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: Broadcast to Schools

Prof. A. J. Sutton Pippard, "The Conquest of the Air: Airships."


Speaker: Professor A.J. Sutton Pippard

: The Station Trio

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


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

: Max Erard and his Band

Relayed from the Western Mail Health and Hygiene Exhibition at the Drill Hall.


Musicians: Max Erard and his Band

: The Castles of Bro Morganwg

Major C. J. Evans


Speaker: Major C.J. Evans

: S.B. from London

(9.30 Local Announcements)

: Reminiscences of Famous Operas

Given by The Cardiff Grand Opera Society, and The Augmented Station Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

Faust (Gounod)
Introduction to 'Faust'
Society's Chorus
'Kermesse' Chorus
The Kermesse Scene forms the Second Act of the Opera. Outside the city gates a fair ('Kermesse') is being hold. Soldiers, students and townspeople are making merry.
The next item, the Duet, forms the end of Act 1. Mephistopheles asks the aged Faust what he yearns for, and Faust replies 'Be mine the delight of beauty's caresses'. Mephistopheles promises to restore his youth-at the price of his soul. As Faust hesitates, the devil conjures up a vision of Marguerite. Faust, his ardour aroused, signs the contract, and is transformed by Mephistopheles into a youth.
In Act Four Marguerite, spurned in her downfall by her friends, goes to church, Mephistopheles gibes at her. Valentine, Marguerite's soldier brother, returns with his comrades from the war. He finds Mephistopheles singing a mock serenade to his sister, and fights a duel with him. Valentine falls mortally wounded, cursing his sister.

Il Trovatore (Verdi)
Society's Chorus
Anvil Chorus
The famous Anvil Chorus is raised at the opening of the Second Act, in which the gipsies are at work in their camp.
The Miserere is sung in the last Act. The scene is a wing of a Palace, with at one side a tower. Manrico, the Troubadour, has been seized by his enemy and confined in a dungeon. A chorus within sings the Miserere, and the death bell tolls. Manrico, from his cell, sings of his longing for death, whilst his dear one, Leonora,- utters her fears. If she cannot rescue him, she is determined to poison herself.
The duet comes at one of the most pathetic moments in the Opera. In the last scene of all, the hapless Manrico, imprisoned, is awaiting death. His mother Azucena is with him. Her mind begins to wander, and she imagines that they are free again, and that 'Home to our mountains we yet shall go'.

Carmen (Bizet)
Entr'acte, Act I
Society's Chorus
Smoke Chorus
Finale, Act IV
Entr'acte, Act IV

(to 23.00)


Singers: The Cardiff Grand Opera Society
Musicians: The Augmented Station Orchestra Orchestra conducted by: Warwick Braithwaite
Duet, 'Be mine the delight': Faust: Tom O'Leary
Duet, 'Be mine the delight': Mephistopheles: David Rees
Death of Valentine (Faust): Marguerite: Kitty Richards
Death of Valentine (Faust): Martha: Gladys Perring
Death of Valentine (Faust): Valentine: Frederick Slade
Miserere Scene (Il Trovatore): Leonora: Kitty Richards
Miserere Scene (Il Trovatore): Manrico: Tom O'Leary
Duet, 'Home to our mountains' (Il Trovatore): Azueona: Nancy Grainger
Duet, 'Home to our mountains' (Il Trovatore): Manrico: Tom O'Leary
Soprano Solo, 'I said naught would frighten me' (Carmen): Micaela: Lilian Purnell
Baritone and Chorus, Song of the Toreador (Carmen): Escamillo: Ernest G. Thomas

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