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: MORNING MUSIC

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: LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS

An anthology of readings and carols by Olive Gregg and choir of the Royal School of Church Music

Contributors

Unknown: Olive Gregg

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas

: NEWS

O come, all ye faithful

: 'BORN THIS JOYFUL MORNING'

Alexander Young (tenor) and the BBC Midland Chorus sing favourite
Christmas hymns and carols accompanied by the BBC Midland Light Orchestra
(Leader, James Hutcheon )
Conducted by John Lowe
Reader, Anthony Jacobs

Contributors

Tenor: Alexander Young
Leader: James Hutcheon
Conducted By: John Lowe
Reader: Anthony Jacobs

: CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

Brian Johnston visits ' the Jones family' at Dr. Barnardo's Home, Woodford Bridge, near London, and watches the children as they open their presents and Christmas stockings

Contributors

Unknown: Brian Johnston

: Christmas Bells

Greetings from the Parish Church of St. George, Doncaster; St. Andrew's. Plymouth; St. Mark's, Dundela, Belfast; St. Peter's Colchester; the West Church of St. Nicholas. Aberdeen; St. Mary's. Brecon; the Parish Church of St. Edburgha, Yardley, Birmingham; and the recorded bells of the Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem

: MORNING SERVICE

From Nunton Parish Church, near Salisbury, conducted by the Rector, the Rev. W. B. Hughes. Preacher, Canon Eric Heaton
Bells; Bidding Prayer
Shorter Confession and Absolution Versicles and Responses Venite (vv. 1-7)
Lesson: Isaiah 9, w. 2-7
Hark! the herald-angels sing (A. and M. Rev. 60)
Lesson: St. Luke 2, w. 1-20 Jubilate
Creed; the Lord's Prayer; Versicles and Responses
Carol
Sermon
0 come. all ye faithful (A. and M.
Rev. 59)
Prayers and Blessing
Organist, Ernest Fray

Contributors

Unknown: Rev. W. B. Hughes.

: A CONCERT

on gramophone records
Overture, Tantalusqualen (Suppi):
Philharmonia Promenade Orchestra, conducted by Henry Krips
Serenade (Rustic Wedding Symphony) (Goldmark): Royal Phil harmonic Orchestra, conductor. Sir Thomas Beecham , Bt.
Ballet Suite. Souvenirs (
Samuel Barber ): Philharmonia Orchestra. conducted by Efrem Kurtz
Polka (Schwanda the Bagpiper)
(Weinberger): Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Emperor Waltz (Johann Strauss ):
Columbia Symphony Orchestra. conducted by Bruno Walter

Contributors

Conducted By: Henry Krips
Unknown: Royal Phil
Unknown: Thomas Beecham
Unknown: Samuel Barber
Conducted By: Efrem Kurtz
Conducted By: Herbert Von
Unknown: Johann Strauss
Conducted By: Bruno Walter

: * SING CHRISTMAS AND THE TURN OF THE YEAR'

A Call at your Door in carol and custom skiffle and folk song from the seven sides of Britain linked by radio this Christmas morning and joined in Birmingham by the ballad-hunting American
Alan Lomax
Production by Charles Parker
See page 6

Contributors

Unknown: Alan Lomax
Production By: Charles Parker

: Music for Dancing

Requests from overseas listeners played by Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra

Contributors

Played By: Victor Silvester

: GET HAPPY !

Join iii the chorus and sing the songs we all know
A programme of gramophone records

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas, followed by a detailed forecast for the South-
East region

: Ted Ray rings up the curtain on a Christmas edition of VARIETY PLAYHOUSE

presenting Cicely Courtneidge and Jack Hulbert
Harry Worth , Thomas Round
Ronnie Barker , Patricia Hayes
Tollefsen, Julia Shelley
The Western Brothers
The George Mitchell Choir
BBC Revue Orchestra
Conductor. Harry Rabinowitz
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnston

Contributors

Unknown: Cicely Courtneidge
Unknown: Jack Hulbert
Unknown: Harry Worth
Unknown: Thomas Round
Unknown: Ronnie Barker
Unknown: Patricia Hayes
Unknown: Julia Shelley
Conductor: Harry Rabinowitz
Produced By: Alastair Scott-Johnston

: COMMONWEALTH CHRISTMAS OVERTURE

by Malcolm Arnold played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard )
Conductor, Rudolf Schwarz
This Overture has been specially commissioned by the BBC to mark the Silver Jubilee of the Christmas Day Commonwealth programme.

Contributors

Unknown: Malcolm Arnold
Leader: Paul Beard
Conductor: Rudolf Schwarz

: BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

(Leader. Paul Beard)
Conductor, Rudolf Schwarz
Richard Lewis (tenor)

Contributors

Conductor: Rudolf Schwarz
Tenor: Richard Lewis

: THESE FOOLISH THINGS

Remind you of what?
Roy Plomley invites a reply from
Joyce Grenfell , Lady Pakenham
Michael Ayrton , Geoffrey Grigson
Ivan Staff
Wynford Vaughan Thomas
Based on an idea by Nancy Spain
Produced by Pat Dixon

Contributors

Unknown: Roy Plomley
Unknown: Joyce Grenfell
Unknown: Lady Pakenham
Unknown: Michael Ayrton
Unknown: Geoffrey Grigson
Unknown: Ivan Staff
Unknown: Wynford Vaughan Thomas
Unknown: Nancy Spain
Produced By: Pat Dixon

: CHILDREN'S HOUR

For Listeners of All Ages
Francis de Wolff in ' The Little Log Sellers'
A Christmas play written for radio by Margaret Potter and Trevor Hill with incidental music composed by Henry Reed who conducts a section of the BBC Northern Orchestra (Leader, Reginald Stead ) and Song:
' We're going to build a snowman' sung by the Whalley Range High School Choir Programme devised and produced by Trevor Hill
(: a new production of the play first broadcast in the U.S.A. and in Britain in December 1952)
Linda and Peter, the old woodcutter's grandchildren, go to the big city for the very first time, and see preparations for a Christmas they have never known. I never wanted anything until I saw that lovely fairy doll,' says Linda. But perhaps her greatest thrill is when she is taken to the cathedral steps in order to hear part of the midnight service.

Contributors

Unknown: Francis de Wolff
Unknown: Margaret Potter
Unknown: Trevor Hill
Composed By: Henry Reed
Leader: Reginald Stead
Produced By: Trevor Hill
The woodcutter's children: Little Linda: Sian Davies
The woodcutter's children: Peter: Geoffrey Seale
Grandfather: Herbert Smith
The rich gentleman: Francis de Wolff
James, the groom: Fred Wilson
The robin: Doris Gambell
Silas Crump: Leonard Williams
The City Apprentices: Robert Trueman
Scot Finch, and: Jeffrey Denton
The school children: Ian Piper
The school children: Sandra Chalmers
The footman: Norman Somers
The Christmas Fairy: Jane Knowles
The storyteller: John Mead

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas, followed by a detailed forecast for the South-
East region

: Marching and Waltzing

The marches played by the Band of the Grenadier Guards
Conducted by Major F. J. Harris, M.B.E.
Director of Music
The waltzes played by The Raeburn Orchestra
Conductor, Wynford Reynolds

Contributors

Conducted By: Major F. J. Harris, M.B.E.

: BENIAMINO GIGLI

1890-1957
Gramophone records of the celebrated tenor presented by Desmond Shawe-Taylor

Contributors

Presented By: Desmond Shawe-Taylor

: ROUND BRITAIN QUIZ

London v. North Region
Round 3
London:
Cedric Cliffe , Hubert Phillips
Quiz-Master, Lionel Hale
North:
Professor W. Lyon-Blease
Dennis Chapman
Quiz-Master, Gilbert Harding

Contributors

Unknown: Cedric Cliffe
Unknown: Hubert Phillips
Unknown: Lionel Hale
Unknown: Professor W. Lyon-Blease
Unknown: Dennis Chapman
Unknown: Gilbert Harding

: WIRELESS FOR THE BLIND

Appeal on behalf of the British Wireless for the Blind Fund
(Registered in accordance with the National Assistance Act
1948) by Viscount Hailsham , Q.c.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to Lord Hailsham, [address removed]
Of the four to five thousand sets the Fund will be asked to supply during 1958, principally to the newly blind, the majority will be the more expensive VHF receivers now essential for satisfactory reception in many areas. The Fund will require at least C50,000 to meet this need, and once more relies on the generosity of listeners.

Contributors

Unknown: Viscount Hailsham

: ORCHESTRAL CONCERT

Use Hollweg (soprano)
David Oistrakh (violin)
The Beecham Choral Society on gramophone records
Overture, The Silken Ladder (Rossini): Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Alceo Galliera
Violin Concerto No. 1, in G minor
(Bruch): David Oistrakh (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lovro von Matacic
Music from Peer Gynt (Grieg):
Use Hollweg (soprano), The Beecham Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham. Bt.
LaValse (Ravel): Philadelphia Orchestra, conductor, Eugene Ormandy

Contributors

Violin: David Oistrakh
Conducted By: Alceo Galliera
Violin: David Oistrakh
Conducted By: Lovro von Matacic
Unknown: Sir Thomas Beecham.
Unknown: Philadelphia Orch
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy

: George Cole Diana Churchill and Colin Gordon in ' A LIFE OF BLISS'

Christmas Edition
Script by Godfrey Harrison
Produced by Leslie Bridgmont

Contributors

Script By: Godfrey Harrison
Produced By: Leslie Bridgmont
David Bliss: George Cole
Tony Fellows: Colin Gordon
Anne Fellows: Diana Churchill
Psyche, the dog: Percy Edwards
Mrs Bliss: Gladys Young
Mr Bliss: Carleton Hobbs
Maxine Avery: Sarah Lawson
Sheila Denham: Carole Allen
Lydia Murray: Mary Law

: OPERA UNDER THE DOWNS

A Narrative of the Glyndebourne Festival
Contributors include:
John Christie ,
C.H. Carl Ebert
Frances Daykins , Rhona Byron Major Batten, David Franklin Moran Caplat , Spedan Lewis John Pritchard , Jani Strasser
Ian Wallace , Philip Hope-Wallace
Compiled by Joe Burroughs from recordings made at Glyndebourne and in London during the summer of 1957 by Leigh Crutchley. with excerpts from Glyndebourne productions on gramophone records
Narrator, Edward Ward

Contributors

Unknown: John Christie
Unknown: C.H. Carl Ebert
Unknown: Frances Daykins
Unknown: Rhona Byron
Unknown: David Franklin
Unknown: Moran Caplat
Unknown: Spedan Lewis
Unknown: John Pritchard
Unknown: Jani Strasser
Unknown: Ian Wallace
Unknown: Joe Burroughs
Unknown: Leigh Crutchley.
Narrator: Edward Ward

: THE STARRY STRANGER

A sequence of poems for Christmas by William Drummond
Richard Crashaw
William Blake , Thomas Hardy
Robert Bridges , T. S. Eliot
Readers: Beth Boyd
Denis McCarthy. Gary Watson

Contributors

Unknown: William Drummond
Unknown: Richard Crashaw
Unknown: William Blake
Unknown: Thomas Hardy
Unknown: Robert Bridges
Readers: T. S. Eliot
Readers: Beth Boyd
Readers: Denis McCarthy.
Readers: Gary Watson

: News Summary

followed by late weather forecast for land areas








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