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Relayed from Westminster Abbey


: Violin Solos by David Wise. ' Tho Dragon of Twothalia' (Philip Carmichael). Zoo Quarrels and Fights,' hy L. G. Mainland. ' How you may vote on Programmes ’—to which we want everybody to listen.

: Mr. FRANCIS BIRRELL, ‘I Wish I had Lived in the Eighteenth Century '

IN retrospect, the eighteenth century often seems the ideal epoch—one sees a vision of powder and patches, hoops and laced hats, wit and gallantry, a general impression of life being lived really well. There is a lot to be said for this view, in spite of the other side of the picture—Newgate and Bedlam, the slave-ship and the press-gang, impassable streets and highwaymen in the Kensington Road. But without doubt the period is the spiritual home of many of our present-day intellectuals, and Mr. Francis Birrell , the son of Mr. Augustine Birrell, and himself an essayist and literary critic of considerable reputation, is, by his own confession, one of them.


Unknown: Mr. Francis Birrell

: Brahms

Played by Laffitte
Intermezzo in E Flat (Op. 117, No. 1)
Rhapsody in G Minor (Op. 79, No. 2)
The Intermezzo is headed by a quotation from one of Herder's Folk Songs - a German form of the Scots cradle song known as Lady Anne Bothwell's Lament (to be found in Percy's Relics of Ancient English Poetry). The lines (in the original Scots) begin:-
Balow, my babe, lye still and sleipe,
It grieves me sair to see thce weipe.

Brahms writes a lovely little lullaby, the middle part of which perhaps reflects the clarker sentiments of the poem (the lady, with her child, had been deserted).
1 The G Minor Rhapsody is an impassioned utterance. The wide sweep of its melody (note its opening in an arpeggio, a favourite figure of Brahms), the leaping vigour of the succeeding passage, and the following curious portion, marked 'mysterious' (in which the opening arpeggio motif is heard softly in the bass), are
striking elements in a piece of uncommon impressiveness.


Pianist: Laffitte

: Mr. D. A. Ross, ' A Hundred Years of Working Class Progress: A Stake in the Country —1850-1878 '

IN this, his third talk, Mr. Ross will discuss the Golden Age of Victorian Capitalism, when the skilled worker had attained an assured position, and could fairly claim to have ' a stake in the country.'


A condensed version of Sir Walter Scott 's great poem, adapted for Broadcasting, introducing the following characters :—
The Songs in this arrangement arc taken from
G. A. Macfaren 's Cantata, The Lady of tho Lake' (1877)
Conducted by JOHN ANSELL
A CENTURY and a quarter ago Scott was arousing frenzied enthusiasm in literary circles, and reviving interest in the wilder periods of Scottish history, with his long narrative poems, of which" The" tay" 'of ffie'Last Minstrel,' 'Marmion,' and 'The Lady of the Lake' are the best known. This last, which is being broadcast tonight,, is typical of the whole series— full of feats of arms, the rivalry of clans, combats between the Saxon and the Gael; and one could nowhere find a better gallery of Scott heroes than FitzJames, the Douglas, Malcolm Graeme and the redoubtable Highland chieftain, Roderick Dhu.


Unknown: Sir Walter Scott
Unknown: G. A. MacFaren
Conducted By: John Ansell
Unknown: Malcolm Graeme
Unknown: Roderick Dhu.
The Speaker: J Hubert Leslie
James FitzJames: Lawrence Anderson
Ellen Douglas: Barbara Couper
Allan-bane: Frank MacRae
Lady Margaret: Helen Leeman
James, Earl of Douglas: Herbert Ross
Roderick Dhu: Clarke Smith
Malcolm-Graeme: Reginald Tate
Priest: J Nelson Ramsay
Blanche of Devon: Peggie Robb-Smith
John de Brent: Lindsell Stuart
Captain: Frank Snell


The Programme includes
A Little Grand Opera
Words by A. P. HERBERT
(From ' Riverside Nights ') and 'BLACK-EYED SUSAN'
(From ' Riverside Nights ')
(For full Programme and the words of The Policeman's Serenade' see pages 305 and 315.)


Soprano: George Baker
Conducted By: Alfred Reynolds
Unknown: A. P. Herbert

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