MR. LLOYD JAMES was secretary to the B.B.C.'s Advisory Committee of experts on spoken English which recently drew up, for the benefit of Announcers, a list of the pronunciations that they were to use for certain doubtful words. He will give a series of twelve Talks during this season, of which this is the first.
IN these Talks, of which she is giving a series of six. Miss Rhoda Power (who has collaborated with her sister, Miss Eileen Power , in several of her recent, books) will give a picture -of the village in days when it was the primary unit of society and a real centre of every form of political, legal and social life.
Piano Solos by Gordon Bryan. 'Valentine Orson,' told by Harcourt Williams. 'Billy ' (H. Mortimer Batten)
by Reginald Foort, related from the New Gallery Kinema
by the Royal Horticultural Society
THE sugar beet industry is one that can suitably be carried on in this country, and of recent years strenuous efforts have been made to establish it. With the aid of the Ministry of Agriculture, factories have now been set up, and there seems a good prospect that a permanent addition may be made to the short list of our rural industries. In this talk Sir Francis Floud , who is Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, will explain what has been done and what it remains to do.
J Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues
Played through consecutively at this hour daily throughout the month
PEOPLE have only just begun to consider -*- food from the scientific angle, and consult the chemists and physiologists as to what they should eat. Professor Mottram. who holds the Chair of Physiology in the University of London, was one of the first of the scientists to bring the laboratory into the kitchen, and his book. ' Food and the Family,' is a landmark in the history of popular dietetics. In this series of six Talks he will explain the importance of careful selection in feeding from the point of view of physical and mental efficiency and health,
THE melodies of the Songs of Nyassaland, collected by Mrs. Ella Kidney , are those used by various African native tribes in their ceremonies and rejoicings. Some of the songs come from near Lake Nyassa. while others are boat songs and travelling songs from near the Zambezi River, and they were all heard and noted in circumstances of actual native use.
With one or two exceptions the English words which Mrs. Kidney has written are close translations of the original native words. Mr. Theodore Holland has arranged five of the melodies from the original collection for general use. They are free arrangements, but the melodies are unaltered.
1. Travel. A Road Song. suggesting endless weary walking along a hot road, the travellers' encouragement of each other by means of their songs, and the successful hunt for game by the way.
2. Lumentation. The Song of Mourning, used by some native tribes to the west of Lake Nyassa. The Lament is sung as a recitative, with the villagers joining in the refrain. ' hoya hoya ho.'
3. The Jolly Robbers. This is a light-hearted song of harvest time.
4. Boat Song. This was heard on a little river flowing north from the Zambezi, within a short distance of the spot where, by the river bank, Mrs. David Livingstone was buried.
5. A Chicken's Grief. Another gay harvest song. 6. Slavery. This song originated among natives who had been captured and driven from their homes by slave raiders.
Played by ADOLPHE HALLIS
DEBUSSY'S picture of the hills of Anacapri, near Naples, glows with the light and warmth of the Italian sun. We hear suggestions of the gay Tarantella dance and of a popular love-ditty.
BAX, in Mediterranean, sets up a gracefully languorous theme that transports us at once to a Southern seaboard. To this theme succeeds a playful, lilting melody, and these contrasted moods prevail throughout.
IN his Pickwick piece, Debussy seems to be poking good-humoured fun at the great man's qualities of gravity and playfulness. By the introduction of a few bars of our National Anthem he perhaps suggests that Mr. Pickwick stands for the British nation.
SOME of Milhaud's music has already been broadcast. This young Frenchman (he is thirty-five) formed one of the little band until recently known as ' The Six.' Actually, they had not very much in common, except, perhaps. a general spirit of revolt against the supposed mistiness and subtlety of Debussy and his followers.
by J. C. SQUIRE
TO-NIGHT listeners will hear a programme arranged and introduced by a distinguished man of letters. Mr. J. C. Squire is editor of the London Mercury, a literary review that has published the work of almost every living British writer of eminence ; his own criticisms in the Observer carry as much weight as any of the week ; and his books include volumes of poetry that have assured him an acknowledged place amongst contemporary poets.
It will Le iound that Mr. Squire has chosen a programme illustrative of the history of British Songs from mediæval times up to the early days of the last century, beginning with the thirteenth-century Sumer is i-cumen in ' (a reproduction of the original MS. of which will be found on the next page). To-night's programme will trace the development of our songs up to the time of Tom Moore and the first Victorian song writers, showing that tunefulness and gay spirits have always been the characteristics of British music. The sequence of the songs will be interspersed with orchestral music.
Mr. J. C.