A NYBODY who wants to understand
Shakespeare's plays must, unless he would rather cut the research and plump boldly for ' modern dress,' know something of the conditions of life in England at the time when they were first produced. This series of talks, which will continue on Wednesdays until the end of June, will build up a background to the plays by giving short sketches of life in Elizabethan England, illustrated by readings from the works of Shakespeare himself and his contemporaries. This afternoon Mr. Stobart and Miss Somerville will start by discussing what is known of Shake speare's own life-which is, as a matter of fact, not very much.
To the naturalist, the most ordinary garden in the British Isles is a miniature Zoo, full of interesting creatures whose lives and habits well repay study, although the largest of them may be no bigger than a toad. Spiders and worms, ants, frogs, earwigs and bees are all fascinating when one comes to know a little about their qualities, and listeners to Mr. Daglish's talks may be assured that lie has many curious things to tell about all these mysterious denizens in our domestic air, shrubs and soil.
'Hedges and Hollyhocks'
Wherein we resort to the Garden
HELEN ALSTON will sing of the ' Wallflower Bed,' ' The Optimist,' and other suitable subjects MURIEL NEWELL will support her with a short chat about ' Garden-flowers and Sun-Dials '
There will also be a story called ' In those Days' (Eleanor Farjeon ), which tells of a flower that was dear to the heart of a Queen.
: Chemistry in Daily Life '
—I, Air and the Elements.' S.B. from Plymouth
CHEMISTRY is otio of the subjects that nearly all schoolboys enjoy, and it is one of the grudges that the older generation have against their own schooldays that it was not then included in a normal general education. In this series of talks Dr. Glcsstone (who is Lecturer in Chemistry at the University College of the South-West, Exeter) will introduce his listeners to the most interesting aspect of chemistry— the science of actual fact. This evening he will review different theoriesof air and of the elements, real and supposed, as held by scientists from the time of Aristotle to the present day, and he will talk about the mixture of gas's, familiar and obscure, that goes to make the air we breathe.
CLAPHAM and DWYER and HARRY HEMSLEY 'S CHILDREN
In ' BABES IN THE WOOD '
A Burlesque Pantomime written by HARRY HEMSLEY
HENRI LEONI (Tenor)
JESSIE MATTHEWS (Light Songs)
TOM CLARE (at the Piano)
DESLYS and CLARK (Syncopated Harmony)
THE B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA
Personally conducted by JACK PAYNE
WILLIAM PRIMROSE (Violin) FRIDA KINDLER (Pianoforte) HERBERT HEYNER (Baritone)
VIVALDI'S fame rested, in his day (the early eighteenth century), chiefly on his virtuosity.
Later generations esteemed him more as a composer who developed the Concerto form not a little. Ho wrote about eighty Concertos, in all of which the Violin plays a leading part.
BERNARD VAN DIEREN (born in Holland in 1884 of a Dutch father and a French mother) began scientific studies, and then turned to music. Another of his later interests is art; he has written a book on the work of Epstein, the sculptor. He has for nearly twenty years lived in England. His works include a Symphony for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, based on Chinese poems, a light Opera, various works for chamber Orchestra, recitations with String Quartet accompaniment, songs, and chamber music.
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