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: Reveille!

A cheerful selection of gramophone records

: Morning Star

Records of Arthur Young and Reginald Foresythe, pianists and composers


Popular artists and bands fall in for your entertainment on gramophone records

: Music While You Work

played by Primo Scala 's Accordion Band
Directed by Harry Bidgood


Played By: Primo Scala
Directed By: Harry Bidgood


Today's anniversaries recalled by Christopher Stone


Recalled By: Christopher Stone


Dance music and songs for the housewife

: FRANK WALKER and his Miniature Orchestra

Although Frank Walker and his Miniature Orchestra gave their first broadcast in the summer of 1938, Walker has been a radio favourite for many years. With his Octet, which he formed ih 1927, he appeared frequently before the microphone in programmes of the best light music. A feature of these broadcasts was Walker's solo cello playing. The Octet was, by the way, the first combination to play in the studios at Broadcasting House, when it was used for testing acoustics.

Prelude and aragonaise (Carmen) - Bizet
Down Argentina way - Warren
Waltzing Matilda - Cowan
The kid from the city - MacLeod
Bird scene (Hiawatha) - Coleridge-Taylor
A Dutch windmill - Zamecnic
Light and shade - Raeburn
Weep no more - Miller and Nicholls
Fiddlers three - Arthur Wood


Unknown: Frank Walker


at the theatre organ
Gordon Banner began to play the organ at the age of fourteen, receiving tuition from his uncle, the late Alfred Banner , who was organist and choirmaster of the parish church of Tipton, Staffs.
It was Reginald Dixon who introduced him to the cinema organ in 1929 and in 1930 he went to America and made the acquaintance of Jesse Crawford. He appeared as guest organist at various cinemas in the U.S.A. In this country he has held appointments at the Oxford Ritz, the Hammersmith Commodore, and the Manchester Odeon.


Unknown: Alfred Banner
Unknown: Reginald Dixon
Unknown: Jesse Crawford.


F. H. Grisewood brings to the microphone people In the news, people talking about the news, and interesting visitors to Britain
(A recording of last night's broadcast)


Unknown: F. H. Grisewood


sung by Margaret Rees (soprano)


Soprano: Margaret Rees

: Note the Words

A programme with the accent on the lyrics rather than the tune
Written and arranged by Sam Heppner , and illustrated by gramophone records


Arranged By: Sam Heppner

: 'SNAP !'

A quick-fire Variety programme with Len Bermon , Violet Carson , Raymond Cooper , and Mary Walsh
Produced by Richard North


Unknown: Len Bermon
Unknown: Violet Carson
Unknown: Raymond Cooper
Unknown: Mary Walsh
Produced By: Richard North

: Music While You Work

played by The Lockier Grosvenor Octet

: Radio Reconnaissance

Talks for the armed Forces on current events and current affairs
News Commentary
Battlefronts, 6-
The Atlantic


directed by Dennis Moonan
Compere, David Miller


Directed By: Dennis Moonan
Unknown: David Miller


4.40 North-East and Central Scotland by G. R. Harvey
4.50 The West of England


Unknown: G. R. Harvey


at the theatre organ


A radio magazine with sports, news, interest, and entertainment for men in Anti-Aircraft, Balloon Barrage, and Searchlight units
Today's edition includes both old favourites and new features, with stop-press items, contributions by men in Ack-Ack and Beer-Beer
Units, and Scott and Whaley as guest stars'
Editors, Bill MacLurg and Howard Thomas


Editors: Bill MacLurg
Editors: Howard Thomas


followed by National and Regional announcements

: Greetings from Cairo

including messages sent by members of the Services in Egypt for their relatives and friends in Great Britain
(Programme arranged by Peter Haddon and recorded by courtesy of the Egyptian State Broadcasting)


Arranged By: Peter Haddon


Leader, Tate Gilder
Conducted by Reginald Burston


Leader: Tate Gilder
Conducted By: Reginald Burston


A non-stQp review of popular
'melodies through the years with Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra
Mervyn Saunders
Dorothy Carless
Len Camber and the Geraldo Chorus


Unknown: Mervyn Saunders
Unknown: Dorothy Carless
Unknown: Len Camber

: Private Smith Entertains

A camp concert, performed and presented by members of the R.A.M.C. from 'somewhere in England'


A quarter-of-an-hour of familiar music and a reading arranged by John Horton


Arranged By: John Horton

: Quiet, Please!

Almost a riot with Forsythe, Seamon, and Farrell still in a tangle -
Rupert Hazell and Elsie Day gagged and clowned
Helen Hill
Orchestra and Chorus directed by Billy Ternent
Devised and written by Harry Alan Towers
Produced by Tom Ronald

Listeners know by now that this series which is anything but quiet takes its ironical title from the fact that the performance begins with the announcer saying: 'Quiet, Please'. From that moment the riot starts. Big names, plenty of crazy fun. Script-writer, Harry Alan Towers, is the author of a new series beginning on Saturday, 'Once Upon a Time'.


Unknown: Rupert Hazell
Directed By: Billy Ternent
Written By: Harry Alan
Produced By: Tom Ronald
Script-Writer: Harry Alan Towers

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