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: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


The New Casino Orchestra
Conducted by Reginald Kilbey with Jean Pougnet (violin)


Conducted By: Reginald Kilbey
Violin: Jean Pougnet

: The Service of HOLY COMMUNION

for the Sunday after Christmas from the Church of St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich. Celebrant, Canon R. H. Babington , assisted by the Rev. P. A. Welsby
Angels from the realms of glory (A. and M. 482)
Prayers of Preparation
Christ's Summary of the Law
Collect for the Sunday after Christmas
Epistle: Galatians 4, vv. 1-7 Love divine (A. and M. 520)
Gospel: St. Matthew 1, w. 18-25 Creed (Martin Shaw , modal)
Sermon by Canon R. H. Babington In the bleak midwinter (S.P. 75)
Hymns at the Commumon:
Jesu, gentlest Saviour (A. and M.
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (A. and M. 390)
The Lord's Prayer and Thanksgiving Gloria in excelsis (Martin Shaw)
Carol: God rest you merry
Organist and Choirmaster,
T. Bates Wilkinson


Unknown: Canon R. H. Babington
Unknown: Rev. P. A. Welsby
Unknown: Martin Shaw
Unknown: Canon R. H. Babington
Choirmaster: T. Bates Wilkinson


La maja y ed ruisenor (Goyescas)
(Granados): Victoria de los Angeles (soprano), Philharmonia Orchestra. conducted by Anatole Fistoulari
Fifin-e at the Fair (Bantock): Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. Bt. on gramophone records


Soprano: Victoria de Los Angeles
Conducted By: Anatole Fistoulari
Conducted By: Sir Thomas Beecham.


7-New Horizons
Talk by Sir WilKam Hamilton Fyfe
The speaker remembers two days with pleasure: one when he was offered a Fellowship at Merton College, Oxfjrd. and another when he was appointed Head-master of Christ's Hospital.


Talk By: Sir Wilkam Hamilton Fyfe


A weekly review edited by Anna Instone and Julian Herbage
Introduced by Alec Robertson
' Francesco Tamagno (born December 28. 1850),' by Gordon Whelan
'Christmas Carols: 2-For larger choirs,' by Hubert Foss , with recorded illustrations by the BBC Singers
'Music Magazine's Sorapbook for 1950.' by Julian Herbage


Edited By: Anna Instone
Introduced By: Alec Robertson
Unknown: Francesco Tamagno
Unknown: Gordon Whelan
Unknown: Hubert Foss
Unknown: Julian Herbage


Conducted by Basil Wright
12.11 Theatre: Philip Hope-Wallace
12.20 Books- William Plomer
12.28 Radio: M. R. Ridley
12.37 Art: Denis Mathews
12.45 Films: Freda Bruce Lockhart


Conducted By: Basil Wright
Unknown: William Plomer
Unknown: M. R. Ridley
Unknown: Denis Mathews
Unknown: Freda Bruce Lockhart

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


Maxwell Knight introduces two speakers:
Maurice Burton and J. Cox
Produced by Desmond Hawkins in the BBC's West of England studios


Unknown: Maurice Burton
Produced By: Desmond Hawkins

: Opera at Home THE BIG HELLO

Scenes of arrival, greeting, imposing entrances, declarations, and first encounters: Philip Hope-Wallace presents operatic excerpts on gramophone records


Introduced by Roy Hay
C P. Raffill , Assistant Curator of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, talks about camellias
(Continued in next column)
Fred Streeter gives some advice on the week's work in the garden
Leslie J. Taylor discusses laying and other matters of interest to duckkeeipers
Howard Crane describes some apples of good flavour


Introduced By: Roy Hay
Introduced By: C P. Raffill
Unknown: Fred Streeter
Unknown: Leslie J. Taylor
Unknown: Howard Crane


A fairy-tale play for the New Year by Samuel Marshak
Translated by Mtchael Whittock
Music composed by John Buckland and directed by Alan Rawsthorne
Production by Donald MoWhinnie
The Humans: and The Months:
The action takes place on the last day of the old year and the first day of the new year


Unknown: Samuel Marshak
Translated By: Mtchael Whittock
Composed By: John Buckland
Directed By: Alan Rawsthorne
Production By: Donald Mowhinnie
Masha: Margaret Barton
Her Step-sister: Marjorie Westbury
Her Stepmother: Betty Hardy
The Soldier: Charles Leno
The Queen: Julie Somers
The Professor: Dodd Mehan
The Colonel: Richard Williams
The Chancellor: Richard Hurndall
The Governess: Janet Bruce
The Attorney-General: Martin Lewis
The Head Gardener: Ian Catford
The Western Ambaseador: Victor Lucas
The Eastern Ambassador: Frank Duncan
The Young Soldiier: Max Brent
The Animals: The Wolf: Roger Delgado
The Raven: Denise Brye'R
The Hare: Richard Hurnidall
The Squirrels: Janet Bruce
The Squirrels: Ian Catford
January: John Ruddock
February: Violet Marquesita
March: Frank Duncan
April: Allan McClelland
May: Richard Hurndall
June: Denise Bryer
July: Barbara St Ledger
August: Roger Delgado
September: Dorothy Smith
October: Martin Lewis
November: Max Brent
December: Richard George


Ludwig Koch , Colin S. Butler , and Malcolm Smith introduce strange sounds from the world of nature, including the piping of the virgin queen bee, the voice of the midwife toad, and the unusual croaking of the nightingale
Introduced by Brian George
Produced by Bernard Lyons


Unknown: Ludwig Koch
Unknown: Colin S. Butler
Unknown: Malcolm Smith
Introduced By: Brian George
Produced By: Bernard Lyons


(Leader, John Sharpe )
BBC Opera Chorus
(Trained by Alan G. Melville )
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Joan Cross (soprano)
Rene Soames (tenor)
Dennis Noble (baritone)
Music of Berlioz
The Damnation of Faust:
Hungarian March
The Song of the Flea Dance of the Sylphs Marguerite 's Romance
Mephistopheles' Serenade and Dance of the Will o' the Wisps
Symphonie Fantastique:
March to the Scaffold
The Trojans in Carthage:
Iapas' Song: 0 Ceres, goddess fair Ballet Music
Duet (Dido and Aeneas): 0 sweet night
The Fall of Troy:
The Trojans' March
Programme devised by Harold Neden


Leader: John Sharpe
Conductor: Alan G. Melville
Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Soprano: Joan Cross
Tenor: Rene Soames
Baritone: Dennis Noble
Unknown: Sylphs Marguerite
Unknown: Harold Neden


' The Legend of Saint Basil '
A legend of Greece dramatised for radio by Antonia Ridge
' Begins the month. begins the year,
January again is here.
And see from Caesarea Town,
Good Saint Basil coming down.'
Production by Lorraine Davies
On New Year's Eve, Greek children go from house to house singing strange ancient carols in honour of Saint Basil. On New Year's Day, they proudly display the presents that Saint Basil has brought them, just as we do on Christmas Day. Today's play takes you back to the year of Our Lord 329, to Cappadocia. in the land we now call Turkey, to meet a schoolboy who was one day to become the most beloved of all Greek saints.


Unknown: Antonia Ridge
Production By: Lorraine Davies
Narrator: John Darnan
Basil, the boy: Timothy Pollard
Basil, the man: Arthur Phillips
Julian, the Emperor: Ivor Maddox
Mercurius: Norman Wynne
Septimus: Leonard Mayo
Benedict: Bernard O'Brien
The watchman: Diuwyn Owen
A tramp: Donald Wells
Nicholas: Paul Copus

: The Weather

Shipping and general weather forecasts, followed by a detailed forecast for South-east England


London Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, George Stratton )
Conductor, Josef Krips
(Josef Krips broadcasts by permission of Harold Holt, Ltd.)
Tonight Josef Krips is directing the London Symphony Orchestra in a broadcast concert tor the first time since his recent appointment as conductor of the Orchestra. A Viennese musician, he studied under Mandyczewski and Weingartner, and began to make his reputation as a conductor when he was in his twenties. After the war he did much to help rebuild the musical life of Vienna; and since his visit here with the .Vienna State Opera in 1947 he has frequently been an honoured guest among us.
Appropriately, on New Year's Eve, the programme is made up of well-loved masterpieces. The Barber of Seville Overture at once strikes the festive note. And Mozart's ' Jupiter,' his last symphony, represents him at the height of his powers; the finale, in particular, is dazzling in its ingenuity and brilliance.
' Don Juan ' and the ' Enigma ' Variations were the first important orchestral essays of Strauss and Eigar respectively. Strauss was twenty-five when he introduced his tone poem to a Weimar audience in 1889. When, ten years later, Elgar compo-ed ' Enigma,' he was living at Malvern; and the work owed its origin to an evening spent at the piano, illustrating in music the characteristics of his friends.
Harold Rutland


Leader: George Stratton
Conductor: Josef Krips
Unknown: Josef Krips
Unknown: Josef Krips
Unknown: Don Juan


for New Year's Eve, from Wesley's Chapel, City Road, London. Conducted by the Rev. W. E. Sangster , Ph.D., President of the Methodist Conference
Sing to the great Jehovah's praise
(M.H.B. 959)
Invocation and the Lord's Prayer Joshua 1, w. 1-9
0 happy band of pilgrims (M.H.B.
618: A. and M. 224)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
(M.H.B. 611)
Come le-t us anew (M.H.B. 956) Benediction
Organdst. Charles Cleall


Unknown: W. E. Sangster
Unknown: Charles Cleall

: The Week's Good Cause

Appeal on behalf of the Salvation Army. by Richard Dimbleby, O.B.E.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to Richard Dimbleby, Esq., [address removed], or for Scotland to Richard Dimbleby , Esq., [address removed]
The work of the Salvation Army is world-wide, covering almost every phase ot human life. In Great Britain alone there are over two thousand Salvation Army centres with over six thousand fully trained officers at the call of the community. No matter what or where the need is, there the Salvation Army can be found.
Pioneering as it does in social service, the Army has experimented with a unique Home. The Mayflower, in Plymouth. where mothers convicted for neglecting their children are trained in housekeeping and child-welfare.
In addition. maternity homes and hospitals, approved homes and schools for girls, hostels for both sexes, eventide homes, goodwill centres (providing home care, clothing and bedding; mobile and other kitchens) operate in eighty towns and cities in these islands. The world over the same warm-hearted effective service is on call.


Unknown: Richard Dimbleby
Unknown: Richard Dimblefoy
Unknown: Richard Dimbleby

: Richard Attenborough in ' OUR MUTUAL FRIEND '

by Charles Dickens
Dramatised for broadcasting by Mabel Constanduros and Howard Agg
12-'John Harmon brings his wife home '
Produced by Hugh Stewart
(Richard Auenborough broadcasts by arrangement with the Boulting Brothers)


Unknown: Charles Dickens
Broadcasting By: Mabel Constanduros
Broadcasting By: Howard Agg
Unknown: John Harmon
Produced By: Hugh Stewart
Produced By: Richard Auenborough
John Harmon: Richard Attenborough
Mr Boffin: Edgar K Bruce
Mrs Boffin: Vivienne Chatterton
Bella Wilfer: Victoria Hopper
Mrs Wilfer: Violet Gould
Lavima Wilfer: Jenny Lovelace
Eugene Wrayburn: David Peel
Mortimer Lightwood: Arthur Lawrence
Silas Wegg: Carleton Hobbs
Mr Venus: David Kopsoff
Jenny Wren: Ursula Hirst
Sloppy: Basil Jones
George Sampson: Donald Gray
Footman: John Turnbull


A mid-century anthology with Godfrey Tearle , Cecil Trouncer Reginald Tate , Valentine Dyall
Ernest Jay , Edgar Norfolk
Arthur Young, Robert Speaight and Michael Hordern
Narrator, Leo Genn
Commentary written by Christopher Sykes
Production by Laurence Gilliam and Maurice Brown
On New Year's Eve 1950 we are at a half-way house: the first fifty years of the twentieth century are over. Ten years of the half century have been spent in warfare between the enemies and the defenders of human freedom. The enemies who took arms against our ideal have been defeated, but freedom is not yet safe. What is this ideal to which we have dedicated such sacrifices? From the literature and oratory of the world, certain statements of this majestic and elusive theme are recalled.
(Cecil Trouncer is appearing in ' Ring round the Moon ' at the Globe Theatre)


Unknown: Godfrey Tearle
Unknown: Cecil Trouncer
Unknown: Reginald Tate
Unknown: Valentine Dyall
Unknown: Ernest Jay
Unknown: Robert Speaight
Narrator: Michael Hordern
Written By: Christopher Sykes
Production By: Laurence Gilliam
Production By: Maurice Brown
Unknown: Cecil Trouncer


Conducted by Lou Whiteson


Conducted By: Lou Whiteson


' The Eternal God is Thy Refuge'
Psalm 90 (Broadcast psalter)
Hebrews 11. vv. 1-10. 13-16. and 32-40 Hebrews 12. vv. l-2a Awake, our souls! Away our fears!
(S.P. 451)
Isarah 40. w. 28-31


(Leader, Maurice Clare )
Conductor, Boyd Neel


Leader: Maurice Clare
Conductor: Boyd Neel


with Robert Donat including a reading from
Tennyson's ' In Memoriam '
Produced by D. G. Bridson
At midnight the chimes of Big Ben announce the arrival of 1951 A toast to the New Year by Robert Donat


Unknown: Robert Donat
Produced By: D. G. Bridson
Unknown: Robert Donat

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