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: Bright and Early

Frank Weir and his Orchestra


Musicians: Frank Weir and his Orchestra

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


. Australia v. England
A report on the third day's play

: BBC West of England Light Orchestra

Conductor, Frank Cantell


Conductor: Frank Cantell

: Lift Up Your Hearts!

A talk by the Rev. T. Nefyn Williams of Pwllheli, North Wales


Speaker: Rev. T. Nefyn Williams

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: Third Test March

Australia v. England
Summary of the third day's play by E.W. Swanton, cricket correspondent of the Daily Telegraph
From Sydney Cricket Ground


Summariser: E.W. Swanton

: Morning Music

BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra
Conductor, Kemlo Stephen


Conductor: Kemlo Stephen

: Recital: West-Country Quartet

Come let us join the roundelay - William Beale
T'other morning very early - Thibaut
Linden Lea; The Dark-eyed Sailor - Vaughan Williams
Eleven Bagatelles, Op. 119 - Beethoven
Drink to me only - arr. Button
Orpheus with his lute - German
Spiritual: Steal away - trad., arr. Roberton
Quick, we have but a second - Stanford


Soprano: Isobel Watts
Contralto: Gladys Jones
Tenor: Reginald Fry
Bass: George Walsh
Pianist: Maria Solimini

: Letter from America

by Alistair Cooke


Speaker: Alistair Cooke

: This Week's Composer

Records of his
Fourth Brandenburg Concerto


News commentary

: The Daily Service

Christ, whose glory fills the skies (A and M. 7; S.P. 26)
New Every Morning, page 87
Psalm 147 (Broadcast Psalter)
St. Mark 1, vv. 1-13
Lead, kindly light (A. and M. 266; S.P. 554)

: Music While You Work

Central Band of the Royal Air Force
(by permission of the Air Council)
Conducted by Wing-Cdr. A. E. Sims, M.B.E.
Organising Director of Music, Royal Air Force


Musicians: Central Band of the Royal Air Force
Conductor: Wing-Cdr. A. E. Sims, M.B.E.


and his Orchestra


Morgan Davies (baritone)
Norbert Wethmar (violin)


Violin: Norbert Wethmar


A record programme presented by Denys Drower


Presented By: Denys Drower

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: Third Test Match: Australia v. England

A summary of the third day's play by Crawford White, cricket correspondent of the News Chronicle


Summariser: Crawford White

: Those Were the Days!

Harry Davidson and his Orchestra
Programme introduced by Frederick Allen
Master of Ceremonies, A.J. Latimer


Musicians: Harry Davidson and his Orchestra
Presenter: Frederick Allen
Master of Ceremonies: A.J. Latimer
Producer: Stanton Jefferies


Conductor. Rae Jenkins
Jean Pougnet (violin)


Conductor: Rae Jenkins
Violin: Jean Pougnet

: Three Yorkshire Stories: 3: Cockles for Tea

by Eric Knight
Abridged and read by John Sharp


Author: Eric Knight
Abridged by/Reader: John Sharp

: Melody Mixture

A programme of light music arranged and played by Jack Byfield and his Players with Joan Bramhall (mezzo-soprano) and Frederic Curzon at the organ


Played By: Jack Byfield
Mezzo-Soprano: Joan Bramhall
Mezzo-Soprano: Frederic Curzon

: Mainly for Women MEXICAN FAMILY

Betsan Coats left her children for several months in a Mexican household. She describes the family, their house, and their way of living

: So Long Live This and this gives life to thee'

A selection from the letters of Dorothy Osborne (1627-1695)
Compiled by Charles Parr
Readers: Ann Chatterley and Paul Martin


Compiled by: Charles Parr
Reader: Ann Chatterley
Reader: Paul Martin
Producer: Kai Healey

: Children's Hour

'The Adventures of Cuthbert and Joanna': a true story by Ruth Davies, told by Elizabeth

followed by A musical tea-party
played and presented by Doris Hibbert

5.35 Going to the Theatre and the Pictures
Eric Gillett reviews some of the new plays and films now showing in London

5.50 This week's programmes


Writer (The Adventures of Cuthbert and Joanna): Ruth Davies
Presenter/Musician: Doris Hibbert
Reviewer (Going to the Theatre and the Pictures): Eric Gillett

: The Weather

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

: I Spy Strangers

R.S. Fitter talks about some of the unusual birds seen in London lately, especially those that were officially reported during 1949.


Speaker: R.S. Fitter

: Jack Coles and his Orchestre Modern


Musicians: Jack Coles and his Orchestre Modern

: My Friends the Braithwaites: Getting Married

[Starring] Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim as My Friends the Braithwaites


Writer: Colin D. Willock
Producer: Charles Maxwell
George Braithwaite: Richard Attenborough
Joan Braithwaite: Sheila Sim
Bill: Roy Plomley
Mrs Bedford: Joan Young
Jack Peak: John Slater
Also taking part: Olwen Brookes
Also taking part: Cecile Chevreau
Also taking part: Sarah Lawson
Also taking part: John Stevens
Also taking part: Ian Sadler

: Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

God Save the King

Overture: The Barber of Seville...Rossini

7.44 app. Songs of Travel...Vaughan Williams
Bright is the ring of words; The Roadside Fire; The Vagabond

7.54 app. Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune...Debussy

8.6 app. Piano Concerto No. 2, in C minor...Rachmaninov

8.41 app. Symphonic Poem: Till Eulenspiegel...Richard Strauss

Tickets from 7s. 6d. to 3s. 6d. (Promenade. Arena or Gallery. 2s. at doors only) may be obtained from the Royal Albert Hall and usual agents
A promenader writes on the early Proms - pages 6 and 7

From the Royal Albert Hall, London, at 7.30
In view of the recent celebrations of the centenary of the birth of Robert Louis Stevenson, three of Vaughan Williams' settings of his 'Songs of Travel' find a fitting place in the opening of the winter series of Promenade Concerts. Vaughan Williams set eight of the songs altogether; they were written some forty-five years ago, and were among the first of his works to make his name widely known.
Debussy spent two years on the composition of his musical illustration of Mallarme's ectogue L'Apres-midi d'un Faune. The dreamy and voluptuous Prelude is a fit musical counterpart of a poem which describes (or rather suggests) the wayward thoughts and desires of a faun as he lies half asleep in the heat of a Sicilian afternoon.
For nearly two years Rachmaninov had suffered from apathy and want of confidence in himself, and at last his friends persuaded him to visit a Dr. Dahl, who was winning a reputation in Moscow at that time for his psychological cures achieved by suggestion. The treatment was successful; Rachmaninov began to compose again and ideas flowed easily. Out of gratitude he dedicated his Second Concerto to Dahl.
(Harold Rutland)

: Look at the Electors' Lists

The Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. J. Chuter Ede, M.P., reminds listeners about the new register


Speaker: J. Chuter Ede

: The Prime Minister of Ceylon

The Rt. Hon. D.S. Senanayake


Speaker: The Rt. Hon. D.S. Senanayake

: Twenty Questions

Anona Winn, Joy Adamson, Jack Train, and Richard Dimbleby ask all the questions, and Gilbert Harding knows some of the answers


Panellist: Anona Winn
Panellist: Joy Adamson
Panellist: Jack Train
Panellist: Richard Dimbleby
Chairman: Gilbert Harding

: Right Well-Beloved Lady

The love story of Margery Paston and Richard Calle of Norfolk based on the fifteenth-century Paston letters


Writer: Barbara Jefferis
Producer: Edward Livesey

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