The DAVENTRY QUARTET and JOSEPHINE LAMB
(Mezzo-Soprano), JOHN BUCKLEY (Baritone), DAISY SCOTT (Flute)
The general object of the National Federation of Women's Institutes is 'to provide an organization with the object of enabling women to take an effective part in rural life and development.' For this purpose it brings together Women's Institutes and County Federations of Institutes from all over the country, and gives them the benefit of a central organization and of the close co-operation that exists between the Federation and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Lady Denman, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Federation, will this afternoon introduce a series of Talks, which is to continue during the winter, designed especially to co-operate with the work of the Women's Institutes. Miss Power's description of village life in olden times should be particularly interesting to those who are trying to revive village life to-day.
"Out of the Jaws of Death" (Baroness Orczy)
"Fighting the Snow", a Swiss Railway Story by Cecil J. Allen
by Reginald Foort, relayed from the New Gallery Kinema
Relayed from the Oxford Studio People are often apt to regard the League of Nations as an organization concerned primarily with such great diplomatic feats as the admission of Germany, which is, of course, its outstanding achievement of this last year. It must not be forgotten, however, that the League Ã‚Â—which celebrated its seventh anniversary on Monday of this week Ã‚Â—is all the time doing an enormous amount of useful but unobtrusive work. It raises loans to assist new States and settle refugees from the disturbed parts of Central Europe; in many ways it endeavours to raise the standard of life for the worker - last year it dealt with such matters as the abolition of poisonous matches and poisonous lead paints, the prohibition of night work for women and children, shortening the hours of labour in the East, and so on. In addition it works against the traffic in such dangerous commodities as drugs and armaments, and tries to simplify international contacts by reducing the friction arising from passports, customs and passage-dues. This background of steady work must not be overlooked when one is considering the more spectacular exploits with which Professor Gilbert Murray (who, us well as being Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford, and the translator of Euripides into noble English verse, is President of the League of Nations Union) will, naturally, be primarily concerned.
Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues, played through consecutively at this hour daily throughout the month
FEW girls of her age - for she is only twenty-one - have had such opportunities of gaining experience as Miss Minty Lamb. At the age of three she was adopted by her uncle, George R. Sims, that perfect type of the Bohemian journalist in the days when Bohemia still lingered on in London. Until his death Miss Lamb went everywhere with him, and in particular acquired a unique knowledge of London, which he knew as few Londoners know it. This knowledge furnished her with material for a lecture tour of South and East Africa, and it is of her amusing experiences in towns, universities and the houses of sheikhs that she will talk to-night.
Sung by ASHMOOR BURCH(Baritone)
Minnie Song .. (Freebooter Songs)
The Rebel...... (Freebooter Songs)
Son of Mine ... (Freebooter Songs)
Up in the Saddle Rest Thee. My Bird (from 'Lords of the Sea)
The Swordsman ..... Lords of the Sea
MANY Composers have started careers in some other profession than music, either of their own choice, or under pressure from parents.
Some forty or fifty years ago the Scotsman, William Wallace, graduated with honours as Doctor of Medicine at Glasgow University, and entered the medical profession. But he soon gave up medicine and entered the Royal Academy of Music, London. From that time onward he has placed music first in his life, except, during the War. He held important posts in the medical service from August, 1914, to 1919. As a British Composer, Wallace was something of a pioneer, for his Passing of Beatrice (1892) was one of the earliest Symphonic Poems by one of our own writers. He has had a considerable output, among which probably the greatest success is these Freebooter Songs, ballads of the days when the moss-troopers (outlaws) roamed the Scottish border and made fierce forays upon those whose hands were against them.
The Minnie Song (or 'Mother Song') is a mother's stern reminder to her boy that 'thy father lies on the heath, a rebel he lived and a rebel he died; ... 'tis time to awaken the steel.' So the lad set forth and drove home the steel into the body of a foe; but when he came home:
... my Minnie lay chill, and the wheel stood still,
No sleep for the knife in its sheath.
The Rebel is the stirring song of the freebooter, who respects no law but that of the foray, and envies none save the eagle and the hawk.
Son of Mine is the cradle song of a hunted father to his babe, who, he proudly declares. shall himself some day lead the broken clan.
A Reading of parts of Act V. of Shakespeare's
Interpreted by MARK RAPHAEL
Von ewiger Liebe (Enduring Love) Standehen (Serenade)
Feldeinsamkeit (Field Loneliness) Auf dem See (On the Sea)
Meine Liebe ist grÃ¼n (My Love is Blossoming)
VON EWIGER LIEBE a maiden's parting confidence in her lover. 'Iron and steel are strong, but our love is stronger' she says 'they may be melted, and change, but nothing can change our love, which for ever will endure'
The Serenade is a simple folk-song-like piece, appropriately sentimental.
Feldeinsamkeit is, by common consent, one of the most lovable of Brahms' songs. The singer lies in the grass in the noontide of a sleepy summer's day, gazes with dreamy happiness at the blue skies and white clouds, and hears the hum of insects. He feels 'as though he long were dead and borne along to heaven.'
There are two songs entitled Auf 'dem See, both of which speak of the beauty of earth and waters as viewed from a gently-tossing boat; one adds a reflection about love, and ends by rejoicing in the freedom from the busy life of men, and describing the boat as a floating Eden.
Meine Liebe ist grÃ¼n is a joyous song, beginning with a glowing comparison of the lover's affection to the blossoming elder tree, whilst the dear one is described as the sunshine, which falls upon the tree and fills it with fragrance and delight.
Selected by A COMMITTEE OF MEMBERS of the NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND