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: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


The Richard Crean Orchestra with Eileen and Joan Lovell
(two pianos)


Unknown: Richard Crean
Unknown: Joan Lovell


From the Congregational Church, Purley. Conducted by the Rev. Leslie E. Cooke , Secretary, Congregational Union of England and Wales
Invitation to worship
0 God of Bethel (Cong. H. 55; A. and M. 512)
Prayer and the Lord's Prayer Psalm 46 (Cong. H. 812)
Lesson (read by the Minister, the Rev. W. Andrew James )
Great source of all (Cong. H. 623) Sermon
Through the night of doubt and sorrow (Cong. H. 451; A. and M. 274)
Organist. Richard Aldridge


Unknown: Leslie E. Cooke
Unknown: Rev. W. Andrew James
Organist: Richard Aldridge


Overture. Amid Nature (Dvorak):
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Kubelik
Harold in Italy (Berlioz):
William Primrose (viola). with Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sergei' Koussevitzky on gramophone records


Unknown: Rafael Kubelik
Viola: William Primrose

: Open on Sunday

by Geoffrey Boumphrey.
During the next eight weeks Geoffrey Boumphrey will again visit places of interest in various parts of the country and give his personal impression of them.
His first talk is about the National Gallery of British Sports and Pastimes, in London.


Speaker: Geoffrey Boumphrey


A weekly review edited by Anna Instone and Julian Herbage
Introduced by Alec Robertson
'Music for the Films,’ by John Hollingsworth
' Stephen Storace (born January 4. 1763),' by Richard Graves , with illustrations by Olive Groves (soprano) andJan van der Gucht (tenor)
' What Is Bad Music? ' by John Culshaw


Edited By: Anna Instone
Unknown: Julian Herbage
Introduced By: Alec Robertson
Unknown: John Hollingsworth
Unknown: Stephen Storace
Unknown: Richard Graves
Soprano: Olive Groves
Tenor: Jan van Der Gucht
Music By: John Culshaw

: The Critics

Five experts on films, theatre, books, radio, and art.
Conducted by John Summerson
12.11 Films: Connery Chappell
12.20 Theatre: Philip Hope-Wallace
12.28 Books: Alan Pryce Jones
12.37 Radio: Giles Romilly
12.45 Art: Christian Barman


Conducted By: John Summerson
Film Critic: Connery Chappell
Theatre Critic: Philip Hope-Wallace
Book Critic: Alan Pryce Jones
Radio Critic: Giles Romilly
Art Critic: Christian Barman

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: The Naturalist: 52: Pike

Maxwell Knight introduces the speakers: Norman Weatherall and Gurney Grattan.


Presenter: Maxwell Knight
Speaker: Norman Weatherall
Speaker: Gurney Grattan
Producer: Desmond Hawkins


Gramophone records of well-known scenes from ' The Marriage of Figaro' and ' The Barber of Seville'
Introduced by Norman Del Mar


Introduced By: Norman Del Mar

: In Your Garden: The Jobs for January

by F. Streeter.
In his usual first-Sunday-in-the-month gardening talk, Mr. Streeter deals with the general work to be done in the month, particularly the care of vegetable crops.


Speaker: F. (Fred) Streeter

: Backs to the Land: Poultry

by Alan Thompson.


Speaker: Alan Thompson


Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Gwen Catley (soprano)
Music of Delibes
Overture: Le Roi I'a dit Pas de fleurs (Naila)
The Bell Song (Lakmé)
Slavonic Dance and Variations
Ballet Music: La Source
Love Scene: Variation
Passepied (Le Roi s'amuse) Dans Ie foret (Lakme) Ballet Suite:
Sylvia Pizzicato ; The Pageant of Bacchus


Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Soprano: Gwen Catley
Unknown: Sylvia Pizzicato


' Out into the World'
A modem allegory for New Year's Day by Benedict Ellis
Production by May E. Jenkin


Unknown: Benedict Ellis
Unknown: E. Jenkin
John Tomorrow: Anthony Jacob
Doubting Thomas: Donald Eccles
Mr Advice: Peter Claughton
Conscience: Cherry Cottrell
Guide: Laidman Browne
Yesterday: Richard George
Pilot Reality: Tommy Duggan
First boy: David Spenser
Second boy: Michael McGrath


Our Topic for Tonight' by Hugo O'Hear
Hugo O'Hear is a graduate in Law of Glasgow University and a lecturer in Economics and Industry. The subject of tonight's talk came to his mind after he had overheard a scrap of conversation at a public house.


Unknown: Hugo O'Hear
Unknown: Hugo O'Hear

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: The Last Days of Hitler

A radio report of the last days of Hitler and his entourage, originally broadcast on the eve of the second anniversary of his death. The report is based on first-hand research by H.R. Trevor-Roper, published in book form and arranged for broadcasting by Terence Tiller.
Mr. Trevor-Roper was the Intelligence Officer whose researches in 1945 established the facts of Hitler's end. This programme is based on first-hand accounts, collected by him from witnesses, and captured documents of Hitler and his followers between July 1944 and May 1945.


Research: H.R. Trevor-Roper
Arranged for broadcasting by: Terence Tiller
Producer: Laurence Gilliam


First of a series of Sunday evening piano recitals


For Plough Sunday
From the village church of Marton, Cheshire. Conducted by the Vicar, the Rev. Thomas E. Davies
Presentation of the Plough at the church door
0 God, our help in ages past (A. and M. 165; S.P. 598)
Versicles and Responses
Confession. led by a farmer
Absolution and the Lord's Prayer
Blessed are the pure in heart (A. and M. 261; S.P. 455)
Thanksgiving, led by a representative of the Young Farmers Club
General Thanksgiving
(Continued in next column)
0 Christ, who holds the open gate
(S.P. 593)
We plough the fields (A. and M. 383;
The Blessing of the Plough Prayers
The Blessing
Immortal, invisible. God only wise
(S.P. 535)
Organist, Harry Brentnall


Unknown: Rev. Thomas E. Davies
Organist: Harry Brentnall


Appeal on behalf of the Sheriffs' Fund Society, by the Recorder of London, Sir Gerald Dodson
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to [address removed]
This fund was established in 1807 to relieve cases of hardship and distress among the wives and children of prisoners convicted at the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey) while sentences of imprisonment are being served, thus extendmg beyond the scope of the Discharged Prisoners Aid Society. All cases receive close personal investigation and help is not given in the form of direct grants of money. Endeavour is made to supply what is needed in the way of clothing or commodities necessary for the welfare of the wife (sometimes an expectant mother) or the children, and the maintenance of the home. The progress of cases so helped is carefully watched and the results are almost invariably satisfactory.


Unknown: Sir Gerald Dodson

: The Virginians: 1: In which I introduce myself and my friends, the Warringtons

A radio dramatisation by John Keir Cross of the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Produced by Peter Watts


Dramatised by: John Keir Cross
Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
Producer: Peter Watts
William Makepeace Thackeray: Sebastian Shaw
The voice of Henry Esmond: Andre Morell
George Warrington: Roy Plomley
Harry Warrington: Howard Marion-Crawford
Madam Esmond Warrington: Joan Hart
Mrs Mountain: Ella Milne
Colonel George Washington: Arthur Hill
Mr Dinwiddie the Lieutenant Governor: Duncan McIntyre
Benjamin Franklin: Malcolm Hayes
General Braddock: Sebastian Cabot
Major Domo: Hamilton Dyce

: Personal Pleasures: 1: The Near and Familiar

by Sir John Maud, K.C.B., C.B.E.
This is the first in a new series of talks on the enduring pleasures of life. The talks will be contributed by men and women of varied experience.


Speaker: Sir John Maud, K.C.B., C.B.E.

: Halle Orchestra

Leader, Laurance Turner
Conductor, Sir John Barbirolli
The theme of Reger's Variations and Fugue is the one that opens Mozart's well-known Piano Sonata in A, and is itself used there as the basis of variations. Reger's work was written in 1913 for the famous orchestra at Meiningen, of which he was appointed conductor two years before.
'A Song of Summer' was one of Delius' last works. Based to some extent on an earlier piece 'A Poem of Life and Love,' it was dictated to Eric Fenby, a few bars each day, in 1929. 'I want you to imagine,' he said, 'that we are sitting on the cliffs in the heather looking out over the sea. The sustained chords in the high strings suggest the clear sky. and the stillness and calmness of the scene.' An undulating figure, introduced when the music grows more animated, was intended to suggest 'the gentle rise and fall of the waves.'
Sibelius' Fifth Symphony, originally written in 1915 (though revised later) in response to a commission from the Finnish government in celebration of the composer's fiftieth birthday, is one of the most accessible of his symphonies, despite an opening movement of an unusual design. Its graceful middle movement and the broad, swinging tune at the end seldom fail to enchant and stir the listener. It was with this Symphony that the Halle Orchestra made so tremendous an impression when they played it at the Edinburgh Festival in 1948. (Harold Rutland)


Leader: Laurance Turner
Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
Musicians: Halle Orchestra


' The word is nigh unto thee '
Psalm 119. Part 5 (Broadcast Psalter) Deuteronomy 30. vv. 11-20 0 God of Truth (S.P. 597) Jeremiah 31. v. 33

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