Ford, Ernest: Mr Jericho. Rental
Two full scores (conductor and producer), one vocal score
(producer), and instrumental material
Duration: c.36 minutes
For soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone and bass soloists, with two flutes (one doubling piccolo), oboe, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two cornets, two trombones, timpani, percussion (one player) and strings
Ernest Ford’s Mr Jericho is another example of the one-act operettas performed at the Savoy Theatre. (See also François Cellier’s Captain Billy.) Mr Jericho (1893) is a witty and entertaining social comedy featuring characters such as the Earl of Margate, who is now reduced to living in a cottage and doing his own gardening, his son, Viscount Ramsgate, working as a bus driver, and the eponymous hero, manufacturer of the world-famous Jericho’s Jams.