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: A Light Orchestral Programme

Relayed from the National Museum of Wales

National Orchestra of Wales

The Suite, one of Debussy's earlier compositions, was written as a Pianoforte Duet, and later arranged for Orchestra by Henri Busser. It has four Movements - first a gently swaying Barcarolle entitled Boating; then a Procession, a Minuet, and lastly a Ballet, a lively, very rhythmic dance.

In 1880, Tchaikovsky paid a visit to Italy, and was pleased with the popular tunes ho heard people singing there. Some of them he worked up into this 'Fantasia' (as he called it) - a piece in the cheerful spirits of peasants in rude health.
The opening military 'call' is a reminiscence of the music the composer heard when he stayed near a barracks in Rome. Then various folksongs are brought in. The last section of the work consists of a lively Tarantella.

(to 14.00)


Musicians: National Orchestra of Wales

: John Stean's Carlton Celebrity Orchestra

Relayed from the Carlton Restaurant.


Musicians: John Stean's Carlton Celebrity Orchestra

: S.B. from London

(9.45 Local Announcements)

: A Welsh Programme

The Station Trio
Frank Thomas (Violin); Ronald Harding (Violoncello); Hubert Pengelly (Pianoforte)

The Ogmor Gleemen, conducted by John Rees


Violinist: Frank Thomas
Cellist: Ronald Harding
Pianist: Hubert Pengelly
Singers: The Ogmor Gleemen
Gleemen conducted by: John Rees

: The Eve of Saint John

A Comedy of Welsh Life in Two Scenes, by J. Saunders Lewis.
Scene I: A Welsh Farm-house. Late afternoon.
Scene II: The same. Half an hour before Midnight
Time: St. John's Eve, some early year of the last century

Sara Morris, wife of a prosperous farmer, is anxious to arrange a match between her only daughter, Megan, and Harri Richard, a neighbouring farmer. Megan is romantic and recalls how her friend married a shipwrecked sailor who sheltered at her house and who had a goodly sum of money awaiting him. Megan believes that if she lays a meat for the Devil at midnight on the Eve of Saint John, he will come and show her her future husband. If the night passes without incident, she promises to marry Harri Richard.
Note: The author of the play states that the practice of conjuring was frequent in Wales up to the early years of the last century.


Writer: J. Saunders Lewis
Megan Morris: Vera Meezey
Sara Morris (her Mother): Nan Porter
Harri Richard: Ronald Evans
The Tramp: Tom Jones

: Trio

(to 23.00)

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