• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Day Navigation



A Running Commentary
Relayed from the launch Magician

: The Carlton Hotel Octet Directed by RENE TAPPONNIER From the Carlton Hotel

2.0 2.25 (Daventry only) Experimental Transmission of Still Pictures by the Fultograph Process

: A Studio Concert

Assisted by 0. FAGOTTI (Violoncello) and E.
Lacy (Pianist)


Selections by the SHEPPEY Boys' BAND
'Lob calls Quits '—to the satisfaction of Barney and Co. (Mabel Marlowe )
Pencils and paper forward, please!
We'd like to have your solutions to another


Sung by MARK RAPHAEL (Baritone)

: A Light Orchestral Concert

Conducted by JOHN ANSELL
MICHAEL WILLIAM BALFE , though counted as one of our English composers, was really Irish, born in Dublin in 1808. At the early ago of six he was playing the violin for his father's dancing classes, and a year later was able to score the dance music for a band. In 1817 ho appeared as solo violinist, and in the same year made his debut as a composer with a ballad which was afterwards sung by Madame Vestris. After several years of varied experience, which included playing in the orchestra at Drury Lane, travelling abroad and meeting Cherubini, Rossini, .and other Masters, singing, too, as an operatic baritone with decided success, he began his career as a writer of English Opera in 1835. For some time he combined his activities in that direction with singing, and among the parts in which he made successful appearances was that of Papageno, in the first performance of the Magic Flute in English, in March, 1838. In 1841 he removed to Paris, where several of his works were produced with real success. It was during his stay there that he composed The Bohemian Girl, the most successful of all his Operas, and the only one which maintains its hold on pubic affection today. He returned to England to produce it hero, and the work was afterwards given abroad in German, Italian and French, in different parts of Europe. From then, until 1864, he was busily engaged as composer and conductor, appearing with success in Berlin, Vienna, St. Petersburg and other famous centres. He received more than one foreign distinction, being a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and a Commander of the Order of Carlos III. of Spain. The King of Prussia offered him the Order of the Prussian Eagle, but this ho was not allowed to accept. In 1864 he retired to the country, and while devoting himself largely to rural pursuits, still continued to compose and to make occasional visits abroad. He died in 1870, his widow surviving him till 1888. In 1882 a memorial tablet to him was unveiled in Westminster Abbey. He had many of the gifts which go to make a successful musician, particularly an almost unlimited fluency of melodious invention, and the happy knack of producing striking effects. His great experience enabled him to use these not only with a fine command of the resources at his disposal, but with an astonishing rapidity in production. He lacked something of self-criticism, however; immediate success apparently counted for more with him than a high standard of artistic value ; the same qualities which won him so much popularity in his lifetime are those which account in largo measure for his failure to gain a really great place among the immortals.
ERIC COATES , a thoroughly equipped musician whose hand is no less sure in music of the sternest order, has used his fine gift oftenost to give us what might well be called ' music of entertainment or recreation.' From the . scholar's point of view, his is all thoroughly good music whatever be it3 subject, even when, as here, ho chooses a beloved old tale of nursery days.
Everybody knows the story, and none can have any difficulty in following it, in Coates' music. Goldilocks, we remember, rose very early and stole out of the house on a summer morning to explore the forbidden home of tho Three Bears. Her curiosity, her wonder at the different sizes of the three-fold sets of everything, are all set before us, and none can mistake the voices of the three bears as they come back to find traces of her presence and finally herself.

ORCHESTRA March, ' The Peacemaker' - Lotter
Overture, ' The Well of Love' - Balfe
ENID CRUICKSHANK So white, so soft, so sweet is she - Delius
To Daffodils - Delius
I will bring you brooches - Anthony Collins
ORCHESTRA Selection, 'Funny Face' - Gershwin
Spanish Serenade - Scharwenka
Phantasy, ' The Three Bears ' - Eric Coates
ENID CRUICKSHANK Red is the Path to Glory - Scottish Song
A Night Idyll - Loughborough
Ecstasy - Walter Rummell
ORCHESTRA Ballet Music, 'Faust' - Gounod

: Mr. PERCY SCHOLES : t ' On Living in Switzerland'

A our readers know, Mr. Percy Scholes , so long music critic to the B.B.C. and Music
Editor of The Radio Times, retired last autumn from Savoy Hill, London, to the real Savoy Hill. He has reappeared from time to time both in our columns and at the microphone : only last Wednesday he ' introduced ' Stravinsky as a ' new friend in music,' and tonight ho will talk about the manifold delights of his Swiss home.

: Dance Music

Ambrose's Band from the May Fair Hotel

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

Welcome to BBC Genome

Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
Continue Cancel