EVEN in these days, when the stage has become organized almost as an industry, the life of the footlights has not lost its glamour, and any number of strange things happen in the world of grease-paint and green-rooms, of theatrical lodgings, and those long, dreary cross-country journeys in slow Sunday trains. In this talk Colette O'Niel (whose real name is Lady Constance Malleson. and whose first play. The Way, was produced the other Sunday at the Arts Theatre Club) will give some of her experiences on the London stage, and on tour at home and abroad.
'PACHYDERMS' (Don't be frightened— try the dictionary !)
' The Elephant that Walked — and other pachydermatous music by V. HELY-HUTCHINSON
' The Gardener and the White Elephants,' a Whimsical Story by RICHARD HUGHES
Capt. F. G. DOLI. MAN will explain about George and other Ele. phants' (this is the first of a new series of Chats on Creatures of the Present and of the Past)
Breeding rabbits - Angora and Chinchilla - has lately become a very popular way of making money at home, and the number of people who are interested in the problems of rabbit-breeding is increasing every day. Commander Butcher is himself a breeder of great experience, and Secretary of the largest London breeders' club.
THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND, conducted by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
ESTHER COLEMAN (Contralto)
JAMES HOWELL (Baritone)
SCHUMANN'S Romance, the Second Movement of the Symphony, is an engaging little piece. The character of the melody makes it easy to believe (as we are told) that Schumann at first intended to bring in a guitar for the accompaniment.
The Finale works up to at brilliant and exhilarating finish.
The famous Nocturne is called for by Titania to lull to sleep the poor, weary mortals, victims of the fairies' tricks.
LISZT'S 'Soirees de Vienne,' as he called them, are described as 'Valses Caprices after Schubert.' Liszt has somewhat decorated certain of Schubert's little valses, that have a homely ring in them (they are after the style of the Landler, one of the national dances popular in Austria, Bavaria, and the neighbouring parts of Europe).
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THE daughter of a Dean of Westminster, and the wife of a President of Trinity College, Oxford, Mrs. Woods moved in the most eminent intellectual circles of the Late-Victorian epoch, when poets still wore a Parnassian splendour and (usually) a Jovian beard. No English Laureate has ever played his. part more picturesquely than did Tennyson in his last period, when Aldworth was the Mecca of literary pilgrims, and young poets-more reverent then than now--came to gaze on the noble countenance of the great man and drink in his words. Amongst those admitted who saw him then was Mrs. Woods, now herself a considerable author, who will tonight recall her memories of how Tennyson appeared to a girl.
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