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Series

Series Name
Mining Review 12th Year

Issue

Issue No.
9
Date Released
May 1959
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1NOT SO DUSTY
  2. 2TRIO
  3. 3SHAFT STUDY

Story

Story No. within this Issue
2 / 3
Summary
BFI synopsis: miner’s son David Whiston plays some traditional tunes on a violin.
NCB Commentary - Through the magic of the cinema - one man plays three musical instruments; he’s David Whiston, a 17 year old miner’s son from South Emsall. It was his violin playing which took him to London on a County Council Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music.
David was taught to play by his father who for 28 years has been an underground pump-man at Upton Colliery.
David’s youngest brother, 6 year old John Paul is not yet a proficient player but he obviously has a well developed sense of musical appreciation.
Whiston Senior taught himself to play when he was 30. He used his knowledge to such good effect that his elder son has already been a guest soloist at Municipal Concerts in Huddersfield.
On his rare visits home, David likes nothing better than to entertain the old folks with a traditional tune of two.
At only 17, David is at the threshold of a fine musical career - and i all goes back to the time when father taught himself to play.
Researcher Comments
Commentary recorded 31st March 1959.
Keywords
Music and dance; Mining
Written sources
British Film Institute Databases   Used for synopsis
Film User   Vol.13 No.157 November 1959, p585.
The National Archives COAL 32   /12 Scripts for Mining Review, 1956-1960
Credits:
Production Co.
Documentary Technicians Alliance
Sponsor
National Coal Board

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