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: SPEECHES

following the Luncheon of the UNITED ASSOCIATIONS OF
GREAT BRITAIN AND FRANCE
Relayed from THE HOTEL VICTORIA
Toasts :
HIS MAJESTY THE KING
THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC
OUR GUESTS
Proposed by the Rt. Hon. The EARL OF DERBY,
K.G.
Responded to by H.R.H. the DUKE OF
CONNAUGHT
FRANCE
Proposed by-the Most Hon. the MARQUESS or CREWE, K.G.
Responded to by the MARQUIS DE VOGUE
THE United Associations of Great Britain and France have as their object the strengthening of ties between the two countries. They have offices in London and Paris, and at intervals during the year they arrange for their members to meet each other and also to welcome distinguished visitors from France.
At this luncheon H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught, who spends the winter months in the South of France, will be the Guest of Honour. The Marquess of Crewe, who is the President of the British Institute in Paris, a project in which considerable interest is being taken, will explain the progress that has been made with this scheme. As British Ambassador to France, he will be very cordially welcomed when he proposes the health of France. The reply to this toast will be made by the Marquis do Vogue, who has just been elected President of the Suez Canal Company. The Earl of Derby, the President of the United Associations, will be in the Chair.

: Sir ERNEST GRAY, How English Laws are Made-III, A General Election '

THE result of a General Election determines the nature of an unpredictable number of future laws, and thus this talk forms an important part of Sir Ernest Gray 's series. He will deal with the whole mechanism of election, from the register of electors and the issue of writs to the time when the newly-elected members take their seats.

Contributors

Unknown: Sir Ernest Gray

: Mr. Clifford Collinson: Let's Go Round the World

Today Mr. Collinson takes his party back to Vancouver, and, after a little salmon-fishing in Cowichan Bay, down the Pacific Coast to San Francisco. Thence it is an easy stage to Honolulu, with its surf-riding and all the other joys of the South Seas.

: FOLK MUSIC AND DANCES

By the ENGLISH FOLK DANCE SOCIETY
Including the following dances: Galopade’ ;
' The Black Nag’ ; ‘Gathering Peascods '

: Short Song Recital

by EVELYN BRYAN (Soprano)

Contributors

Soprano: Evelyn Bryan

: THE CHILDREN'S HOUR

: ‘It's All Nonsense ''
-a quite absurd programme containing Songs by Dale Smith. 'The Voyage of the Four Little Children ' (Edward Lear). Nonsense Rhymes by Lewis Carroll and David Saylor

: BRAHMS

Played by LAFFITTE
Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel
—Parti
THESE Variations belong to Brahms' earlier years, when he was finding out what could be done in Pianoforte composition. He was then much attracted to the Variation form, though he only used it once after his Op. 35, and then for a work which came out both in Pianoforte and in Orchestral shape.
It is not necessary to describe each of the twenty-five very short Variations that make up this set, which concludes with a Fugue of some extent. After the older fashion in Variations, Brahms keeps almost entirely to the major and minor forms of the key in which the tune is given out. Wo have all kinds of rhythmic transformation, but comparatively little harmonic divagation. The theme itself is not always present in its full form, but its outline or some other salient point is there.

: Prof. GEORGE GORDON, More Companionable Books—III, Johnson's Lives of the Poets'

CONSIDERING how great his reputation remains, it is surprising how little of Johnson's work has survived. Johnson, in fact, lives almost entirely in Boswell and in his' Lives of the Poets,' that very characteristic work in which his prejudice often gets the better of his judgment, but which remains a valuable as well as a diverting review of the English poets up to his day.

: VARIETY

HARRY HEMSLEY (Child Impersonator)
SYDNEY NESBITT and KEL KEECH
(Syncopated Items)
ELSIE and Doris WATERS (Duets)
ANGELA BADDELEY in a Sketch
THE MUSICAL AVALOS

Contributors

Unknown: Kel Keech
Unknown: Angela Baddeley

: AT GEORGE'S'

CHANCE CONVERSATIONS AT A COFFEE-STALL
IN ancient times the market-place, in 1727 the coffee-house, in 1827 the tobacconist's divan, and now in 1927 the coffee-stall-these have been the meeting-places of those who take pleasure in conversation. No coffee-stall in all the West-end is more popular today than Mr. George Ground's (or ' George's as it is known among its varied clientele). The excellence of its coffee, the succulence of its cheese-cakes, the spicy quality of its saveloys are renowned wherever Londoners move and have their being. By lone camp-fires in the Himalayas and in the African jungle men have felt a thrill of reminiscence as the conversation turned upon ' George's,' recalling many a convivial evening in Town which wound up with a visit to the coffee stall.
Tonight the counter is occupied by two of ' George's ' ' regulars ’—Mr. William Tether, a Civil Servant of democratic opinions, and Mr. Gilbert Stock, a business man who has not allowed the City to rob him of his sense of humour. Other casual visitors will no doubt drop in, and it is hoped that the ensuing discussion will be even livelier than usual, for there is no phase of current affairs which ' George's ' clients are not prepared to discuss, liotly and without regard for the conventions.

: CHAMBER MUSIC

The PHILHARMONIC PIANO QUARTET :
PAUL BEARD (Violin) ; FRANK VENTON (Viola) ;
JOHAN C. HOCK ('Cello) ; CHARLES KELLY
(Pianoforte)
GEORGE PARKER (Baritone)
JOSEPH JONGEN is a native of Liege. A refugee in England during the war, he gave many concerts in London and the provinces as the Piano-playing member of a Quartet that included Mr. Lionel Tertis , the famous Viola player. He is now a Professor at the Brussels Conservatoire.
The Quartet in E Flat is his Op. 23. Its Scherzo is a blend of mystery (suggested by the muted Strings) and sprightly good humour, in the Piano's rapid running passages. Near the end are silver flashes of extremely soft full-speed Pianoforte scales.

Contributors

Violin: Frank Venton
Cello: Johan C. Hock
Cello: Charles Kelly
Baritone: George Parker
Unknown: Joseph Jongen
Unknown: Mr. Lionel Tertis








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