Played by LEONARDH. WARNER
Relayed from ST. BOTOLPH'S
Prelude and Fugue in F Minor
Seven Short Choral-Preludes for Christmas and New Year
(From the Little Organ Book)
(1) From high Heaven I come
(2) Good Christian Men. rejoice
(3) Let all together praise our God (4) Jesu, priceless Treasure
(5) Christ we praise in duty bound (6) Past is the Old Year (7) In Thee is bliss
Andante (from Fourth Sonata) Enguein E Flat (St. Anne)
'A Londoner's Winter Two Hundred Years Ago '
It is a commonplace thai winters today are not what they once were. You have only to look at the Christmas cards you will receive this year and contrast the pictures on them with the weather outside. Or is it all a fine old tradition that has its roots in nothing more real than our wishes ? Mrs. Richardson, who for years has made a study (both as lecturer and writer) of early journalism, will tell us tonight what conclusions she has arrived at in this matter, by examining the actual press reports of Georgian days.
BACH'S concertos for solo instruments were so often rearranged by his own hand for other instruments that only* three concertos for violin have come down to the present day in their original form. This one in E Major is not only much the most popular of the three, but quite easily one of the favourites among all his instrumental music. The other two are in A Minor nnd in G. All three have slow movements which are among the most beautiful of Bach's instrumental pieces, and while the other movements in the A Minor are perhaps a little more stern than some of his purely orchestral pieces, the whole of this E Major one is joyous and in the brightest of spirits.
CIRCUSES, more than most things, 'are not what they were.' Some would go so far as to say that there has never been a circus since John Astley's famous circus stood behind St. Thomas Hospital in the Westminster Bridge Road. There in a building that was both circus and theatre nightly performances were given that resounded with cannon-roars, horse-tramping, and the noise of battle. There it was that Ducrow, the greatest showman England ever saw, nightly ruled this host with a discipline that was as effective as it was rigid. Dickens has given an eloquent picture of the Circus in 'Sketches by Boz,' and other writers, including Thackeray, have paid tribute. Mr. Willson Disher, known to readers of The Radio Times for his articles on vaudeville and variety, etc., will describe some of the characters that made Astley's so world-famed.
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