BY EDGAR T. COOK
Relayed from SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL
THE thirteenth century was almost the first settled period in English history, when no conquests or invasions occurred to interfere. with the ordinary course of evolution. Except for the Crusades, which left a few traces of Eastern influence in the most unlikely places, no outside force intervened in the thirteenth century, and the further development of Gothic architecture seems, in retrospect, perhaps the most important feature of the age.
in aid of THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND WAIFS AND STRAYS
Relayed from Daly's Theatre, London
A New Fantastic Opera
Music by AMHERST WEBBER . Libretto by KITTY BARNE
The Artists will include MAGGIE TEYTE and W. JOHNSTONE DOUGLAS
The Opera produced by FRANK COCHRANE
FIFTY years ago mahogany, plush and horse-hair, thrown together in luscious profusion, constituted the popular notion of interior decora-1 ion. The ideal of today is a simpler one. All those who are contemplating the decoration of a home should listen to what Julia Cairns has to say this afternoon.
: Rex Palmer will sing ' The Floral Dance ' and other old favourites. The Wicked Uncle has consented once more to be a Victim (by request-like everything else this week'). 'Mac' will tell the tale of ' Jeff's Pet' (H. Mortimer Batten)
Conducted by E. IDLOES OWEN
S.B. from Cardiff
The Wireless Orchestra, conducted by John Ansell
John Thorne (Baritone)
(Conducted by the Composer)
The work is founded on old Cornish folk-tunes (several of which were used, in a modified form, in the work On the Cornish Coast which the Composer wrote for the Crystal Palace Brass Band competition in 1924). It opens with the sea shanty Lowlands Low, which is given out by the brass and developed at some length.
The opening fragment of the tune plays an important part throughout the work, serving, in various, guises, to bind the different sections together.
A second theme (Woolycombe) now becomes more prominent an-I is shortly followed by a quieter section in which the tune, A maiden sat weeping, announced by the Oboe, plays the most important part.
The vigorous development of these themes suggests the rugged storm-bound Cornish coast.
The next tune to appear is that of the Helston Furry Dance. This is introduced, apparently, by the oldest inhabitant of the place - somewhat unsteady on his feet. Others take up the Dance, and when it is in full swing, yet another tune, the Song of the Western Men, steals in, and the two themes are heard together in the Coda.
EVEN the most untechnicallyminded of us have heard that radio transmission is better in the hours of darkness. On Wednesday next week we shall experience an unwonted period of darkness during the day. How will this affect broadcasting ? Mr. Donis. thorpe, who was in New York during the total eclipse visible there in 1924, will explain the position in his talk tonight.
ERNEST J. POTTS (Bass)
THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOHN ANSELL
BLOW THE WIND SOUTHERLY, Dr.
Whittaker says, is possibly a tune first played on the Northumbrian pipes ; to this have been added words modelled on an older ballad, of which only fragments remain.
A Short Play written for Broadcasting by ARTHUR TEMPLE
Selkey and Mackert are driving along a country road at night. Their motor car breaks down.
Frank Selkey (Two Cracksmen):
John Mackert (Two Cracksmen):
Ambrose Pellam, a Farmer:
Anne Pellam, his Daughter: