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: A Light Symphony Concert

Relayed from the National Museum of Wales.

'The Italian Symphony', wrote the twenty-one-year-old Mendelssohn to his sisters,
'will be the gayest thing I have yet done'. He seems to have been hugely enjoying an Italian tour at that time, and the Symphony certainly agrees well in its spirit with his ecstatic descriptions of his travels.
The First Movement, quick and active, full of youthful joy, was written in Rome, as also was the Last Movement. This Finale perhaps represents the spirit of the Mid-Lent Carnival which Mendelssohn saw when he was there. At any rate, the chief tunes are all typical lively Italian dance-tunes.

: Lyndon Harries: A Humorous Recital


Comedian: Lyndon Harries

: The Children's Hour

Stories from Dickens: "Nicholas Nickleby": IV

"The Wonderful Ingredient," by Stephen Southwold.


Writer (The Wonderful Ingredient): Stephen Southwold

: An Organ Recital

Relayed from the New Palace Theatre, Bristol.

: Beasts, Reptiles and Poets - Part III

F. W. Harvey


Speaker: F.W. Harvey

: Ida Crispi

Assisted by Jack Vincent
The Revue Artists


Performer: Ida Crispi
Assistant: Jack Vincent

: S.B. from London

(9.35 Local Announcements)

: Radio Revelations

or Hidden History Unearthed
by the Dean of Llandaff

I. A Nightmare Nature Study, 50,000B.C
II. Contemporary Sport - A Running Commentary, A.D. 1066
III. Foreign Stations, A.D. 1493.
IV. Copyright Reserved, A.D. 1588.
V. 'If music be the food of love, play on,' A.D. 1663.
VI. 'One man's meat,' A.D. 1928.

If radio were fifty thousand years old - if we could pick up on our own sets some of the programmes broadcast at great moments in our history - what an interesting evening we could have! In tonight's programme the Dean of Llandaff will give us the next best thing. We shall hear the skin-clad announcer talking of brontosauri and mastodons at first hand - a running commentary on the Battle of Hastings - a news bulletin on the day of the Armada - and various other glimpses of our varied past.

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