HUBERT EISDELL (Tenor); RAE ROBERTSON and ETHEL BARTLETT (Duets for Two Pianos)
THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND, conducted by Lieut. B. WALTON O'DONNELL , R.M.
Lieut. B. Walton
Address by Canon WOODWARD, from St. John's,
THE children's services from the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Smith Square, are rapidly becoming as recognized a feature of the broadcast programmes as the famous evening services from St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Canon Woodward, the Rector, who conducts them, has a special gift of dealing with children, and many listeners will remember his books. ' Jesus Amongst the Children ' and ' Stories Told to the Scamps.'
From George Street Baptist Church,
S.B. front Plymouth
Address by the Rev. T. WILKINSON RIDDLE
FOUNDED in 1620, the year that the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from
Plymouth on their historic voyage to New England, the George Street Baptist Church has had a succession of notable preachers. The choir is nearly a hundred strong, the organ is one of the best in the West Country, and the present minister. Mr. Wilkinson Riddle , has a congregation of a thousand every Sunday night.
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Rev. T. Wilkinson
FLORENCE HOLDING (Soprano); ETHEL WILLIAMS (Soprano) ; SPENCER THOMAS (Tenor) ; THE WIRELESS CHORUS; THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
THIS Symphonic Cantata ' was written in 1839-40 for the celebration of the fourth centenary of Gutenberg's invention of printing.
It consists of three Movements of a Symphony, followed by ten vocal numbers-Solos and Duets for Soprano and Tenor, and Choruses.
The melody with which the wurk opens is used as a kind of leading theme.' recurring both in the first two Movements of the Symphony and in the opening and closing Choruses.
The FIRST MOVEMENT, brilliant and vigorous, has fine energy and breadth.
The SECOND MOVEMENT is based upon' two
Main Tunes, one in a minor key and the other a major-key ' chorale ' or hymn-tune, the lines of which are connected by the ' leading theme ' and by bits of the Movement's First Main Tune.
The THIRD MOVEMENT begins quietly, becomes more restless. and finally leads into the Opening Chorus of the vocal part of the work—' All men, all things, all that have life and breath, sing to the Lord.'
The succeeding numbers are as follow :—
TENOR RECITATIVE, Sing ye praise, all ye redeemed ... from a deep affliction,' followed by AIR, ' He counteth all your sorrows.'
CHORUS, 'All ye that cried unto the Lord.'
DtJET FOR Two SOPRANOS, with CHORUS, ' I waited for the Lord .... 0 blessed are they that hope and trust in the Lord.'
TENOR AIR, ' The sorrows of death had closed all around me ... ; but said the Lord, " Come. arise from the dead..... I bring thee salvation." '
CHORUS, The night is departing..... Therefore let us east off the works of darkness, and let us gird on the armour of light.'
CHORALE, ' Let all men praise the Lord.'
Soprano AND TENOR DUET, My song shall be alway Thy mercy.'
FINAL CHORUS. Ye nations, offer to the Lord glory and might..... All that hath life and breath sing to the Lord.'
THIS Chorus serves as a commentary and meditation on the death of Stephen, at whose martyrdom Saul was present.
The words are : ' Happy and blest are they who have endured. For though the body dies,
. the soul shall live for ever.'
IN the Second Part of the Oratorio. Gabriel, the guardian of Paradise, tells of the creation of the birds, and in this Air he describes the proud eagle, the merry lark. the cooing clove, and the nightingale pouring forth his sweetest melody. Haydn's music suggests the various notes of the birds.
THIS Chorus is a lovely tranquil setting of the words : ' How lovely is Thy dwelling place, 0
Lord of Hosts, for my soul it longeth. yea fainteth for the courts of the Lord. My soul and body crieth out, yea for the living God. 0 blest are they that dwell within Thy house ; they praise Thy name evermore '
THE extract from Handel comes from the second part of Judas Maccabæus. The Israelites have triumphed over their foes, but a messenger brings news that fresh hosts are advancing. Judas sings the Air :—
Sound an alarm ! Your silver trumpets sound.
And call the brave, and only brave around.
Who listeth, follow ; to the field again. «
Justice, with courage, is a thousand men.