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: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


The New Casino Orchestra
Conducted by Reginald Kilbey with Marie Korchinska (harp)


Conducted By: Reginald Kilbey
Harp: Marie Korchinska

: Work in Hand: 1: In the Suburbs of Paris

Three pictures of the Church in the world today

Father Herbert Keldany describes the work being carried on by Father Michonneau, Cure of St. Pierre and St. Paul, the Parish Church of Colombes, Seine.
Madeleine Tainturier, one of Father Michonneau's staff, discusses the activities of the church in a recorded interview with Father Agnellus Andrew.
An act of worship from Campion House, Osterley, conducted by Father C. Tigar, S.J.
The act of worship includes prayers translated from those used at Colombes.

J. Ormerod Greenwood writes on page 5


Presenter: Father Herbert Keldany
Interviewee: Madeleine Tainturier
Interviewer: Father Agnellus Andrew
Service conducted by: Father C. Tigar

: Sunday-Morning Prom

Symphony No. 41 in C (Jupiter) (Mozart): Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, Bt.
Pavane (Faure): Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, conducted by Charles Munch
Symphony No. 4, in A (Roussel): Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan
on gramophone records


8-Escape from Russia by Sir Paul Dukes
After the first world war Sir Paul Dukes was for a time head of the British Secret Service in Russia. He describes the day he made his escape from the Red Army.


Unknown: Sir Paul Dukes
Unknown: Sir Paul Dukes

: Music Magazine

A weekly review edited by Anna Instone and Julian Herbage
Introduced by Alec Robertson
'The Winter Proms,' by Herbert Murrill
'Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (born January 12, 1876),' by Dennis Arundell
'Music Twenty-five Years Ago,' by Boyd Neel


Editor: Anna Instone
Editor: Julian Herbage
Presenter: Alec Robertson
Speaker: Herbert Murrill
Speaker: Dennis Arundell
Speaker: Boyd Neel


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


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

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


General Number from Wales
Introduced by William Aspden
Produced by Nan Davies


Introduced By: William Aspden
Produced By: Nan Davies

: Opera at Home CALL OF THE EAST

The perennial appeal of the east and the exotic for operatic composers, also the charm of the south, the pull of the north, and the fascination of the far west
Operatic excerpts on records
Presented by Philip Hope-Wallace


Presented By: Philip Hope-Wallace

: Home Grown

A programme of practical and scientific interest to gardeners and stock-keepers
Introduced by Roy Hay
'Pigeon Fancying': Major W.H. Osman gives some hints about making a start
Frank Barker offers some suggestions for the alpine house
Archie Balfour recommends some flower seeds
Fred Streeter gives some advice on the week's work in the garden


Presenter: Roy Hay
Speaker: Major W. H. Osman
Speaker: Frank Barker
Speaker: Archie Balfour
Speaker: Fred Streeter

: Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies and Anton Walbrook in 'HAPPY AND GLORIOUS'

by Laurence Housman
Adapted for broadcasting by John Watt
(Continued in next column)
Other parts played by Susan Richards. Joan Matheson , Marjorie Westbury. David Peel , Malcolm Hayes. Hamilton Dyce . Bryan Powley , and Harry Hutchinson
Produced by Hugh Stewart
The scenes used in ' Happy and Glorious have been taken from the following collections of plays by Laurence Housman : ' Happy and Glorious '; ' Gracious Majesty '; ' Golden Sovereign.'


Unknown: Laurence Housman
Broadcasting By: John Watt
Played By: Susan Richards.
Played By: Joan Matheson
Played By: Marjorie Westbury.
Played By: David Peel
Played By: Malcolm Hayes.
Played By: Hamilton Dyce
Unknown: Bryan Powley
Unknown: Harry Hutchinson
Produced By: Hugh Stewart
Unknown: Laurence Housman
Prince Albert: Anton Walbrook
Queen Victoria: Gwen Ffrangcon-Daivies
Baron Stockmar: Henry Oscar
The Duke of Sussex: Michael Logan
Lord Greville: Leslie Perrins
King of Hanover: Eric Anderson
Archbishop of Canterbury: Martin Lewis
Duchess of Kent: Joan Clement Scott
The Duchess: Mabel Terry-Lewis
Lady Jane: Mary Jones
Baroness Lehzen: Gladys Spencer
Lord Aberdeen: Wilfrid Walter
General Grey: Arthur Bush
The Intruder: Victor Maddern
Head Nurse: Nell Ballantyne
Narrator: Donald Fergusson

: Ring Up the Curtain

Joan Hammond (soprano)
Marion Studholme (soprano)
Elizabeth Eriksson (soprano)
Barbara Howitt (mezzo-soprano)
Marko Rothmuller (baritone)
BBC Opera Orchestra (Leader, John Sharpe)
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

Excerpts from Massenet's opera "Thais":
Voila donc la terrible cite!
Qui te fait si severe
Je suis seule
Pere, Dieu m'a parle par ta voix
O messager de Dieu

Programme devised by Harold Neden
(Marion Studholme broadcasts by permission of the Governors of Sadler's Wells; Marko Rothmuller, of the General Administrator of the Covent Garden Opera Trust)


Soprano: Joan Hammond
Soprano: Marion Studholme
Soprano: Elizabeth Eriksson
Mezzo-Soprano: Barbara Howitt
Baritone: Marko Rothmuller
Musicians: BBC Opera Orchestra
Leader: John Sharpe
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite
Programme devised by: Harold Neden

: Children's Hour

'Open the Door'
A play for Epiphany suggested by an old Russian folk tale
Written for broadcasting by Muriel Hardill

5.30 'The Wonderful Picture': an Italian legend of the fifteenth century. Told by Stella Ferrari


Writer (Open the Door): Muriel Hardill
Producer (Open the Door): Herbert Smith
Storyteller: George Hagan
Old woman: Betty Hardy
Jackdaw: Norman Somers
Cat: Geoffrey Banks
Goat: Mildred Dyson
Traveller: Fred Fairclough
Shepherd: Joe Hancock
Child: Ann Craig
Young woman: Rosalie Williams
Storyteller (The Wonderful Picture): Stella Ferrari

: Rising Prices

E.C.H. Jones, O.B.E., Secretary of the National Savings Committee, faces this difficult problem


Speaker: E.C.H. Jones

: The Weather

Shipping and general weather forecasts. followed by a detailed forecast for South-East England

: Sunday Symphony Concert

Campoli (violin)
BBC Scottish Orchestra (Leader, J. Mouland Begbie)
Conductor, Ian Whyte

Symphony No.4, in A (The Italian) - Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in G (K.216) - Mozart
Symphony No.3 - Rubbra

Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony was the outcome of a visit to Italy in 1830 when he was twenty-one. It was first performed at a Philharmonic Concert in London three years later, when it was conducted by the composer.
In 1775, when he was nineteen, Mozart composed five violin concertos, with a view to playing them himself in his capacity as Konzertmeister (or, as we should say, leader of the orchestra) at the Court of the Archbishop of Salzburg. No. 3, in G, is a particularly delightful example of his youthful, yet already assured, style.
After the first performance of Rubbra's Third Symphony, by the Halle Orchestra, in December 1940, a distinguished musician wrote to the composer, congratulating him. 'Now and again,' he said, 'there comes a work with the power to make one fall in love with music all over again. In such a mood I found myself when listening to your symphony.' It consists of four movements, the last of which is a theme with seven variations and a fugue.
(Harold Rutland)


Leader: J. Mouland Begbie
Conductor: Ian Whyte

: Plough Sunday

Evening Service from the village church of All Saints, Londesborough, Yorkshire. Conducted by the Rector, the Rev. G.C. Roodhouse

All people that on earth do dwell (A. and M. 166)
Confession and Absolution
Versicles and Responses
Psalm 126
Isaiah 28. vv. 23-29 (read by a young farmer)
St. Luke 8. vv. 4-15 (read by a farmer)
Nunc dimittis
The Blessing of the Plough
O God, our help in ages past (A. and M. 165)
The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended (A. and M. 477)


Service conducted by: Rev. G.C. Roodhouse
Organist: Lilian Wreghitt

: The Week's Good Cause

Appeal on behalf of Family Service Units, by the Viscount Samuel, P.C., G.C.B., G.B.E.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to [Address removed]

Family Service Units is a pioneer organisation devoted to rehabilitation work among 'problem families,' families who because of adverse circumstances and personal difficulties have lost the will-power, perhaps even the wish, to maintain decent standards of home and child care. Child neglect is characteristic of these families. The children suffer the worst consequences of the squalid home conditions.
Government welfare schemes do not meet all the needs of these families and a special service is required. Family Service Units provides such a service. Friendship is the foundation of the work. The workers establish an intimate personal relationship with each family and attempt by every means in their power, including practical work in the home - cleaning, decorating, child care - to rebuild family life.


Speaker: Viscount Samuel

: The Life and Death of 'The Mayor of Casterbridge': 1: The Sale of a Wife

A story of a man of character by Thomas Hardy
Dramatised for broadcasting by Desmond Hawkins
Music composed for the serial by Ralph Vaughan Williams
BBC West of England Light Orchestra
Conducted by Reginald Redman
Produced by Owen Reed in the BBC's West of England studios


Author: Thomas Hardy
Dramatised by: Desmond Hawkins
Music composed by: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Musicians: BBC West of England Light Orchestra
Conductor: Reginald Redman
Producer: Owen Reed
Elizabeth-Jane: Barbara Jefford
Susan Henchard: Beatrice Bevan
Michael Henchard: Hedley Goodall
The Furmity Woman: Vivienne Chatterton
Sam: Basil Jones
Joe: Bob Arnold
Luke: Harry Carter
An auctioneer: Bernard Fishwick
Newson: Francis Lunt
A verger: George Holloway
Other parts played by: Roy Berry
Other parts played by: David Habgood
Other parts played by: William Haining
Other parts played by: Norman Kendall
Other parts played by: Millie Bayntun
Other parts played by: Hilda Chaddock
Other parts played by: Victor Fawkes

: Aims and Obstacles: A Manager's Job

by Wilfred Brown
Should workers share in management? The speaker is a manager himself, and is convinced that everybody affected by planning should play some part in it.


Speaker: Wilfred Brown

: The Glory That Was

The story of the line of clipper ships from the building of The Scottish Maid by William Hall in Aberdeen in 1839, by Peter Cook
Produced by George Bruce in the BBC's Scottish studios
(A new production of the broadcast on June 5 in the Scottish Home Service)


Speaker: Peter Cook
Producer: George Bruce

: The Epilogue

'A Light of the Peoples'
Psalm 36 (Broadcast Psalter)
St. Matthew 2. vv. 1-12
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (C.H. 64)
St. Luke 1. vv. 78 and 79
Nunc dimittis

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