By JAMES ELROY FLECKER (For Cast, see next column)
Address by the Ilev. , JAMES BLACK D.D. S.B. from Edinburgh
rung by the Middlesex County
Association and London Diocesan Guild of Change-Ringers, conducted by WILLlAM PYE
relayed from St. Mary-le-Bow
from the Studio
Hvmn, ' Praise to the Holiest in the Height'
(A. and M... 172) DR. MANSBRIDGE is one of the leaders of the modern movement for Adult Education. a movement that has done such valuable work, both in making up to middle-aged men and women for the educational advantages of which they were deprived in youth owing to the necessity of entering all too early into the economic arena, and in ensuring that the youth of to-day shall not in like manner lose the benefit of the modern system of elementary and secondary education by having no facilities for continuing their progress after they pass beyond the school age. He founded the Workers' Educational Association in England and in Australia, and was its first Secretary ; he is Chairman of the World Association for Adult Education, the Central Library for British Students, the Seafarers' Education Service, and several other bodies doing similar work, and lie is the author of two challenging books on different aspects of the education question-' An Adventure in Working Class Education ' and ' The Older Universities of England.'
The Sunshine Guild. Appeal by Miss MARIAN FINDLAY
THE avowed objects of the Sunshine Guild are
' to help those who cannot help themselves, and to increase the sum of human happiness by sending the warm rays of kindly deeds into the lives of suffering humanity everywhere,' and its motto is ' Now ! ' It works amongst poor children and amongst the lonely and suffering of all ages in every part of the world. For sixteen years it has maintained a Sunshine Home for. Convalescent Children -at Felpham. Bognor; every winter it holds a Christmas Festival, at which 1,000 poor London children are provided with tea and entertainment, and presents of toys and clothing ; and every summer it takes from 600 to 700 children from the slums of London for a day in the country. Miss Marian Findlay , who makes the appeal to-day, is the founder and conductor of the Guild.
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MAURICE COLE (Solo Pianoforte)
THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducted by PERCY PITT
Overture, ' Ruy Blas '
"MENDELSSOHN was asked to write an Over" turo for Victor Hugo 's play, Ruy Blas.
He heartily disliked the work, and put off writing the Overture, but finally made up his mind to do it, less than a week before the play was to be produced, and finished the music in less than three days.
In the slow Introduction phrases in the Woodwind (with Brass) and Strings alternate, the latter hinting at the First Main Tune of the very quick Overture proper, which soon dashes off. This may reasonably be taken as a suggestion of the bold, fiery character of the hero of the drama. The solemn Woodwind-and-Brass phrase breaks in again, and then the Second Main Tune enters. starting with soft, detached notes for the Strings. A firm, boldly-marked Third Tune is also hoard. On these motifs the Overture is built, the Third Tune being used for the brilliant Coda that ends the Overture.
Two ' Songs Without Words,' transcribed for
Orchestra : Spring Song ; The Bees' Wedding
Second Pianoforte Concerto (in D Minor), Op. 40
(Allegro Appassionato ; Adagio-Molto Sostenuto ; Finale-Presto Scherzando)
WHEN this Concerto was first performed at the Birmingham Festival in 1827, Mendelssohn played the solo part, and he also conducted the performance of his Oratorio St. Paul, which had only once before been given in this country. In the Concerto he has followed a plan he several times adopted-that of letting the Movements pass into one another without break. The First of the three (quick, impassioned) flows into the Second (slow) Movement, and though there is a pause after this, the Finale (very quick and agitated) is meant to follow straight upon its heels.
Incidental Music to ' A Midsummer Night's
Dream ' : Overture ; Nocturne ; Scherzo ; Wedding March
WHEN Mendelssohn was a boy of seventeen he wrote an Overture to Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream which wonderfully caught the spirit of the Comedy. Seventeen years later lie wrote Incidental Music to the play. The Nocturne is called for by Titania to lull to sleep the poor, weary mortals, victims of the fairies' tricks.
The delicious Scherzo, the Prelude to the Second Act, aptly suits the pranks of Puck and the dainty train of sprites, whom, in this Act, the Queen sends on their duties.
The other famous extract, the Wedding March, is played for the marriages of the three pairs of lovers, when all their troubles (or shall we say their pre-marital troubles ?) are ended.
Study in A Minor, Op. 104, No. 3.
Andante and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14
Saltarello Movement from the ' Italian ' Symphony