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: A Symphony Concert

The Station Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

4.45 Oxen-Ploughing Songs
Major C.J. Evans, T.D.

5.0 Orchestra

Contributors

Musicians: The Station Orchestra
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite
Speaker (Oxen-Ploughing Songs): Major C.J. Evans

: Duets and Dialogues

by Dorothy D'Orsay (Contralto) and Frederick Woodhouse (Baritone).

Contributors

Contralto: Dorothy D'Orsay
Baritone: Frederick Woodhouse

: Christmas Comedy: The Catch

A Radio Play in One Scene.
Played by The Station Radio Players

Jim and Margery hide together in a cupboard in the attic of a country house during an old festive game of hide-and-seek.
They are isolated from the rest of the party and find themselves shut in. Unfortunately. Jim sneers at Margery's high-brow taste in literature and reveals the fact that she has previously reviled him for having no taste at all. Love, which laughs at locksmiths comes in and helps them to come out.
Time : An evening during Christmastime.

Contributors

Jim: Murray Carrington
Margery: Mary Wyndham
Dinah (a flapper): Muriel Morgan

: The Station Trio

Frank Thomas (Violin), Ronald Harding (Violoncello), Hubert Pengelly (Pianoforte)

Contributors

Violinist: Frank Thomas
Cellist: Ronald Harding
Pianist: Hubert Pengelly

: Moonshine

A Play in One Act by Laurence Housman.
Played by The Station Radio Players

Pierrot steals weary and woebegone into a dim, narrow street late on Christmas Eve. He leans against the wall of a dilapidated house which stands desolately between the blink walls of factories; Christmas bells a little out of tune are still chiming out the tag-end of a Christmas hymn and a policeman witlr his bull's-eye lantern patrols the street. There is an occasional slow cough from the house, the querulous cough of old age. And between the policeman and the crabbed old man, Pierrot feels discouraged and out of his element, but the moon and Santa Claus take a hand in the business, to the mystification of the policeman and the old man.

Trio

Contributors

Writer: Laurence Housman
Pierrot: Sidney Evans
An Old Man: G. Lynch-Clarke
Santa Claus: Tom Jones
A Policeman: L.E. Williams

: S.B. from London

(9.30 Local Announcements)

: Yuletide Revels in Bath

Relayed from the Little Theatre, Citizen House Bath.
Played by The Citizen House Players
Songs by Beta Tudor (Contralto)

Scene I
A Family now living in Citizen House, a famous ducal mansion, which was originally built for the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos in 1727, by the architect Wood.
The Family consists of:-
They are at dinner on Christmas
Day when the Father suggests that the children should tell tales to illustrate the tokens they have - found in their plum pudding, the ring, thimble, etc; Scene II gives a picture of their home in the 18th century and is called 'The Ghostly Ball', and Scene III describes Christmas in Bath during the 15th century.

Scene II.
The hospitality and prodigality of the Duke of Buckingham were renowned throughout England during the 18th century, and to his house came all the famous people in Bath to take part in the celebrated Christmas Ball. The central figure is James, Earl of Strathmore, across whom falls some hint of the tragedy of Glamis.
Love-making, duels, carousing, mirth and tragedy form the theme of 'The Ghostly Ball,' which terminates as a phantom clock sounds the grey hour of 4 a.m.
(Note. - The incidental music arranged by Mr. B.N. Maslen will be a great feature of this scene. In addition to various compositions by great 18th century Masters, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, many of whom were guests at Citizen House, the programme will include much period music from MSS. and books in the possession of the Civic library but unobtainable in modern editions.)

Scene III
The 15th century festivities at Christmastide are in full swing, such as the Wassail Bowl, Bearing Home the Yule Log, the Game of the Silver Piece, the Legend of the Turkish Knight and the Banquet of the Boar's Head.
Note.-The historical accuracy of the ceremonies has been the subject of considerable research, and they are accompanied by Instrumental and Vocal music of the period.

Scene IV
The last sounds of the Mummers' party have died away and the 20th century family comes back to the microphone to talk over the old customs, while Michael declares that they have had 'all the Christmasses rolled into one', and then Father summons the whole family to the most popular Yuletide Revel of all - the Christmas Tree.

(to 23.00)

Contributors

Arranged and Produced by: Consuelo de Reyes
Arranged and Produced by: Peter King
Incidental Music (Violinist): Mabel Wilson-Ewer
Incidental Music (Pianoforte): B.N. Maslen
Contralto: Beta Tudor
Father: R.N. Green-Armitage
Mother: Dorothy Linzeli
Peter, the elder son: Jack Burgess
Joan the younger children: Therese Tosceano
Michael the younger children: Mark Fisher
Uncle John: Edwin Lees
Aunt Helen: Consuelo de Reyes Footman (Scene II): Henry Benger
James, Duke of Buckingham (Scene II): Edwin Lees
Elizabeth, Duchess of Buckingham (Scene II): Rachel Snell
Lord James Buckingham (Scene II): Janet Moody
Lady Mary Buckingham (Scene II): Beryl Fisher
Earl of Strathmore (Scene II): Harold Cleaver
Mrs. Devereux (Scene II): Edna Millet
Miss Stella Steel (Scene II): Ada Ball
Miss Elizabeth Moon (Scene II): Blunden McEnnery
Sir David Warrender (Scene II): Leslie Collett
Lady Grace Warrender (Scene II): Kathleen Smith
Miss Charlotte Plunkett (Scene II): Eisa Smith
Lady Nellie Grey (Scene II): Nellie Crouchen
Miss Eliza Johnson (Scene II): Phillis Harrap
Mr. John Herring (Scene II): Noel Howlett
Sir Andrew Grey (Scene II): Peter King
Sir John Wayte (Scene III): Edwin Lees
Lady Wayte (Scene III): E. Marsh
Grandmother Wayte (Scene III): Eileen Blunden McEnnery
Mary (Scene III): Phillis Hughes
Lord of Misrule (Scene III): Peter King
Nurse (Scene III): Rachel Snell
Jester (Scene III): Reginald Dann
Turkish Knight (Scene III): Noel Howlett
Leader of the Mummers (Scene III): Arthur Rawlings
St. George (Scene III): Leslie Collett
Father Christmas (Scene III): Ralph Benger








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