THE AUGMENTED WIRELESS MILITARY BAND
Conducted by Lieut. B. WALTON O' DONNELL,
ISABEL I'ANSON (Soprano)
ROBERT EASTON (Bass) THIS is one of the most exhilarating pieces of music ever written. Its themes are taken
/rom Berlioz's Opera Benvenuto Cellini, which was produced in 1838 but was not a great success as a whole. AMONG the leading Composers of the day
A who have turned their attention to the Military Band is Holst, who has written two delightfully tuneful Suites for this medium. The Second of these is made up of four separate pieces. Most of the tunes in them are old English. The First piece is a lively, swinging March.
Two old tunes appear in this-those of Swansea Town and Claudy Banks. The Second is a pensive Song without Words.
The tune is I'll love my love. The Third is the bluff Song of the Blacksmith.
The anvil is very aggressive. The Fourth is an exhilarating Fantasia on The Dargason, and introduces the fine old tune Greensleeves. THIS piece was composed for performance by the massed Bands at Wembley on Empire Day two years ago. It is built upon a number of somewhat unfamiliar tunes, the first of which, Tadg bui (Yellow Tim) was taken down by the Composer from a singer of folk-songs in County Cork. An Antrim tune, and snatches of The Green Ribbon, lead to the appearance, as a Euphonium solo, of Along the Ocean Shore. The Clarinets next start a ' chorus Jig,' and a Pipers' Dance is heard a'little later. Two more tunes are used, and then the last section is made out of two Reels.
Lieut. B. Walton
'THE ANCIENT MARINER '
Read by Mr. J. C. SQUIRE
'THE ANCIENT MARINER ' is one of those poems with a historical as well as an intrinsic significance. Published in the ' Lyrical Ballads' of 1798, in which Wordsworth and Coleridge combined to throw down the gauntlet to the classicists who had, on the whole, ruled English poetry since Dryden's time, it was by far the most challenging thing in the volume, and may truly be said to have led to the romantic ascendancy of the nineteenth century. At the same time its value is not merely historic; it remains one of the most beautiful of ' faery ' poems.
Mr. J. C. Squire , who reads the poem, is an essayist, literary critic, poet and parodist. He is editor of the London Mercury, and chief critic to the Observer.
Mr. J. C.
Mr. J. C.
The British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John Hospital Library
THE Hospital Library of the British Red Cross
Society and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem is one of the few charities that never appeals for money. Its plea is for books, magazines and papers, which it distributes to British hospitals, not only in Great Britain, but in every part of the world where they are found, including hospital ships, Army and Nayy hospitals, disabled soldiers' homes, and many other institutions.
Last year, Mr. George Grossmith 's appeal for this cause brought the amazing response from listeners of 122,000 books, magazines and papers. Naturally, the organizers of the Library hope that this year's result will at least not fall short of that figure. The address to which gifts should be sent is [address removed]
' Fifty Years of Uganda'
DR. WILLIS first went to East Africa for the Church Missionary Society as long ago as 1900, and he has been Bishop of Uganda for the last fourteen years. At the time of his consecration the diocese covered an enormous area, and as means of communication were very primitive, only a bishop of untiring energy could have succeeded, by walking and cycling, in keeping in touch with the remotest districts, as Dr. Willis did. His success is shown by the fact that when he became bishop the Christian population under his care was 89,000, and when the huge diocese was divided last year the total had risen to 186,000.
from St. Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh. Address by the Rev. G. F. MACLEOD. S.B. from Edinburgh.
Rev. G. F.
W. HERBERT HICKOX , Mus.Doe., F.R.C.O., at the Organ
Relayed from ST. PHILLIP'S CHURCH, KENSINGTON Carols composed and written by Blind Musicians and Poets
FROM THE STUDIO
Hymn, ' '0 God Our Help in Ages Past ' (Tune :
Bible Reading Psalm 90.
Address by Mr. H. M. Gooch , General Secretary of the World's Evangelical Alliance
Hymn, ' '0 Happy Band of Pilgrims' (Tune -
Kneeht) MR. H. M. GOOCH is General Secretary of the World's Evangelical Alliance (British Organization), a post which he has now held for twenty-one years. The Alliance is a world-wido organization for religious liberty and the propagation of tho Gospel, and hence it is linked up with Biblo and missionary societies in every part of the world. Every year, in the first complete week of the New Year, it holds a Universal Week of Prayer.
Mr. H. M.
'Save the Children ' Fund for Convalescent Home. Appeal by Mr. PERCY ALDEN , Chairman.
FAIRFIELD HOUSE, St. Peter's, Broadstairs, a home run by the ' Save the Children '
Fund, is an open-air residential school for delicate children from the poor quarters of London, where those who, though not definitely ill, are ' off colour,' can be won back to health as they could never be were they left in the crowded surroundings of their homes. Here fifty children, carefully selected from the London elementary schools, lead a really healthy life. Each child stays three months, and £10 will cover the cost; £40 will keep a bed for a year.
Donations should be sent to [address removed]
OLGA HALEY (Soprano)
THE WIRELESS STRING ORCHESTRA, conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
BYRD'S piece is among the oldest of all instru. mental music. Four hundred years ago, almost the only cultivated music was for voices By the end of the sixteenth century Composers had begun to write for instruments. Naturally, the style was at first a good deal like that of the vocal music, for the special capabilities of instruments had all to be discovered.
But English composers (who were pioneers in the field) almost at once began to find out how to write effectively for the Keyboard instrument of the day, the Virginals, and for the family of Stringed instruments the Viols (roughly corresponding to our Violins, Violas and 'Cellos).
This Fantasia, originally written for six Viols has only recently been edited for performance by modern Stringed instruments.
MR. DUNHILL has arranged a number of Handel's short pieces (mostly movements in dance styles) into a Suite. The titles of the various pieces are Prelude and Pastorale, Rigaudon (originally a Provencal dance for a singlo pair
. of partners, having a leaping step in it), Sarabande (for long the chief slow dance of the old
' Suites), Gavotte, Minuet, and Gigue.
Songs by Roger Quiltor :
(New) Music When Soft Voices Die (Shelley) ; In the Bud of the Morning-0 (J. Stevens ) (Both first performance) 0
Cuckoo Song ; Fair House of Joy