THE WINNING BAND OF THE METROPOLITAN
POLICE FESTIVAL, (1927)
THE BAND OF A ' DIVISION, WHITEHALL (Conducted by A. H. DUNLOP , late Scots Greys)
GARDA HALL (Soprano). Richard FORD (Baritone),
LILLY PHILLIPS ('Cello)
'The Queen's Companions': A Robin Hood Play specially written for the Children's Hour with incidental music by the Daventry Quartet
Robin Hood and his 'merry men' are among the most popular characters in that mass of curious old tales which form the background of all the facts of our early history. Like King Arthur, he may or may not have actually existed, but it is quite certain that all the ballads and tales told about him cannot be true. It does not really matter a bit, however, whether Robin Hood was or was not Robert FitzOdo or an Earl of Huntingdon, or whether he lived in the twelfth or the fourteenth century - or any other. As a national 'hero' and a central figure for really fascinating stories he is almost unique. The incident which forms the subject of today's play is one of many which are described in old ballad: and brings with it a picturesque suggestion of medieval times and a breath of 'high adventure' which we love to associate with them.
The day will come when it will no longer be possible to refer to Mr. Beverley Nichols as one of the most brilliant of our younger writers: but when it does, we shall know that this post-war generation has definitely passed. Mr. Beverley Nichols is emphatically and characteristically 'post-war.' He was the brightest spirit of post-war Oxford - President of the Union, editor of countless undergraduate magazines, and author of a novel a year. 'Going down ' did not quench his light; Fleet Street became conscious of him, he set a new age-limit for autobiographers in 'Twenty-Five,' and 'Crazy Pavements' shows that he can write novels that are not mere undergraduate novels. He is right on the spot, of the moment, and in the swim, and nobody could more fitly occur in a series entitled ' Writers of Today.'
The 'Proms', which since 1895 have been the most popular series of concerts in London, were, for various reasons, to have come to an end last year. However, by arrangement with the B.B.C., it has been found possible to continue the series. The Thirty-Second Season opens tonight at the Queen's Hall under the baton of Sir Henry Wood, whose name has been associated with the concerts since their initiation. During the season, which ends on September 24, the 'Proms' will frequently be broadcast from all stations.
Relayed from the Queen's Hall
Sir Henry J. Wood
and his Symphony Orchestra
God Save the King
Overture, 'Cockaigne', Elgar
Minuet in A for Strings, Boccharini
Aria, 'Elizabeth's Greeting' (Tannhauser), Wagner
Arthur De Greef
Pianoforte Concert, in A Minor, Grieg
Three Sea Songs: Drake's Drum; Devon, O Devon; The Old 'Superb', Stanford
Valse Triste, Sibelius
Largo in G, Handel
Overture to 'William Tell', Rossini
Interlude from the Studio
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Lizst
Who is Sylvia?, Schubert
Music when soft voices die, Quilter
A Birthday, Parry
How can ye gang, lassie; Leezie Lindsay, Old Scotch aire, arr. Malcolm Lawson
Mowing the Barley, Old English, arr. Cecil Sharp
Prelude and Mazurka, Delibes
(For full details see opposite page.)
Sir Henry J.
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