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: Solo and Orchestra

Gramophone records

: News Headlines

followed by News read at dictation speed for Forces newspapers overseas and Announcements

: Cairo Calling

for the Middle East Forces. Messages recorded by members of the Services for their relatives and friends in Great Britain, introduced by Peter Haddon


Introduced By: Peter Haddon

: Greetings from South Africa

Messages recently recorded, by R.A.F. personnel for their relatives and friends in this country.

: Sunday Serenade

Scottish Variety Orchestra (conductor, Ronnie Munro), with Janette Sclanders, Ann Rich, and Ian Gourlay


Unknown: Ronnie Munro
Unknown: Janette Sclanders
Unknown: Ann Rich
Unknown: Ian Gourlay

: For Isolated Units

Sunday Service from Ruchill Church, Glasgow: conducted by the Rev. George Knight, B.D., Minister of Ruchill Church, formerly Chaplain of the Scottish Church in Budapest.


Unknown: George Knight

: Calling All Canadians

A feature programme of special interest to all Canadian Forces, containing news from Canada and news of Canadians on the fighting fronts.

: London Calling

General Forces Programme summary

: The Good-Humoured Ladies

Ballet Suite by Scarlatti played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Goossens. (Gramophone records)


Conducted By: Eugene Goossens.

: Morning Service

from St. Martin-in-the-Fields, conducted by the Vicar, the Rev. E. S. Loveday
This is the first of a new series of popular services which will consist of five well-known hymns from the Army Prayer Book, and short prayers, reading, and an address by the Rev. E. S. Loveday , who has often broadcast from St. Martin's to Forces overseas.


Unknown: Rev. E. S. Loveday
Unknown: Rev. E. S. Loveday

: Kay on the Keys

Kay Cavendish with her piano.


Pianist: Kay Cavendish


[Starring] Tommy Handley
with Horace Percival, Fred Yule, Dorothy Summers, Sydney Keith, Dino Galvani, Bill Stephens, Bryan Herbert, Jean Capra, and Paula Green. Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell. Script and lyrics by Ted Kavanagh.


Comedian: Tommy Handley Unknown: Horace Percival
Unknown: Fred Yule
Unknown: Dorothy Summers
Unknown: Sydney Keith
Unknown: Dino Galvani
Unknown: Bill Stephens
Unknown: Bryan Herbert
Unknown: Jean Capra
Unknown: Paula Green
Orchestra conducted by: Charles Shadwell
Script and lyrics: Ted Kavanagh

: BBC Orchestra

Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult. Frederick Grinke (violin)
Violin Concerto in A (K.219) Mozart
Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, in A (K.219), is the fifth of six concertos written by him during 1775 and 1776. He was about twenty at the time of the first, and since he was then practising the violin hard-he was actually quite an accomplished player-it is presumed that he composed them as much for his own use as for use by others. This concerto is scored for small orchestra, two oboes, two horns, and strings, and the solo part is written with superb understanding of the genius of the instrument.


Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Violin: Frederick Grinke

: The Brains Trust

with spontaneous answers to 'Any Questions?': A. Beverley Baxter, M.P., Lieut.-Commander R.T. Gould, Mrs. E.R. Arnot Robertson (author), Dr. Malcolm Sargent, Emanuel Shinwell, M.P. Question-Master, Dr. Dudley Stamp. (Shortened edition for Overseas of last Tuesday's recorded session)


Unknown: A. Beverley Baxter
Unknown: R. T. Gould
Unknown: Mrs. E. R. Amot Robertson
Unknown: Dr. Malcolm Sargent
Unknown: Emanuel Shinwell
Question Master: Dr. Dudley Stamp.

: Forces Favourites

Records chosen by British Forces serving overseas.

: Radio Newsreel

Close-ups from the world's battle-fronts

: Football Results

read at dictation speed.

: Music While You Work

Primo Scala and his Accordion Band


Musicians: Primo Scala and his Accordion Band

: Palestine Half-Hour

for Forces in Palestine, Persia, and Iraq, with Stanley Black and his Orchestra. Guest artist, 'Hutch'. Introduced by Georgie Henschel


Musicians: Stanley Black and his Orchestra
Singer/Pianist: 'Hutch' (Leslie Hutchinson)
Presenter: Georgie Henschel

: Books, Plays and Films

Ivor Brown talks about the theatre


Speaker: Ivor Brown

: London Calling

General Forces Programme summary

: Calling Malta

with Anne Shelton, Nat Allen and his Orchestra, and 'Home Town'. W. Macqueen-Pope interviews Anna Neagle. Introduced by Avis Scutt


Unknown: Anne Shelton
Unknown: Nat Allen
Unknown: W. MacQueen-Pope
Unknown: Anna Neagle.
Introduced By: Avis Scutt

: Variety Band-Box

John Blore and his Dance Orchestra, Harry Welchman, Olive Groves, Pat Frost, Violet Carson, Kathleen Moody. Introduced by Margaret Lockwood. From the stage of the Queensberry All-Services Club. This week's edition dedicated to the 'Iraq Times'.


Unknown: John Blore
Unknown: Harry Welchman
Unknown: Pat Frost
Unknown: Violet Carson
Unknown: Kathleen Moody.
Introduced By: Margaret Lockwood.

: BBC Scottish Orchestra

Conductor, Guy Warrack


Conductor: Guy Warrack

: Forces Favourites

Records chosen for their women-folk at home by British Forces serving overseas.

: All Together Now

A special broadcast to mark the first day of the General Forces Programme, now linking listeners at home with the Forces overseas.
Throughout the war, radio has been the British serving man's constant link with home. Now that listeners in this country can share the Serviceman's programme, the link is strengthened by the knowledge that they are all listening together. From homes throughout the British Isles, relations and friends here tell the men overseas what the sharing of the General Forces Programme mean to them and to all listeners at home.

: The Happidrome

with Bennett and Williams, Helen Hill, Rawicz and Landauer, Tommy Handley, and Harry Korris as 'Mr. Lovejoy' assisted by Cecil Frederick ('Ramsbottom') and Robbie Vincent ('Enoch'). Happidrome Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Ernest Longstaffe.


Comedians: Bennett and Williams
Performer: Helen Hill
Musicians: Rawicz and Landauer
Comedian: Tommy Handley
Comedian: Harry Korris
Comedian: Cecil Frederick
Comedian: Robbie Vincent
Orchestra and chorus conducted by: Ernest Longstaffe

: Sunday Half-Hour

Community hymn-singing, led by Cardiff Civil Defence Choir, conductor, Hubert Williams. Organist, Harold Spear. From the Memorial Hall, Cowbridge Road, Cardiff


Singers: Cardiff Civil Defence Choir Conductor: Hubert Williams
Organist: Harold Spear

: Parliamentary Summary

by E.W.A. Atkinson


Speaker: E.W.A. Atkinson

: Conductors at Their Best

Sir Thomas Beecham: a programme of records

: Epilogue

Lead us, heavenly Father (A. and M. 281); St. Luke 4. w. 1-13; Be thou my guardian (A. and M. 282); Hebrews 2. v 18

: Music While You Work

Phil Green and his Band


Musicians: Phil Green and his Band

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