THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Conducted by ALBERT COATES
ROBERT RADFORD (Bass)
SOLOMON (Solo Pianoforte)
IMAGINE yourself, as you hear this music, in the gorgeous royal court, in some Oriental fairy-tale land. The Wedding March is played when the doddering old King Dodon brings home, as his lovely bride, the Queen against whom he went out to fight. A procession of giants, dwarfs, negroes and others lead in the King and Queen, in a golden chariot.
ONE of the Composers who set Russian music firmly on its feet was Moussorgsky. His famous Opera, Boris Godounov, which was produced fifty-three years ago, treats the dramatic period of change in the two great Russian dynasties. Ivan the Terrible's weak-minded son has been replaced by the ambitious Boris Godounov, who is at first regent, afterwards Tsar. Boris has realized that his title is threatened by Ivan's younger son, Dmitri, and has had him secretly assassinated.
The Coronation Scene (the second Scene of the Opera's Prologue) takes place in the courtyard of the Kremlin at Moscow. The assembled people, kneeling, are loyally shouting, 'Long life and health to thee, Tsar Boris Feodorovitch!'. They sing of Boris' glory as he comes in procession from the Cathedral, and exhort each other to rejoice at the prospect of the new Tsar, 'our father beloved.' Boris is sad ; evil presentiments oppress him. He prays to his dead father to bless him. 'May I be just and merciful as thou,' he pleads. Turning to the people, he declares that they all shall feast as his guests. Amid renewed rejoicings he goes on his way, and the curtain falls to the shouts of 'Glory, glory! '
From the Little Plays of St. Francis, by Laurence Housman
The play will be given by University College, London, Dramatic Society
Produced by W. A. G. Doyle-Davidson
St. Francis of Assisi one of the most delightful characters known to history, has long attracted Mr. Housman, the author of "St. Francis Poverello"; but the "Little Plays of St. Francis" are amongst his later works, having been published in 1922. "Sister Clare" is being broadcast this afternoon, it was read from the London Studio by Mr. Housman himself last year. It is one of the series of these little plays that is being performed by the University College Dramatic Society this Christmas, as in the three preceding years, for the benefit of charities. These performances will be given at the College between January 17 and 22.
W. A. G.
Address by the Rev. ARCHIBALD FLEMING D.D.
DR. FLEMING, who is now Minister of St.
Columba's (Church of Scotland), Pont Street, London, S.W., is one of the ablest clergy-men of the Scottish Church. Before coming to London he worked at St. Cuthbert's, Edinburgh, and was Minister of Newton Parish. Midlothian. and of Tron Parish, Edinburgh. At that time he edited Life and Work, the magazine of the Church of Scotland, and was one of the brilliant team of contributors that W. E. Henley gathered round him on the Scots Observer and the National Observer. Dr. Fleming has also been an Acting Chaplain to the Royal Scots and (for nearly twenty years) to the London Scottish.
Rev. Archibald Fleming
THE Royal Northern' Hospital in Holloway, with the three other institutions of the Royal Northern Group, provides 400 beds for the sick of Northern London. As it is the only general hospital in an area of seventy square miles, serves a population of a million, and has a waiting list of over 200, it need not be said that these beds are always full. The Hospital has just celebrated its seventieth anniversary, and to mark the occasion, a great effort is being made to pay off the debt that was inevitably acquired during the war period, although in 1924 and 1925 the hospital was able to pay its way.
Mr. Joseph Coyn, who makes the appeal, is one of the most genial and whimsical of musical-comedy actors. After a long career and many successes, he was recently one of the chief reasons why No No Nanette enjoyed such a long run. He is now playing in Queen High at the Queen's Theatre.
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by THE WIRELESS CHOIR
Conducted by STANRORD ROBINSON
Hark, Hark, My Soul (Tune : 'Pilgrims of the Night')
Jerusalem the Colden (Tune :
Saviour, When in. Dust to Thee
(Tune : ' Aberystwyth ')
Who is This with Garments
Gory (Tune: 'Ebenezer')
Evensong is Hushed in Silence
(Tune : ' Evening Hymn ')
Yc Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
(Tune : ' Creation's Hymn ')