en of them-will be on the stage, unconcealed by an y curtains or screens. The audience will receive voting ca rd s and will be the sole judges of t he tests. E ach competitor will be given six minutes in which to play any records or parts of re cords that h e chooses-but one must be vocal and the other orches tral-with his own choice of needle.

Following this first t est there will be an interval till 9 p.m., during which there.will be a short con cert a t. which Miss Nlaric Novello, fr esh from her t riwnphs with th e Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris, has promised to play the piano; the Music Society String Quartet will play the Orlando Gibbons Fantasies and Eug-ene Goossens's By the Tam and Jack 0'

Lantern, to which reference was made in the N.G.S. notes las t month; and Miss Helen Henschel and Mr. John Go ss 'will sing some of ┬Ěthe duets and solo s which m ade their recital at the Wigmore Hall on June 11th so memorable an occasion. We must offer our thanks in advance t o all these artists for the readiness with which they have accepted our invitation. I t is overwhelmingly kind of theIn.

The second test will begin ~ t 9 p.m., and the competitor s will play records selected by the Editor. I t is hoped that the proceedings will end at about 10.30 p.m.

Light refres hments will be obtainable in an adjoining room.

The actual names of the competitors are not yet se t t led ; but they r ange from the P et er Pan to the Vo ea,rola , and as the obj ect of the t ests is to decide which i'l the best valu e for money the critical judgment of the audience will be put to the test as rigorously as the machines themselves ! The three medals-gold, silver, and bronze-designed and struck by the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company for Tm:: GRAMOPHONE, will be awarded by the votes-first, second, and third.

Particulars of the GRAMOPHONE CONGRESS are on page 79. B2