• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Sunday Orchestral Concerts


We have produced a Style Guide to help editors follow a standard format when editing a listing. If you are unsure how best to edit this programme please take a moment to read it.
Sixth Season-i5
't (Section B)
(First Performance in England)
Albert Roussel, born at Tourcoing in 1869, was educated at Tourcoing Naval College. In 1894 Roussel left the Navy and decided to devote himself to music. He went to Paris and studied under Gigout, and two years later became one of Vincent d'lndy's first pupils at the newly formed Schola Cantorum where he was appointed a professor in 1902, and in 1904 he wrote his first symphony, ' Le Poeme de la foret '.
During the war Roussel served with the Red Cross on the Marne, and then with the motor transport at Verdun and on the Somme. In 1918 he went to live quietly in Brittany where he wrote an opera, Padmavati, which was produced at the Paris Opera in 1923. Since that time a number of important works have come from his pen, including three more symphonies.
' As a composer', says Grove,
' Roussel possesses almost every quality but that of spontaneous invention: his work is fastidious and distinctive, full of colour, poetry, and decorative refinement, but seldom inspired in a purely musical sense. He conjures up images which appeal by their delicacy and individuality to the hearer's aesthetic perception rather than to his ear. Roussel is an artist first and a musician afterwards.
Roussel's later works, however, show a leaning towards the new developments of neo-classicism, particularly of the work of Stravinsky and Prokofiev, whose influence is to some extent discernible in his Symphony No. 3, in G minor. But, unlike most of the adherents of neo-classicism Roussel does not scorn lyrical utterance.


Leader: Arthur Catterall
Conductor: Adrian Boult

Tell us more or contact us

Do you know something about this programme that we have not included above?
Or would you like to ask the Genome team a question?

Tell us more or contact us

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

Feedback about Sunday Orchestral Concerts, Regional Programme London, 21.20, 9 February 1936
Please leave this link here so we can find the programme you're referring to: http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/78a4a96f37ea4185bf30825646594537

Welcome to BBC Genome

Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
Continue Cancel