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: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: Morning Melody

Queen's Hall Light Orchestra
Conductor, Sidney Torch
William Davies (organ)


Conductor: Sidney Torch
Conductor: William Davies

: Morning Service

from College Road Baptist Church, Harrow.
Conducted by the Rev. Callum Patterson
Call to worship
"When morning gilds the skies" (B.C.H. 166: S.P. 696)
Invocation and the Lord's Prayer
"Creator Spirit" (B.C.H. 178; S.P. 181)
"Dear Lord and Father of mankind" (B.C.H. 357: S.P. 481)
Prayers of Intercession
"We bless thee for thy peace" (B.C.H. 349)


Service conducted by: Rev. Callum Patterson
Organist: Douglas Chambers
Choirmaster: Horace Fuller

: Sunday-Morning Prom

Overture, The Ruler of the Spirits (Weber): Philharmonia Orchestra. conducted by Walter Susskind
Concerto in C for two pianos and orchestra (Bach): Artur and Karl Ulrich Schnabel, with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult
Leporello's Aria (Don Giovanni) (Mozart): Erich Kunz with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Otto Ackermann
Song of the High Hills (Delius): Luton Choral Society and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, Bt.
on gramophone records


Conducted By: Walter Susskind
Conducted By: Karl Ulrich Schnabel
Conducted By: Sir Adrian Boult
Unknown: Don Giovanni
Unknown: Erich Kunz
Unknown: Otto Ackermann
Conducted By: Sir Thomas Beecham

: Travel and Adventure: 2: Breakfast at Villamagna

by Jocelyn Brooke
Villamagna is a small town, or large village, in the Abruzzi province of Italy. This is not a part of the country to which tourists often go, but Jocelyn Brooke went there last year and watched the locally famous festival.


Unknown: Jocelyn Brooke
Unknown: Jocelyn Brooke

: Music Magazine

A weekly review edited by Anna Instone and Julian Herbage
Introduced by Alec Robertson
'Three British Choral Works,' by John Hollingsworth
'Ravel in 1900': an illustrated talk recorded by Rene Elvin
'Bizet's "Carmen" (produced March 3, 1875),' by Spike Hughes


Edited by: Anna Instone
Edited by: Julian Herbage
Introduced By: Alec Robertson
Speaker: John Hollingsworth
Speaker: René Elvin
Speaker: Spike Hughes

: The Critics

Conducted by Basil Wright
12.11 Art: J. M. Richards
12.20 Films: Roger Manvell
12.28 Theatre: Eric Keown
12.37 Books: Malcolm Muggeridge
12.45 Radio: Frank Tilsley


Conducted By: Basil Wright
Unknown: J. M. Richards
Unknown: Roger Manvell
Unknown: Eric Keown
Unknown: Malcolm Muggeridge
Unknown: Frank Tilsley

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: Country Magazine

General Number from Northern Ireland
Introduced by Ralph Wightman
Singer, Wilfrid Green accompanied by The Pearl Ensemble
Produced by James Mageean and Sam Hanna Bell


Introduced By: Ralph Wightman
Produced By: James Mageean
Produced By: Sam Hanna Bell

: Opera at Home: From Rossini to Meyerbeer

Second gramophone programme in the series in which Dennis Arundell describes how well-known operas were received when performed for the first time in this country.


Presenter: Dennis Arundell

: In Your Garden

'Seed Time and Vegetables' by F. Streeter
Mr. Streeter gives some topical advice on raising plants from seed, and deals with the jobs in the vegetable garden during March.


Speaker: F. Streeter

: Backs to the Land

'Rearing a Few Chicks' by Alan Thompson
In this month's talk for the domestic poultry-keeper Alan Thompson , editor of the Poultry Farmer, gives some advice on the cheapest and safest way of rearing a few back-yard chicks, as well as a few hints to poultry-keepers who are not getting as many eggs as they should


Unknown: Alan Thompson
Unknown: Alan Thompson

: Music of Eric Coates

BBC Opera Orchestra
Conducted by Eric Coates
Suite: The Three Elizabeths
By the Sleepy Lagoon
The Dance of the Orange Blossoms
The Enchanted Garden
Knightsbridge March


Conducted By: Eric Coates

: Children's Hour

'The Magic Ear of Corn'
A dramatic entertainment with music composed by Kenneth Pakeman and played by the BBC Northern Orchestra Conductor, Charles Groves
Script and production by Joe Burroughs


Composed By: Kenneth Pakeman
Conductor: Charles Groves
Production By: Joe Burroughs
Storyteller: Noel Johnson
The King: Ralph Truman
His Chamberlain: Eric Phillips
Master of the King's Harvests: Fred Fairclough
Master of the King's Storehouses: John Sharp
The Dwarf: John Slater
Princess Irina: Margaret Young
The old nurse: Violet Carson
The Blue-Bird Fairy: Judith Bradshaw
The Dwarf Prince: Geoffrey Lewis
Michael (the hero): Derek Hart
Blacksmith: Tom Harrison
The Master Shipwright: Philip Wade
The Enchanter: Felix Felton
An Ordinary Prince: Jimmy Miller

: Saving and Spending

'My Goodness: the State, it's Me' by Hugo O'Hear


Unknown: Hugo O'Hear

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


A feature programme written by Islwyn Williams
Produced by P. H. Burton
On April 11, 1877, in the bad days of inadequate safety precautions, a great flood of water broke into the workings of the Tynewydd Colliery in the Rhondda Valley. It led to a dramatic story of rescue unsurpassed in the whole history of coal mining. This programme reconstructs the story as a tribute to the abiding courage and comradeship of our miners.


Written By: Islwyn Williams
Produced By: P. H. Burton


Last of three services conducted by the Rev. J. Neville Ward of Wilpshire Methodist Church, near Blackburn
Theme: The Problem of Prayer
Sentence and prayer
The Lord Jehovah reigns (M.H.B. 58) Sermon
Nearer, my God, to thee (M.H.B. 468;
A. and M. 277, vv. 1-4)
Sermon (continued)
Lord. teach us how to pray aright
(M.H.B. 539; A. and M. 247, vv. 1-4, 6)
Lesson: Psalm 139. vv. 1-14. 23, 24 Prayers: the Lord's Prayer
The day thou gavest. Lord, is ended
(M.H.B. 667; A. and M. 477)
Music sung by the J. L. Riley Festival Choir of Macclesfield
Conductor, J. L. Riley
In this last service Mr. Ward tries to answer listeners' questions about the problems they encounter in private' prayer.


Unknown: Rev. J. Neville Ward


Appeal on behalf of the Woolwich Council of Social Service, by the Rev. J. Scott Lidgett, C.H., D.D. Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to [address removed]
Dr. Scott Lidgett, now in his ninety-sixth year, has held high offices in the Methodist world and in public life; he was a great pioneer in Christian Welfare work and was for sixty years head of the Bermondsey Settlement in South-East London.
He talks about a fellow pioneer going to Woolwich in 1887, the late Charles H. Grinling, from whose work has grown the present Woolwich Council of Social Service. Dr. Lidgett makes this personal appeal in memory of his brother, the late Alfred Lidgett, who was closely associated with the work and served as its Honorary Treasurer for many years.


A radio dramatisation by John Keir Cross of the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray
10—' In Which I Introduce a New Author '
Produced by Peter Watts
The two Virginian brothers, George and Harry Warrington, are together agam and settled in London. Harry finds his new way of life quite different from theyoung rake's progress he indulged in when he was alone in England. One by one he has cut the threads that entangled him in those early days: he has been separated from Lord March and Mr. Morris, the two young profligates who led him astray and caused his brief spell in prison; and last week we heard how his engagement to the Lady Maria had at last been broken off.
As for George, he too finds himself wrapped in a new set of interests since his miraculous escape from death in the French campaign. He spends much time with the Lamberts, those Good Samaritans of Harry's early English days; and is particularly attracted to Miss Theo, one of the General's daughters. He has begun, too, to develop in all earnestness the talent that had filled so much of his time during his captivity in the French fort. He has written a play-in imitation of his distinguished grandfather Henry Esmond. And he has succeeded in making one or two influential friends who might help in introducing his work to an interested management-even, perhaps, to David Garrick himself. The chief of these powerful friends is no less an authority than SamueJ Johnson-and today, among other things, we are to attend an interview in which the sage expands characteristically on the dramatic art in general and on George's own small essay in it in particular.
John Keir Cross


Unknown: John Keir Cross
Novel By: William Makepeace Thackeray
Produced By: Peter Watts
William Makepeace Thackeray: Sebastian Shaw
George Warrington: Roy Plomley
Harry Warrington: Howard Marion-Crawford
Colonel Lambert: Hugh Moxey
Mrs Lambert: Elsa Palmer
Theo: Gabrielle Blunt
Hetty: Juno Stevas
Dr Johnson: Norman Shelley


2—London at Night by Bill Dalton
The Cockney rat-catcher's London is a different city from that seen by the work-a-day world. A shadow slipping round a corner could not be quieter than Bill Dahon as he glides through the kitchens of deserted restaurants, the cells of the empty Law Courts, and the chorus-girls' dressing rooms in the silent theatres. His views of London's river and buildings are seen walking home through the colourless dawn of a grey morning; his memories are of watching his father selling rats for the terrier pits at 4d. a time in Club Row Market on a Sunday morning.


Unknown: Bill Dalton
Unknown: Bill Dahon


BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard)
Conducted by Roger Desormiere
Debussy wrote two sets of Images ' for piano and one for orchestra. Of the three pieces that comprise the orchestral set,
'Iberia ' and ' Rondes de Printemps ' were composed between 1906 and 1909, and ' Gigues ' (the orchestration of which was completed by Andre Caplet ) between 1909 and 1912. The last-named, which now opens the suite, was originally called ' Gigues tristes ' and was intended to give an impression of our own country. 'Iberia,' outstandingly brilliant and colourful, won a tribute from no less an authority on Spanish music'than Manuel de Falla; it consists of three movements, ' In highways and byways,' ' Fragrance of the night,' and ' Festival morning.' Into ' Rondes de Printemps,' an evocation of France, Debussy introduced the melody ' Nous n'irons plus au bois,' which he also made use of in the piano piece ' Jardins sous la pluie.' Harold Rutland


Conducted By: Roger Desormiere
Unknown: Andre Caplet
Unknown: Harold Rutland


' The Shadow of the Cross '
Psalm 57. vv. 1-9
St. Luke 4. vv. 1-15
Be thou my guardian and my guide
(S.P. 100)
1 Corinthians 10, vv. 12 and 13

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