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and summary of today's programmes for the Forces


Records of Evelyn Dall


Unknown: Evelyn Dall

: Lift Up Your Hearts!

A thought for today


and summary of today's Home Service programmes


A talk about .what to eat and how to cook it, by Janet Chance
The speaker this week in this popular series of five-minute talks, which every other listener seems to think ought to be longer, is even better known as Mrs. Rattigan, an old woman in a sweet-shop, who airs her views on life month in and out with such quiet humour and philosophy. If you want to hear her, listen on Thursday to ' Talking It Over '.
Janet Chance is the author of ' The Cost of English Morals', ' Intellectual Crime', and The Romance of Reality '.


Gramophone records of tunes we whistled and sang a year or two ago


Leader, J. Mouland Begbie
Conductor, Guy Warrack
Aaron Copland is one of the most distinguished of American composers. Born in New York in 1900, he studied music in Germany and France. Taking a great interest in contemporary music, he has been associated with most of the leading American organisations concerned with it. Copland is well known to British listeners, for he has on several occasions broadcast from the studio as a pianist and from time to time some of his more important compositions have been broadcast.
He has written numerous works, including a piano concerto, several symphonies, and two ballets. He is a versatile musician in that he has also written for the radio and the film as well as the theatre, concert-hall, and school. One of his latest compositions is the ' Outdoor overture ' that opens the BBC Scottish Orchestra's programme this morning.


Leader: J. Mouland Begbie
Conductor: Guy Warrack
Unknown: Aaron Copland


A topical magazine programme


News commentary and interlude


from p. 97 of ' New Every Morning ' and p. 36 of ' Each Returning Day'

: Music While You Work

played by Percival Mackey and his Dance Band


Played By: Percival MacKey

: For the Schools

11.0 Music and movement for juniors
Ann Driver
11.20 Current affairs
11.40 I Ysgolion Cymru
(For Welsh schools)
Iaith a Llenyddiaeth Plant y Mynachdy gan Elizabeth Watkin-Jones
Rhaglen ddramatig wedi ei threfnu gan Alun Oldfield-Davies


Unknown: Ann Driver
Unknown: Elizabeth Watkin-Jones
Unknown: Alun Oldfield-Davies


A personal choice of records
Presented by Ralph Truman
Ralph Truman is the only BBC announcer with a beard. He grew it for a film part, for though he began as a singer, studying at the Royal College of Music and .making his first stage appearance in the Gaiety chorus, it is as a straight actor on stage and screen that he has made his mark.


Presented By: Ralph Truman
Presented By: Ralph Truman


A ' free and easy ' for all
Liberties will be taken by Edward Cooper , Wynne A j ello, Helga Stone , Graham Payn , Diana Mor rison, Guy Verney and the Dance Orchestra conducted by Billy Ternent
Script by Harry Alan Towers
Produced by Tom Ronald


Unknown: Edward Cooper
Unknown: Helga Stone
Unknown: Graham Payn
Unknown: Diana Mor
Unknown: Guy Verney
Conducted By: Billy Ternent
Script By: Harry Alan Towers
Produced By: Tom Ronald


and his Band with Monte Rey , Paula Green , and Bob Arden


Unknown: Monte Rey
Unknown: Paula Green
Unknown: Bob Arden


1.50 Music-making
Sir Walford Davies
14-Can you think in music ?
2.10 Interval music
2.15 General science:
How aeroplanes fly
2—' Flying an aeroplane ', by Ralph Michaelis
2.35 Interval music
2.40 Junior English
Devised by Jean Sutcliffe
Christmas programme


Unknown: Sir Walford Davies
Unknown: Ralph Michaelis
Unknown: Jean Sutcliffe

: Music While You Work

played by Geraldo and his Orchestra

: Art and the Nazi

A talk by Ian Finlay
In his talk this afternoon Ian Finlay is to throw new light on a rather dark subject and reveal some amusingly interesting sidelights on Hitler's career. For instance, there is the suggestion that Nazism might have been born on the day that Hitler learned that he had failed in the entrance examination for the Vienna Academy of Arts - the Fuhrer's first failure! It is not only the art of painting that comes under scrutiny, but music too, and reasons are analysed for Hitler's passion for Wagner.


Speaker: Ian Finlay


played by Harold Fairhurst (violin)
Hetty Bolton (piano)
Dohnanyi's Sonata in C sharp minor,
Op. 21, was published in 1913. The first movement is noticeably Brahmsian. The second movement is in a form of which Dohnanyi has always been fond: a scherzo laid out in variations. This scherzo harks back in one place to the first movement; the C sharp-D sharp-E motto of the first movement opens the finale ; and the end of the finale also reverts to the beginning ot tne first movement. But the sonata as a whole is a spiritual unity which could easily have dispensed with such devices to clamp it together.


Violin: Harold Fairhurst
Piano: Hetty Bolton

: 'HI, GANG!'

(A 's broadcast) starring
Bebe Daniels , Vic Oliver , Ben Lyon with Jay Wilbur and his Orchestra, the Greene Sisters, and Sam Browne Additional dialogue by Dick Pepper Produced by Harry S. Pepper and Douglas Lawrence


Unknown: Bebe Daniels
Unknown: Vic Oliver
Unknown: Ben Lyon
Unknown: Jay Wilbur
Unknown: Sam Browne
Dialogue By: Dick Pepper
Produced By: Harry S. Pepper
Produced By: Douglas Lawrence


(Studio service in Welsh)
Cymerir y Gweddiau o'r llyfr
' Bob Bore o Newydd '


Unknown: Bob Bore


' Storytellers of Britain', a play by L. du Garde Peach
Dickens and the ' Pickwick Papers'
Cast includes :
Ernest Jay , Norman Shelley , Carleton Hobbs, Jack Melford , Audrey Cameron , Dick Francis , Philip Wade ,
Forster Carlin


Unknown: Ernest Jay
Unknown: Norman Shelley
Unknown: Jack Melford
Unknown: Audrey Cameron
Unknown: Dick Francis
Unknown: Philip Wade
Unknown: Forster Carlin


followed by National and Regional announcements


F H. Grisewood brings to the microphone people in the news, people talking about the news, and interesting visitors to Britain


Unknown: H. Grisewood


with John Singer and Celia Lipton , Phil Cardew and his Schoolmates in swing
Script written by Spike Hughes
Produced by Douglas Moodie


Unknown: John Singer
Unknown: Celia Lipton
Unknown: Phil Cardew
Written By: Spike Hughes
Produced By: Douglas Moodie


2-The defence of freedom
A talk by Barbara Ward


Talk By: Barbara Ward


(Section A)
Leader, Paul Beard
Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult
Eda Kersey (solo violin)
Brahms's Violin Concerto in D is one of the three or four greatest concertos written for the instrument.
It was composed in 1878 when Brahms was forty-five years of age. The first performance took place at a Gewandhaus Concert at Leipzig on January 1, 1879, with Joachim as soloist and Brahms as conductor. Seven weeks later Joachim played the concerto at the Crystal Palace with great success.
Joachim had much to do with the fashioning of the solo part, for while Brahms was writing it he was continually asking for Joachim's expert advice on the most effective way of laying out certain passages from the technical point of view of the virtuoso.
Beethoven wrote four overtures to his single opera Fidelio, which was first produced in Vienna on November 20, 1805.
The overtures are known as ' Leonora ' Nos. 1, 2, and 3 and ' Fidelio '. ' Leonora ' "No. 2 was written for the first production, No. 3 for the revival in March 1806, and No. 1 for a performance at Prague which never materialised.
' Leonora ' No. 3 is undoubtedly the finest of the four from a constructive point of view. The themes upon which the overture is based are taken from the opera itself.


Leader: Paul Beard
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Conductor: Eda Kersey


' Think on these things '


The popular comedy of the last war by Reginald Berkeley
Adapted for broadcasting by Lance
Corporal Sykes
Rifleman Jenks
Mdlle. Juliette Captain
Harry Glenister
Brigadier-General Archibald Root
Lieutenant George Graham
Monsieur Jules Mamier
Madame Denaux


Unknown: Reginald Berkeley
Unknown: Harry Glenister
Unknown: Lieutenant George Graham
Unknown: Monsieur Jules Mamier
Unknown: Madame Denaux


(Religious service in Gaelic)
Ordugh na
Seirbhise Salm lxxxv, 1-3 (air fonn Stilt)
Umuigh Leughadh , Eabhruidheach xi, 32-40
Salm Ixxx , 5-7 (air fonn Steornabhagh)
An searmon: An t-Urr Calum Mac-
Leoid, M.A.
Salm cxxi, 4-8 (air fonn French) Am beannachadh
An t-seinn Ie Coisir Chiuil Ghaidhlig
Ghlaschu fear-iuil-loseph Tormod MacDhonnchaidh


Unknown: Seirbhise Salm
Unknown: Umuigh Leughadh
Unknown: Salm Ixxx
Unknown: Coisir Chiuil Ghaidhlig
Unknown: Tormod MacDhonnchaidh


and his Orchestra

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