Peter T. Cork (1926-2012) teacher, composer, author, walker, friend ...

'And Could It Be?'

This romantic number is sung by Lady Barbara Worth in Act II Scene 1 of "Half-way up the Mountain". Barbara has just spoken an aside on stage after a meeting with Eric Caruthers, the boy friend of Eileen Aitkins one of the Stepney Girls,

"So pointless! These Stepney Girls really have something to live for. Why can't I know a happiness like theirs? The whole world is at my feet but I don't want it! Lucky Eileen Aitkins with a man like Eric Caruthers, to love and marry!"

  "Half-way up the Mountain" or "The Five Talismen" is a Musical Story of a quest in the Silver Jubilee Year of 1935 by Peter Cork.

It was performed by the pupils and staff of Clapham County School in July 1976.

The discovery of a concert programme and a reel-to-reel monophonic tape recording of 'A Concert of Music by Peter Cork', given at Walsingham School on Friday, 15th July 1977 at 7:30pm, provides us with an opportunity to listen to Peter Cork introducing both Maureen Russell and that romantic number.

Maureen Russell, as Lady Barbara Worth, sings 'And Could It Be?'

Peter Cork plays the piano accompaniement with the string section of Walsingham School Orchestra.
  Just click on the appropriate triangular 'play symbol' to hear each of the recordings.

Introduction by Peter Cork

And Could It Be?

editor: Peter J. Cosker Peter T. Cork updated: 10/11/2015