THIS is another of the series of talks, arranged in collaboration with the Women's Institutes, which are describing the mral life of countiics many of which are less hopelessly urbanized than cur own. At present some very interesting experiments in village life are proceeding in Palestine, where Jews, many of them born in the slums of European cities, are starting life afresh on the land in the home of their fathers.
THE MARQUESS OF NORTHAMPTON is Vice-President of the London Gardens
Guild. Listeners may like to know that the entries for this year's competition number over 12,000. In his talk this evening the Marquess of Northampton, who is one of this year's judges, will give particulars of an exhibition which will be held in the autumn.
THIS talk concludes the first half of the series on 'The Development of Mind and Character,' in which three distinguished psychologists, Professor Burt, Dr. Crichton-Miller and Dr. Potts, have dealt with ' the child.' Next session they will continue by considering the psychological problems of the adolescent.
' THAT OPERA IS ABSURD ' between
Mr. OSDERT SITWELL and Mr. BASIL MAINE
; Sir LANDON RONALD in the Chair
Relayed from the Fyvie Hall, The
Polytechnic, Regent Street
To the unmusical, opera is merely a gigantic joke, a senseless mystery that can never be explained. Even amongst musicians one occasionally hears voices raised in doubt-doubt as to whether opera is really a true medium for art, whether these operas that cannot be overlooked are any more than successful tours de force.
Mr. Osbert Sitwell is a prominent member of a family (at times one feels almost inclined to call them a faction) noted for their pronounced and original views, and readers of his books will know how competent he is to keep up an end in any discussion on aesthetics. Mr. Basil Maine is the music critic of The Spectator, and a frequent broadcaster, and Sir Landon Ronald , the chairman, is amongst the most distinguished musicians in the country, hut though lie is conductor of the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra , lie has had no direct connection with opera for some considerable time, and his presidency will therefore be untainted by any personal feeling on that account.
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