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: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: BRAN TUB

Some Christmas novelties played by the Raebum Orchestra
Conductor, Wynford Reynolds with Charles Smart (organ)

: CAROLS

The Chapel Choir of The Thomas Coram School
Organist and Music-Master,
Aubrey Bland

Contributors

Unknown: Aubrey Bland

: POSTMAN'S KNOCK

In a Lancashire town. on the river Thames, in the country near the borders of Wales and England, and in a children's hospital in London, town and country folk welcome the postman on his Christmas morning walk. He is accompanied in Blackburn by Alan Dixon: on the Thames by Henry Riddell; near Abergavenny bv Alun Williams: and in the children's hospital by Brian Johnston

: Christmas Bells

Greetings from Chipping Norton Parish Church, Oxfordshire; St. Paul's Church, Shadwell, London: St. Andrew's Church, Plymouth; St. John's Church Cardiff; St. Philip's and St. James' Church. Holywood, County Down; Holy Trinity Church, St. Andrews. Fifeshire: St. John's Church, Seaham Harbour. County Durham: St. Mary's Church, Twyford. Hants; and the bells of Bethlehem

: MORNING SERVICE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

From Twyford Parish Church, Hampshire. Conducted by the Rev. J. R. Beynon. Preacher, the Rt. Rev. Mervyn George Haigh D.D , ., Bishop of Winchester
The Bells
Christians, awake salute the happy morn (A. and M. 61: S.P. 73)
Sentence
Confessions; Absolutions; the Lord's
Prayer
Versicles and Responses Venite
Psalm 85
First Lesson: Isaiah 9. w. 2-7 Te Deum laudamus
Second Lesson; St. Luke 2. w. 1-20 Benedictus
Creed; Versicles and Responses;
Collects
Carol: 0 leave your sheep (C.
H. Kitson )
Prayers
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (A. and M. 62; S.P. 82)
Sermon
0 come. all ye faithful (A. and M. 59:
S.P. 78)
Blessing
Organist. T. Tyrell

Contributors

Unknown: Rev. J. R. Beynon.
Unknown: Rt. Rev. Mervyn George Haigh D.D
Unknown: H. Kitson
Organist: T. Tyrell

: MELODIES FROM VIENNA

Light music from the city of waltzes

: THE CURIOUS CAPTAIN OF THE ' GOLDEN RHUBARB '

A story for the children by Cledwyn Hughes
Read by Norman Shelley

Contributors

Read By: Norman Shelley

: SUNDAY PROM

Overture. Carnival (Dvorak): City of Birmingham Orchestra
Violin Concerto in E minor (Mendelssohn): Jascha Heifetz. with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Che gelida manina (La Boheme):
(Puccini): Gigli. with Orchestra
La donna e mobile (Rigoletto)
(Verdi): Gigli, with members of La Scala Orchestra, Milan
Italian Caprice (Tchaikovsky): BBC
Symphony Orchestra on gramophone records

: GARDENERS ALL

A Round-Britain
Gardening Scrapbook for 1949

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: VICTORIAN MELODIES

Heddle Nash (tenor)
Harold Williams (baritone)
Mark Lubbock and his Orchestra
Memories recalled by Freddy Grisewood

Contributors

Tenor: Heddle Nash
Baritone: Harold Williams
Recalled By: Freddy Grisewood

: BBC OPERA ORCHESTRA

Conductor, Stanford Robinson

Contributors

Conductor: Stanford Robinson

: ' A CHRISTMAS CAROL'

by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Philip Wade
Narrator.Derek McCulloch

Contributors

Unknown: Charles Dickens
Adapted By: Philip Wade
Narrator: Derek McCulloch
Scrooge: Carleton Hobbs
Bob Cratchit: Deering Wells
Mrs Cratchit: Betty Hardy
Martha: Cherry Cottrell
Fan: Cherry Cottrell
Belle: Olive Kirbv
Peter Cratchit: Charles Hawtrey
Billy Cratchit: Patricia Haves
Tiny Tim: David Page
Fred: Lewis Stringer
Belle's husband: Charles Leno
Ghost of Marley: Stephen Jack
Ghost of Christmas Past: Ralph Truman
Ghost of Christmas Present: Norman Shelley

: CHILDREN'S HOUR

' How far is it to Bethlehem? '
A Christmas play by Barbara Euphan Todd
Production by May E. Jenkin
Carols specially recorded by the Choirs of the Loughton High School for Girls and Bancroft's School
Piper, Kathleen Blocksidge

Contributors

Play By: Barbara Euphan Todd
Production By: May E. Jenkin
Shepherds: Isaac: Philip Wade
Shepherds: Simeon: Laidman Browne
Shepherds: Zaccheus: Anthony Jacobs
Shepherds: Jude: Michael John
Madelon: Rosamond Barnes
Miriam: Mary O'Farrell
Joseph: Andrew Churchman
Innkeeper's wife: Joan Young
The Archangel Gabriel: Arthur Ridley

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: 'BETHLEHEM'

The Christmas story adapted from the Coventry Nativity Play with music by Rutland Boughton
BBC Midland Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor. James Denny

Contributors

Music By: Rutland Boughton
Conductor: James Denny
The Virgin Mary.: Margaret Field-Hyde
Gabriel: Grace Bodey
Joseph: George James
The Shepherds and Wise Men: Ronald Bristol
The Shepherds and Wise Men: Stanley Mason
The Shepherds and Wise Men: Cuthbert Ford
The Believer: Mary Perks
The Unbeliever: George Gibb
Calchas the Herald: Reginald Gibbs
Herod: David Lloyd

: ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT

Donald Soper invites you to join him in thinking about Christmas, and in hearing Christmas music sung by the BBC Singers with George Thalben-Ball

Contributors

Unknown: Donald Soper
Unknown: George Thalben-Ball

: ALGERNON BLACKWOOD

reads his own short story
The Occupant of the Room '

: WIRELESS FOR THE BLIND

Appeal on behalf of the British Wireless for the Blind Fund, by Sandy Macpherson
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to Sandy Macpherson [address removed]
Twenty years ago, on Christmas Day 1929, the first broadcast appeal for the British ' Wireless for the Blind ' Fund was made, and since then the Fund has gone a long way towards meeting its object of supplying wireless sets, of simple design but good quality, to all blind people in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Eighty-nine thousand sets, including relay installations, have been supplied, but each year the Fund has applications for 3,000 to
4.000 sets. More than 7.000 adult men and women lose their sight every year. Many of them need wireless sets, and in addition the Fund has to replace, year by year. sets that are worn out.
The response to the appeal made last
Christmas Day by the Rt. Hon. Sir Norman Birkett was most generous; it amounted to £31,000. but even then the Fund was only able to meet five-sixths of the need for new sets notified to it.

Contributors

Unknown: Sandy MacPherson
Unknown: Sandy MacPherson
Unknown: Norman Birkett

: SCRAPBOOK FOR 1899

Memories and melodies of fifty years ago
Written by Leslie Baily
Produced by Howard Agg
The pages turned by Carleton Hobbs with Natalie Moya , Selma Vaz Dlas
Elizabeth London . John Richmond
Gerik Schjelderup. James Mills
Paul Martin. Arthur Hill
David Aylmer , Joseph O'Conor
David Page
Singers:
Billie Baker. Denis Bowen
Horace Percival
Incidental music and arrangements by Leo Wurmser
Section of the London Symphony Orchestra
(Leader. George Stratton ) and Chorus
Conducted by Leo Wurmser
Kathleen O'Hagan (piano)

Contributors

Written By: Leslie Baily
Produced By: Howard Agg
Turned By: Carleton Hobbs
Unknown: Natalie Moya
Unknown: Selma Vaz Dlas
Unknown: Elizabeth London
Unknown: John Richmond
Unknown: Gerik Schjelderup.
Unknown: James Mills
Unknown: Paul Martin.
Unknown: Arthur Hill
Unknown: David Aylmer
Unknown: Joseph O'Conor
Singers: David Page
Singers: Billie Baker.
Singers: Denis Bowen
Singers: Horace Percival
Arrangements By: Leo Wurmser
Leader: George Stratton
Conducted By: Leo Wurmser
Piano: Kathleen O'Hagan

: RECITAL

Campoli (violin)
Eric Gritton (piano)

Contributors

Violin: Campoli
Piano: Eric Gritton

: THE EPILOGUE

'Herein is love'
Psalm 85
1 John 4, vv. 7-21
Love came down at Christmas (S.P.
92)
1 John 4. v. 14
O Jesu so meek








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