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: Lunch-time Music

from the Carlton Restaurant.
(to 13.30)

: An Orchestral Concert

The Station Orchestra
conducted by Warwick Braithwaite


Musicians: The Station Orchestra
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite

: Broadcast to Schools: The Magic Crystal Series: A Famous Siege

Mr. C.H. Driver


Speaker: C.H. Driver

: An Orchestral Concert: Orchestra

In 1880, Tchaikovsky paid a visit (his second) to Italy. He was pleased with the folk-songs, old and new, that he heard, and built this 'Fantasia' (as he called it) upon them. It was well received when first produced, though somo critics declared it to be vulgar.
The piece opens with a Trumpet call-a reminiscence of the military music he heard when he stayed near a barracks in Rome.
The Strings introduce the first of the folk-songs used in the work. After it has been worked up a little, the Trumpet call, repeated, brings in a pastoral tune, on the Oboes, that is piquantly picked out by several orchestral groups.
A new section Moderately quick, begins with a Violin theme, Horns having a contrasting melody at the same time. This is worked for a while, and the opening folk-song re-enters.
The last section of the work consists of a Tarantella, the extremely lively Italian dance that in superstitious days was esteemed a cure for the bite of the tarantula spider. The pastoral tune looks in for a moment on the Full Orchestra, and then the Tarantella is resumed, and the piece sweeps on to its riotous conclusion.

: Afternoon Topics: Theodore Watts-Dunton and Wales

Mr. F.J. Harries


Speaker: F.J. Harries

: Writers of Greece: 11: Theocritus

Miss Kathleen Freeman

As the eleventh of her 'Writers of Greece', Miss Freeman has chosen Theocritus, the creator of pastoral poetry, who, in the third century B.C., wrote lovely poems of nymphs and goatherds, gods and goddesses, which have formed the model for bucolic poets ever since.


Speaker: Kathleen Freeman

: From Arms to Armistice

Relayed to London
The Call to Arms! - and the blood of Britain set throbbing.
Reveille! - and the men of the sword have awakened.
'With hand made sure, clear eye and sharpen'd power
To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping,
Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary.'

The Cardiff Station's programmes of war-time reminiscences have proved so popular that this one is to have a wider audience. As will be seen from the details given above, it surveys briefly the whole course of the war, as it left its record in popular song and story, from the beginning of enlistment to the demobilization.

: From Arms to Armistice: Grace Daniel


Singer: Grace Daniel

: From Arms to Armistice

'They followed the sword that gleamed and sang
They held, they fought, they stood
Where rivers of doom roared black with gloom
Through raging Mametz Wood.'

Donald Davies

'What wonder their glory liveth, who to sorrow bade good-morrow, and filled the gloom with laughter.
A rough diamond - a tender heart.'


Singer: Donald Davies

: From Arms to Armistice

'And he' as the old Ballad says, 'got edication befitting his station'.

John Rorke


Singer: John Rorke

: From Arms to Armistice

They held they fought, they stood, they won...
And then to "dear old Blighty".

Tommy Buys a Souvenir
by Laurence Craven.
The interior of a small estaminet in the fighting area in France. There is a well-worn counter, behind which stands the French girl, pretty and business-like. In addition to her stock of multi-coloured bottles of sirops, liqueurs, biere, vin rouge, vin blanc, etc., she has a small selection of cheap and mostly spurious souvenirs. The Tommy, not unlike Old Bill, is wearing his great-coat, full pack find equipment, and carries his rifle slung over his right shoulder. He opens the door and stands for a moment staring woodenly at the girl. Then she speaks.


Writer (Tommy Buys a Souvenir): Laurence Craven

: From Arms to Armistice

'The "Guerre" is "finie" and with it go Tommy's troubles'

Grace Daniel
Pack Up Your Troubles


Singer: Grace Daniel

: From Arms to Armistice

'The ship's siren once more but this time the word is "Home"'.

John Rorke and Yvette

John Rorke and Everybody
"Now Are We all Here - Yes!"


Singer: John Rorke
Singer: Yvette

: In Merry Mood

The Station Orchestra


Musicians: The Station Orchestra

: In Merry Mood: Yvette (The Quaint Comedienne)

Will Sing About Kisses and also:
"I've Turned Devonshire Down"...T.C. Sterndale Bennett

10.20 Orchestra


Comedienne: Yvette

: In Merry Mood: John Rorke


Singer: John Rorke

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