Relayed from WESTMINSTER ABBEY
EASTER is, to us, primarily one of the two greatest feasts of the Christian year.
But besides being a Christian, it is a Nature, festival, and as such it is observed with due ceremony in many non-Christian and only partially Christian parts of the world. In this afternoon's talk Miss Helen Greig Souter , who will be remembered as the author of some particularly interesting broadcasts on Northern Africa, will describe some of the customs with which Easter is honoured there.
Directed by FRED KITCHEN , from the ASTORIA CINEMA
' One a Penny,
Two a Penny ...'
An Anticipatory Programme, which will include-
Selections by the OLOF SEXTET
A Chat about 'Easter Eggs, Flowers, and Kites ' (Helen Greig Souter )
The Hot Cross Bun,' a Seasonable
Story by E. W. LEWIS
Zoo Eggs,' described by LESLIE G. MAINLAND
Personally conducted by JACK PAYNE
MODERN FRENCH PIANOFORTE MUSIC
Played by Mrs. NORMAN O'NEILL
MRS. O'NEILL'S performance of Debussy's pieces in the recent ' New Friends in Music ' Series will be pleasantly remembered. Here are three of his more familiar impressions.
The first is that of incessant, gently-falling rain. At times we may imagine we see flashes of summer lightning and hear the faint rumble of distant thunder.
Minstrels wittily suggests the antics of a Negro band, with its stark, syncopated rhythms, the oilily vulgar tune that comes swaying in, and the clank of the banjo.
TN The Island of Joy we may imagine a pleasure party, depicted in gay colours. It will bo noted how many different varieties of tone colour are used, and how the composer thus uses the pianoforte, in a sense, orchestrally.
In all these pieces Debussy has something very personal to say, and though more startling innovations in the last twenty years have made some of his work appear old-fashioned, most of it remains as fresh and interesting as when its striking combinations first fell, sometimes strangely, on the ears of a former generation.
THE Industrial Revolution that began in the -L latter part of the eighteenth century, generated, amongst its by-products, an intense and bitter discontent in the minds of the masses who suffered by it. This discontent, worked upon by different influences, manifested itself in different ways-the exploits of the Luddites and the machine-breakers, the campaigns for Parliamentary Reform, the Bristol Riots, and Chartism. In this talk Mr. Lambert will survey the evolution of the industrial masses, through friendly societies, trade unions, co-operative movements, and political leagues, from ill-directed violence to constitutional reform. Ho will deal particularly with the Chartist Movement, which at one point seemed almost capable of plunging England into a revolution such as those in which half the countries of Europe were involved at that time.
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Music and Song of the Gael
S.B. from Glasgow
The Lady ELSPETH CAMPBELL , of Argyll
The OBAN GAELIC Choir, conducted by Mr. JOHN McDONALD
Mrs. SHAND (Pianoforte); ALEO Sim (Violin) Introductory Remarks by Lady ELSPETH CAMPBELL , of Argyll
HERBERT SIMMONDS (Baritone)
THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND, conducted by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
T EARMONT DRYSDALE was a prolific
Scottish composer, who was born in Edinburgh in 1866, and died in 1909. His Tam o' Shanter (an orchestral 'Concert Overture'). written in a week in 1890, won the thirty-guinea prize of the Glasgow society of Musicians. It deals with the weird and supernatural happenings in Burns's famous poem. It is headed with the line, 'The hour approaches, Tam maun ride,' and at the opening we hear the motif representing the frantic dash for safety of poor Tarn, pursued by witches.
A further quotation from the poem, given in the score, describes the wild night, in which - a child might understand
The de'il had business on his hand.
SINCE the time when the German country dance became the Waltz of the ballroom, has any composer of importance existed who has not written Waltzes ? The Waltzes of some of the greatest composers have been amongst the most lovable compositions. Probably, many people would feel that Brahms never wrote more beautiful music than in some of his Waltzes. Yet, strangely enough, not more than one or two are really widely known. 'He wrote Waltzes for various small combinations of performers. There are, for instance, his Liebeslieder, or Love Song Waltzes for Vocal Quartet and Piano Duet. Today we are to hear some of his Waltzes, originally written for the Piano, and newly arranged for Military Band.
A LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Specially designed and arranged by the well. known theatrical director, ANDRÉ CHARLOT