The Music Society reports below have been collected from the wartime issues of The Quintinian, the magazine of the Regent Street Polytechnic Secondary School for Boys.  


The Quintinian, Spring 1942


THIS term marks a raising of the standard of music played at the meetings of the Society. This is largely due to the willingness shown by one or two "outsiders" to play their works. On behalf of the members I should like to thank them, and also Mr. Hough, who kindly gives up his evenings to act as M.C. and explain any technical points that may arise.

          Two performances of Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto and one of Beethoven's famous 5th (Victory) Symphony, supplemented by lesser works from the School records, provided lovers of symphonic music with much pleasure. For the Chopin enthusiast, there was an evening devoted to his pieces. An evening was also given over to ballet music. The rest of the meetings this term consisted of programmes of miscellaneous records.

          Although there is no lack of interest in music in the School (shown by the appreciation of the pieces played at the Sunday morning services), the attendance is, at times, only fairly good, probably because Monday night is unsuitable to many, but, unfortunately, this cannot be altered. However, the enthusiasm shown by the few boys who do come, with that of the Minehead residents they bring, makes the short meetings worth while.

          It is to be hoped there will be a greater number to hear better programmes next term.

H. V. BECK, Secretary.

The Quintinian, Summer 1942


MOST of the works played this term have been of the larger symphonic form, little time being devoted to songs and solo instruments.

          The few works by contemporary composers were received with mixed feelings. An example of this was Symphony No. 2, by Sibelius. Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini" elicited very little enthusiasm, and opinion was divided over his second concerto.

          The works composed in the classical and romantic periods were very popular. An outstanding success was a performance of Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony. Other items included Elgar's "Enigma Variations," Dvorak's "From the New World" Symphony, Liszt's "Hungarian Fantasia," Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll," and Beethoven's Violin Concerto. Before the end of this term it is hoped to present a recording of Faure's Requiem, a work little known in this country.

          In conclusion, I would like to thank Messrs. Hough, Bryant, and Grey for their splendid co-operation in making the meetings successful.

H. V. BECK, Secretary.

The Quintinian, Spring 1945


          At mid-term in November we commenced, with success, a series lunch-time concerts of popular music in the Fyvie Hall. The attendance was particularly good among the younger members of the School, and it was, and is, rather unfortunate that these concerts have to be confined to the Regent Street branch owing to travelling difficulties. The gramophone still functions with fair success despite its journey to and from Minehead, and this term the concerts are held in the noisy atmosphere of Room 32 above Regent Street.

          The number of programmes has had to be cut down fairly severely, owing to the fact that the stock of records belonging to the School have all been played. If, however, boys will bring in their own records we will gladly play them in order to sooth and help digest the School dinner!!



On its detachment from the Regent Street Polytechnic, the School for Boys became the Quintin School and is now the Quintin Kynaston School . The Regent Street Polytechnic became the Polytechnic of Central London and is now the University of Westminster.