I sang this in sophomore year 1972 at the U of Minnesota, Kurt Adler conducting. My affection for the works of Delius started around this time.
Well. To discover that the man who wrote the silliest school song ever (“St Trinian’s, St Trinian’s, our battle cry, St Trinian’s, St Trinian’s will never die“) also wrote a nice traditional big-movie-sound score for a film I vividly remember watching on TV with my mom (music starts at 2:00). Cheesy script, cheesy sentiments, and Gladys Aylward never forgave the filmmakers for portraying her true love, Colonel Lin, as a white man, but the ending made me cry and it’s got Ingrid Bergman plus a hundred kids who kinda looked like me.
(The English St Trinian’s series of movies continues to be a personal giggle for me ever since I first saw them on TV when I was 12 or so…)
Update 4 April 2017: A sympathetic correspondent tells me that an “Inn of the Sixth Happiness Suite” exists, here played by the Royal Academy. Again I’m getting all weepy.