Mrs. E. FlELDEN
HODGSON, ' Geographical Discoveries : To-day-Towards the Rising Sun.'
relayed from WESTMINSTER
Ann Spice, ' Books To Read '
Songs by EVA
NEALE ; ' Unlucky Dobble ' (Mabel Marlowe ); ' The Dark Zoo,' by L.G.M., of the Daily Mad
BAND, directed by SIDNEY FIRMAN
A Christmas Message by the Rt. Hon. Lord HAMPTON, Chief Commis sioner
Mr. C. LEWIS HIND : ' Six
Great Artists and What They Stand For-Holbein '
HANS HOLBEIX , the painter of whom
Mr. Lewis Hind will- speak in the fourth of his series of talks, was one of the greatest portrait - painters who have ever lived. Born in Germany in 1497, he spent much of his active life in England, to which he first came in 1526. Ho died of the Plague in London in 1543.
Mr. C. Lewis
: ' Old London Inns '
THE old inns of London are thickly encrusted with legend and history. Most of them have now been either rebuilt or restored beyond all recognition, but a few remain unchanged, notably the Cheshire Cheese, off Fleet Street, which is now just as it was when Dr. Johnson and his friends used to meet there in the time of George III. Amongst the other inns about which Mr. O'Donnell will talk, The Spaniards, on Hampstead Heath, has associations with Dick Turpin , the Gordon Riots , and many other famous people and events, but will be for ever known to Dickensians primarily as the scene of the tea-party from which Mrs. Bardell was taken off to the Fleet Prison at the instance of Messrs. Dodson and Fogg. The Angel, at Islington, and the old Elephant and Castle (the first tavern there was built in 1674) were great coaching inns for the Northern and Southern roads respectively, and the Angel was, in addition, a great suburban place of resort in the evenings (as were the tea-gardens at Jack Straw 's Castle) in the days when the road between Islington and the City was so unsafe after dark that a bell was rung and convoys made up to see each other home. As for Andertons in Fleet Street, it is still the resort of newspaper men, and the meeting-place of the Whitefriars Club.
Doris ASHTON (Vocalist)
The LONDON SAXOPHONE OCTET, directed by CHARLES RENARD
Conducted by HAROLD BROOKE
Relayed from the Bishopsgate Institute
Harpsichord played by GERALD COOPER
TN the eighteenth century rich patrons were of great assistance to composers. Handel, who as a young man'settled'in England, found his chief patron in that Duke. ' the princely Chandos,' who, as controller of the Army's pay, did extremely well for himself out of the ' pickings.'
Acis and Galatea (called a ' Serenata ') is one of the vocal works composed when Handel was living at the Duke's palace at Cannons, near Edgware, as Master of the Music, and had at his disposal an Orchestra and singers.
Its story is so clear that the various numbers need not be detailed.
Galatea (Soprano), a Sea Nymph, is loved and won by Aeis (Tenor), a Shepherd. Upon their happiness breaks the Giant, Polypheme (Bass), who covets the maiden. He kills Aeis, but Galatea exerts her ' pow'r divine ' and. though she cannot restore her lover as a man, decrees that he shall be. immortal, and reign as a god.
There is another character, Damon, a Shepherd (Tenor). whose part consists of a Recitative and Air in the first portion of the piece, and two Airs in the second half.
A chorus of Nymphs and' Shepherds provides variety, singing some comments upon the action of the work.
THE 'FAERIE QUEENE" was the master- piece of Edmund Spenser , ' the poets' poet,' and one of the brightest stars in the wonderful galaxy produced in England by the Elizabethan age. This long, allegorical poem, which was published in parts between 1589 and 1596, has been described as ' the only great poem that had been written in England since Chaucer died,' nearly two centuries before.
' Days and Nights in " The Desert " '
MR. RAMSAY MACDONALD was. of course. the first Labour Prime Minister to hold office in Great Britain. In addition to his political distinction, he has always been an accomplished man of letters. and many of his literary essays and travel sketches have appeared in the Press. Some of these were repub'ished last year under the title of ' Wanderings and Excursions.' and those who have read this book will look forward with the keenest interest to hearing its author's' impressions of the tremendous and bewildering desert from which he has just returned.
The SAVOY OR-
PHEANS and The SYLVIANS from the Savoy Hotel