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: Russian Pianoforte Music

A recital by Dorothy Hildreth
Elegie - Rachmaninoff
Lyric Fragment, Op. 23, No. 3 - Medtner
Fairy Tale, Op. 20, No. 1 - Medtner
Etude Tableau, Op. 33, No. 8 - Rachmaninoff
Prelude in C minor, Op. 23, No. 7 - Rachmaninoff


Pianist: Dorothy Hildreth

: Lift Up Your Hearts!

A thought for today

: Up in the Morning Early

Physical exercises for men

: Oscar Natzke

Bass, on gramophone records

: News

News and a short summary of the day's programmes

: What Shall We Have Today?

A guide to the foods that are cheapest and best at the moment, by a hotel manager

: Gerald Shaw

at the organ of the Paramount Theatre, Glasgow


Musician: Gerald Shaw

: The BBC Scottish Orchestra


Leader: J. Mouland Begbie
Conductor: Ian Whyte

: The Daily Service

from page 33 of "New Every Morning"

: Alfred van Dam and his State Orchestra

from the Gaumont State, Kilburn, London
(All arrangements by Fred Hartley)


Arrangements by: Fred Hartley

: For the Schools

11.00 Singing Together (Ages 9-15) - Herbert Wiseman
A-roving (Sea Shanty) ; Will ye no' come back again? (Scots Song) ; Old King Cole (Nursery Rhyme)

11.20 Interlude

11.25 World History (Ages 9-12)
The Strange Adventures of John and Professor Wiseman
'The Rise of Islam - The Prophet Mahomet'
A dramatic interlude by Rhoda Power

11.45 Senior English (Ages 11-15)
Book Talk: "Black Beauty", by Anna Sewell - S.P.B. Mais


Presenter (Singing Together): Herbert Wiseman
Writer (World History): Rhoda Power
Speaker (Senior English): S.P.B. Mais

: An Organ Recital

by Alan Gibson, from St. Margaret's, Westminster


Musician: Alan Gibson

: The Merry Macs

Three men and a girl in close harmony (on gramophone records)

: Alan Paul and Ivor Dennis

"In Tune with You"
Melodies for all moods on two pianos


Pianist: Alan Paul
Pianist: Ivor Dennis

: Laugh It Off!

(The Great Specific) sold by Mr. Flotsam and Mr. Jetsam, John Rorke, Rupert Hazell and Elsie Day, and Richard Hassett
The Three in Harmony
The Revue Orchestra
Prepared by Dick Pepper
Retailed by Ernest Longstaffe


Unknown: John Rorke
Unknown: Rupert Hazell
Unknown: Elsie Day
Unknown: Richard Hassett
Unknown: Dick Pepper
Unknown: Ernest Longstaffe

: For the Schools

The Practice and Science of Gardening (Ages 11-15)
The Garden in Wartime: Help for the Asking - B. A. Keen, F.R.S.


Preparatory Concert Broadcasts (Ages 9-15)
Musical scenes and stories planned by John Horton
"A Musical Evening in the Year 1640"
Dramatic interlude by Jean Sutcliffe


English for Under-Nines (Ages 7-9)
Action stories and plays - "Tom Thumb"


Unknown: B. A. Keen
Unknown: John Horton
Unknown: Jean Sutcliffe

: Meet the Melody-Makers

Arranged and presented by Sandy Macpherson at the theatre organ with Hugh Charles and Ross Parker, assisted by Esther Coleman

This is the first of a series of programmes of popular music by British composers in which you will not only hear their music, but meet them personally. Hugh Charles and Ross Parker are the author and composer of such well-known songs as 'There'll always be an England', 'Blue skies are round the corner', 'We'll meet again'.


Arranger/Presented by/Organist: Sandy MacPherson
Assisted by: Esther Coleman
Guest: Hugh Charles
Guest: Ross Parker

: The BBC Northern Orchestra

Conducted by Gideon Fagan


Conductor: Gideon Fagan

: I Like to Remember

W. A. Camkin


Speaker: W. A. Camkin

: A Recital

Campbell Murdoch (baritone)
Dennis Murdoch and Doris Hardcastle (two pianos)


Musician: Campbell Murdoch
Musician: Dennis Murdoch
Musician: Doris Hardcastle

: The Children's Hour: The Babes in the Wood

A Christmas pantomime relayed from The Theatre Royal, Toytown
Effects by the Inventor
Book of words by S.G. Hulme-Beaman


Writer: S.G. Hulme-Beaman
The Babes: Larry and Dennis
The Cruel Baron: Arthur Growser
The Good Hired Assassin: The Mayor
The Bad Hired Assassin: Bert Higgins
The Noble Butler: Police Constable Ernest
The Fairy Queen: Amelia Goose
The Demon King: The Magician

: Curiouser and Curiouser: 1: Who is Mr. Braganza?

A radio-dramatic serial by Norman Edwards.


Writer: Norman Edwards
Production: Val Gielgud
Telephone Operator at Scotland Yard: William Trent
Pamela Kirke, secretary to the Assistant Commissioner: Barbara Couper
Major Blake, DSO (Assistant Commissioner of Police): Laidman Browne
Basil Lutyens (of the Special Branch): Alan Wheatley
Tony Frere: John Robinson
Bastin (his manservant): Philip Wade
Monica Harvey: Lesley Brook
A Voice in the Night: Ralph Truman
Mrs. Agatha Pleeze: Gladys Young

: A La Carte

A mixed menu of light fare with Eric Barker (the Prince of Satirists), Kenway and Young (the modern entertainers), and the Dance Orchestra, directed by Billy Ternent


Comedian: Eric Barker
Entertainers: Kenway and Young
Musicians: The Dance Orchestra
Orchestra directed by: Billy Ternent
Presented by: Leslie Bridgmont

: National Announcements - Regional Announcements

followed at not earlier than 7.10 by Scottish and Northern Ireland

: The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1

Selections from the forty-eight preludes and fugues of Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude and Fugue in B flat (Book 1)
Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor (Book 1)
Prelude and Fugue in C minor (Book 1)
Prelude and Fugue in D (Book 1)
Played by Edward Isaacs (pianoforte)


Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Musician: Edward Isaacs

: The Artist in the Witness-Box: 5: The Royal Academy

A.K. Lawrence with Eric Newton


Speaker: A.K. Lawrence
Speaker: Eric Newton

: Monday Night at Eight

Presented by Harry S. Pepper and Ronald Waldman
The Three in Harmony, with James Moody
'Inspector Hornleigh Investigates' (No. 6 - 3rd series) by H.W. Priwin with S.J. Warmington as Inspector Hornleigh
Anniversary - Memories of famous first nights - Elizabeth Welch
Puzzle Corner - ?? Guess ??
Suzette Tarri as 'Our Ada'
The sixth of a new series by Robert Rutherford and Ronald Waldman
'Youth Takes a Bow', presented by Jack Hylton and compered by Bryan Michie
Singing commeres, The Three Chimes
The BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell


Presented by: Harry S. Pepper
Presented by/Writer (Our Ada): Ronald Waldman
Singers: The Three in Harmony
Musician: James Moody
Writer (Inspector Hornleigh Investigates): H.W. Priwin
Inspector Hornleigh: S.J. Warmington
Guest: Elizabeth Welch
'Our Ada': Suzette Tarri
Writer (Our Ada): Robert Rutherford
Presented by (Youth Takes a Bow): Jack Hylton
Compere (Youth Takes a Bow): Bryan Michie
Singing Commeres: The Three Chimes
Musicians: The BBC Variety Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Shadwell

: Us

The Telephone Trio

: Tunes of the Town

An excerpt from "Who's Taking Liberty?"
A modern pantomime, with book and lyrics by Pamela Frankau and music by Mischa Spoliansky
Orchestra conducted by Muir Matheson

From the Whitehall Theatre, London


Books and Lyrics: Pamela Frankau
Music: Mischa Spoliansky
Presented by: E.H. George
Conductor: Muir Mathieson
Prince Charming: Margaretta Scott
Liberty: Dorothy Hyson
Gretchen (Ugly Governess): Reginald Purdell
Katinka (Ugly Governess): Frederick Burtwell
Observa: Gertrude Musgrove
Neutralus: Warren Jenkins
Lord High Chamberlain: Denys Blakelock
Fairy Godmother: Hermione Darnborough
Evil Spirit: Michael Wilding
Stage Hand: Leslie French

: Beethoven's Fourth Symphony

(in B flat)
1. Adagio - Allegro vivace.
2. Adagio.
3. Allegro vivace.
4. Allegro ma non troppo.
Played by the BBC Orchestra (Section B) (led by Marie Wilson), conductor, Sir Adrian Boult


Musicians: The BBC Orchestra (Section B)
Leader: Marie Wilson
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult

: Decline and Fall

A new play of Hadrian's Wall
Written for the microphone by L. du Garde Peach and produced by Cecil McGivern
Time, A.D. 395
Decurion, Balbus (a soldier), and another soldier (of the first Cohort of Tungrians); Flavius, a young Patrician; Tullus, Military Tribune commanding the Wall; Pythias, Greek Secretary to Tullus; Magnus Maximum, a Roman General (afterwards, Emperor); Eudda, a British Lord of Vaernarvon; Marcus, a Roman Officer; Helena, wife of Maximus and daughter of Eudda; Cyroc, a Pict; Hanno, a Briton, keeper of the wine-shop; Alaric, a Germanic Chieftain


Writer: L. du Garde Peach
Producer: Cecil McGivern

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