Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Welcoming Land...

This has worked better this time. I was never good at uploading videos to Blogger but I seem to have got the gist now. This is The Welcoming Land by Clemence Dane recited by Noël Coward. It is sublime.


  1. Noel Coward had wonderful received pronunciation speech and diction. They say he learned this rather "clipped" style because his mother became deaf and he needed to make himself understood. I love "Let's not be beastly to the Germans", great fun: "Music to excess, two world wars and Dr Rudoph Hess".

  2. I can't understand why this poem is not more widely known. It would have been perfect for inclusion in celebrations of the second world war, rather than the usual marshal music we are used to. These pieces remind us of the resilience of the British people. It slots in beautifully with the song London Pride written by Noel Coward. Well done Noel, see you in heaven.