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: NEWS

and summary of today's programmes for the Forces

: ' BING TIME

A weekly ration of records made by America's Crooner Number One

: LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS!

A thought for today

: NEWS

followed by Programme Parade
Some details about today's programmes

: THE KITCHEN FRONT

A talk about what to eat and how to cook it, by ' Gert and Daisy'

: POPULAR TUNES

played by Harry Evdns and his Sextette Intime
From an hotel in the South

Contributors

Played By: Harry Evdns

: JAMES BELL

at the theatre organ
Greetings
Homeland (selection)

: SWING IT !

Some records of good jazz

: GRIMETHORPE COLLIERY BAND

Conductor, W. Foster (Cornet duettists, W. Moore and J. North )

Contributors

Conductor: W. Foster
Unknown: W. Moore
Unknown: J. North

: THE DAILY SERVICE

from p. 53 of ' New Every Morning ' and p. 58 of ' Each Returning Day '

: FAVOURITE SONGS

on gramophone records
Stuart Robertson (bass-baritone)
George Baker (baritone)
Peter Dawson (bass-baritone)

Contributors

Bass-Baritone: Stuart Robertson
Baritone: George Baker
Bass-Baritone: Peter Dawson

: CHRISTMAS EVE IN THE KITCHEN

Alice Hooper Beck

Contributors

Unknown: Alice Hooper Beck

: WINTER GARDEN ORCHESTRA

Under the direction of Tom Jenkins

Contributors

Unknown: Tom Jenkins

: GERALDO

and his Orchestra

: OUL' BARNEY

presents some Irish music played by ' R. L. O'Mealy (Uillean Pipes) and Leo Gjnley (fiddler)

Contributors

Played By: R. L. O'Mealy
Played By: Leo Gjnley

: HARRY FRYER

and his Orchestra with Tom Burke ORCHESTRATOM BURKE AND ORCHESTRA ORCHESTRATOM BURKE AND ORCHESTRAORCHESTRA

Contributors

Unknown: Tom Burke

: THE MANCHESTER TUESDAY MIDDAY SOCIETY'S CONCERT

A programme of Christmas music by the Sale and District Musical
Society
Conductor, Alfred Higson

Contributors

Conductor: Alfred Higson

: PORGY AND BESS'

Excerpts from the-Negro opera by George Gershwin based on the book
' Porgy ' by Du Bose Heywood
Lawrence Tibbett and Helen Jepson with chorus and orchestra under the direction of Alexander Smallens
Recorded under the supervision of the composer
Narrator, Tom Chalmers
Presented by Leslie Perowne

Contributors

Unknown: George Gershwin
Unknown: du Bose Heywood
Unknown: Lawrence Tibbett
Unknown: Helen Jepson
Unknown: Alexander Smallens
Narrator: Tom Chalmers
Presented By: Leslie Perowne

: 'VIOLINS GOT SIXPENCES'

A tale about past Christmases, by Kevin Fitzgerald

Contributors

Unknown: Kevin Fitzgerald

: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

from a college chapel upon Christmas Eve, 1940
Processional Hymn: Once in Royal David's city
The Bidding Prayer
Invitatory Carol: O little Town of Bethlehem (Walford Davies)
First Lesson: Genesis iii, 8-15. God announceth in the Garden of Eden that the seed of woman shall bruise the serpent's head
Reader, A chorister
Carols: Past three o'clock (London Waits; Refrain, trad.), Ding Dong! Merrily on high (French, 1588)
Second Lesson: Genesis xxii, 15-18.
God promiseth to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall all nations of the earth be blessed
Reader, A choral scholar
Carol: The holly and the ivy (traditional French)
Third Lesson: Isaiah ix, 2, 6, 7.
Christ's birth and kingdom are foretold by Esias
Reader, The organist
Carol: God rest you, merry gentlemen (traditional English)
Fourth Lesson: Micah v, 2, 3, 4.
The prophet Micah foreseeth the glory of little Bethlehem
Reader, A Fellow
Carol: Christ was born on Christmas Day (16th century Swedish)
Fifth Lesson: St. Luke i, 26-33 and 38. The Angel Gabriel visiteth the Blessed Virgin Mary
Reader, The Vice-Provost
Carol: There stood in Heav'n a linden tree (German, 1420)
Sixth Lesson: St. Matthew i, 18-23.
St. Matthew telleth of Christ's Holy Birth
Reader, A Free Church Minister
Carol: While shepherds watched (Este's Psalter, 1592)
Seventh Lesson: St. Luke ii, 8-16.
The Shepherds go unto the Manger
Reader, The Mayor's chaplain
Carols: Shepherds in the field abiding (Old carol of Lorraine)
I saw a fair maiden (20th century, Peter Warlock)
Eighth Lesson, St. Matthew ii, 1-11.
The Wise Men are led by the Star to Jesus
Reader, A representative of Eton College
Carol: In Dulci Jubilo (14th century German)
Ninth Lesson, St. John i, 1-14. St. John unfoldeth the great mystery of the Incarnation
Reader, The Provost
Carol: O come, all ye faithful (17th-18th century, French)
Collect for Christmas Day
The Blessing
Recessional hymn: Hark! the herald angels sing (Mendelssohn, 1809-47)

: THE PIG AND WHISTLE'

' Hang up the holly.'
Written by Charles Penrose
Produced by Ernest Longstaffe
The Pig and Whistle Chorus and Orchestra

Contributors

Written By: Charles Penrose
Produced By: Ernest Longstaffe
Rosie Jones: Miriam Ferris
Old Granfer: Charles Wreford
'Erb: John Rorke
Farmer Greenacre: Fred Yule
The Squire: Bobbie Comber
Uncle Ben: Horace Percival
Sergeant Evergreen: Charles Penrose

: 'IMPERSONATIONS'

A parlour lark suggested by Morley Adams , compiled and presented by Neil Munro , with Lionel Gamlin as Master of Ceremonies followed by result of the first Prize Puzzle Comer in aid of the Red Cross Penny-a-Week Fund

Contributors

Unknown: Morley Adams
Presented By: Neil Munro
Unknown: Lionel Gamlin

: Y NEWYDDION

ynghyd a Sgwrs ar Bwnc y Dydd
(News and a topical talk in Welsh)

: AWR Y PLANT

(Welsh Children's Hour)
Parti Nadolig
Hen ffrindiau Awr y Plant yn dymuno Nadolig llawen i chwi oil mewn rhaglen o stori a chan. Ar y diwedd bydd plentyn o'r Gogledd a phlentyn o'r De yn cyfarch ei gilydd ar ran eu cydwrandawyr

: CHILDREN'S HOUR

' How the Christmas tree got its decorations '
A North - Country legend for Christmas Eve, by Ann Rivers , with music by Norman Fulton

Contributors

Unknown: Ann Rivers
Music By: Norman Fulton

: NEWS

followed by National and Regional announcements

: MOZART

Quartet in F played by Catterall Quartet
Arthur Catterall (1st violin), Audrey Catterall (2nd violin), Lena Wood
(viola), Johan Hock (cello)

Contributors

Unknown: Arthur Catterall
Violin: Audrey Catterall
Violin: Lena Wood
Viola: Johan Hock

: Scottish Half-Hour ' YULE E'EN '

A programme of Scottish carols, with ' The Shepherds ' a Nativity play in Scots by G. R. Harvey

Contributors

Unknown: G. R. Harvey

: KENTUCKY MINSTRELS

In place of their usual Christmas Party the Minstrels do their best to have a ' do '
Invitations have been issued by Harry S. Pepper to:
Scott and Whaley, Ike Hatch ,
C. Denier Warren , Sidney Burchall
The Kentucky Banjo Team: Dick Pepper , Edward Fairs ,
Bernard Sheaff
Leslie Woodgate and Doris Arnold
BBC Variety Orchestra and Male
Voice Chorus

Contributors

Unknown: Harry S. Pepper
Unknown: Ike Hatch
Unknown: C. Denier Warren
Unknown: Sidney Burchall
Unknown: Dick Pepper
Unknown: Edward Fairs
Unknown: Bernard Sheaff
Unknown: Leslie Woodgate
Unknown: Doris Arnold

: FROM THE HOLY LAND

The Bells of Bethlehem
The story of the first Christmas told to the sound of the bells of the Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem, relayed from Palestine

: 'BETHLEHEM'

A .choral drama
The libretto adapted from the Coventry Nativity play
Music by Rutland Boughton
BBC Theatre Chorus
(Trained by Charles Groves)
BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Scene 1: The home of Mary and Joseph in Nazareth
Scene 2 : A moor at night Scene 3 : The stable
Scene 4: An open space in Jerusalem. The door of Herod's palace in the background
Scene 5: The stable
Rutland Boughton's Bethlehem, though originally written for the stage, is equally successful as a concert production, as its outlines are clear and its texture void of complexities. The libretto, adapted from the Coventry Nativity Play, is full of quaint — even crude — phraseology, which, while it often constitutes a source of anxiety to the performer, is so cleverly clothed with lovely sound that the atmosphere of each and every scene is realised at once.
The Prelude and most of the Interludes are based on old carols, some of which are to be found in the main sections of the work. Bethlehem was first produced at the Glastonbury Festival, which was founded by the composer.

Contributors

Music By: Rutland Boughton
Leader: Tate Gilder
Gabriel: Joan Hammond
The Virgin Mary: Lisa Perli
Joseph: Norman Allin
Jem: John McKenna
Sym: James Topping
Zarathrustra: Appleton Moore
Merlin: Kenneth Ellis
The Believer: Ivor John
The Unbeliever: Dennis Noble
Calchas, the Herald: Dennis Noble
Herod: Henry Wendon

: BILLY COTTON

and his Band
Compere, Lionel Gamlin
Presented by Norah Neale

Contributors

Unknown: Lionel Gamlin
Presented By: Norah Neale

: SOLEMN MIDNIGHT MASS

ftom a Benedictine Abbey in England








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