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: TUNES OF 1939-1945

played by the Band of the Royal Artillery
Conducted by Captain S. V. Hays
Director of Music
Royal Artillery and sung by the BBC Men's Chorus
Conductor, Leslie Woodgate


Conductor: Leslie Woodgate

: Home for the Day

The Sunday supplement to Woman's Hour
VE-Day Edition
Dame Vera Laughton Mathews , Dame Leslie Whateley , and Dame Katherine Trefusis Forbes , last week's guests in Woman's Hour
Memories of VE-Day from women who were at war in Britain, Europe, and the Far East. as civilians or in uniform. Speakers include Mary Ferguson , Elise Sprott , and Nancy Spain
Ten Years After
Four people who served together in the A.T.S. re-unite in a BBC studio
Pamela Frankau recalls her thoughts on May 8, 1945
Introduced by Marjorie Anderson


Unknown: Dame Vera Laughton Mathews
Unknown: Dame Leslie Whateley
Unknown: Katherine Trefusis Forbes
Unknown: Far East.
Unknown: Mary Ferguson
Unknown: Elise Sprott
Unknown: Nancy Spain
Unknown: Pamela Frankau
Introduced By: Marjorie Anderson


You are invited to listen to folk songs and music still sung and played in the British Isles
6 — Sussex and Kent
Bob Copper tells of the journey he made from Petworth to Hastings last year in search of songs
Francis Collinson recalls the old Sussex church bands, and remembers his first collecting experiences when living in Kent
Musical arrangements by Francis Collinson
Edited by Marie Slocombe
Produced by Harold Rogers


Unknown: Francis Collinson
Arrangements By: Francis Collinson
Edited By: Marie Slocombe
Produced By: Harold Rogers


Philip Slessor revisits Klagenfurt, one of the stations of the British Forces Network, Austria, which began ten years ago. He recalls memories of programmes and people
Programme prepared by Philip Slessor during a recent visit to Austria
Edited by Geoffrey Topping


Unknown: Philip Slessor
Unknown: Philip Slessor

: Wilfred Pickles in'HAVE A GO!'

visits Gunnerside, in Swaledale, Yorkshire with Mabel at ' the table ' and Harry Hudson at the piano
Presented by Stephen Renaud Williams
Last programme of the present series


Unknown: Harry Hudson
Presented By: Stephen Renaud Williams

: People's Service: 'Let us rise up and build': The Church in Plymouth - Ten Years After

From St. Andrew's Church, which was reduced to a shell by bombing in 1941 and is now at an advanced stage of re-building, the Vicar, the Rev. W.H. Alan Cooper, speaks of the part the new St. Andrew's is designed to play in the life of the city
From the Church of St. Francis, Honicknowle, built to serve one of the city's great housing estates, the Rev. A.D. Jago conducts a short service


Speaker: The Rev. W.H. Alan
Service conducted by: The Rev. A.D. Jago


For serving men and women stationed abroad and their families at home
Presented from London and Cologne by Jean Metcalfe and Dennis Scuse


Unknown: Jean Metcalfe
Unknown: Dennis Scuse

: Edmundo Ros and Ray Ellington in MR. ROS AND MR. RAY

with Dick Katz , Marion Ryan
The Ray Ellington Quartet
The Edmundo Ros
Latin-American Orchestra
Script by Johnny Speight Produced by John Browell


Unknown: Dick Katz
Unknown: Marion Ryan
Script By: Johnny Speight
Produced By: John Browell


(' Twenty Questions ' is broadcast by arrangement with Maurice Winnick )


Arrangement With: Maurice Winnick


Piano music in contrasting styles played by Robin Wood , Bill McGuffie
Rawicz and Landauer
The Kenny Powell Quartet
Introduced by Sidney Harrison
Producer. Jimmy Grant


Played By: Robin Wood
Played By: Bill McGuffie
Unknown: Kenny Powell
Introduced By: Sidney Harrison
Producer: Jimmy Grant

: Harry Secombe with Bill Kerr, Sidney James and Andrce Melly in HANCOCK'S HALF-HOUR

In which Mr. Harold ' Micawber ' Secombe, Esq., takes over from his old friend Hancock, the celebrated waif, to find that ' something always turns up ' also featuring Kenneth Williams


Unknown: Kenneth Williams

: Radio Theatre presents Michael Gough and William Sylvester in * FIVE DAYS TO FRIDAY'

by Redmond Macdonogh
Based on an idea by Henry Ellul
Cast in order of speaking:
Produced by Archie Campbell
Two men, one English, the other American, set off with their sleigh and a team of huskies to cross the frozen wastes of Northern Canada. Their destination, Fort Carrus, is still five days away when disaster overtakes them and one man is severely injured. Progress is reduced to a snail's pace and it soon becomes evident that their food supply is insufficient to meet the new circumstances. The agony of their situation is intensified when the injured man confesses to his companion that he is the murderer of the girl they both loved.


Unknown: Henry Ellul
Produced By: Archie Campbell
John: Michael Gough
Max: William Sylvester
Captain Curran: Alan Tilvern
Jake: Arthur Hill
Doctor: Charles Farrell


Franklin Engelmann , with a BBC mobile recording unit, visits the Isle of Man to meet local people who talk about their lives and jobs and choose their favourite music
Produced by Phyllis Robinson


Unknown: Franklin Engelmann
Produced By: Phyllis Robinson


Popular songs and music recorded for the BBC by Commonwealth Radio Organisations including
Sophisticated songs and modern dance orchestras from Canada
West Indian calypsos Australian bush songs and cabaret artists from Malaya Introduced by Wilfrid Thomas Produced by Phyllis Robinson


Introduced By: Wilfrid Thomas
Produced By: Phyllis Robinson

: News and Radio Newsreel

A summary of events of the past week


on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of VE-Day with Doris Eaves (soprano)
Marjorie Thomas (contralto)
Alfred Orda (baritone) David Branson (piano)
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
BBC Concert Orchestra
(Leader. John Sharpe )
Conductor, Charles Mackerras
Produced by Eric Arden including music from Britain and other Commonwealth countries, Europe, the U.S.A.. and the U.S.S.R.


Soprano: Doris Eaves
Contralto: Marjorie Thomas
Baritone: Alfred Orda
Piano: David Branson
Chorus-Master: Leslie Woodgate
Leader: John Sharpe
Conductor: Charles MacKerras
Produced By: Eric Arden


Community hymn-singing from the ruins of Coventry Cathedral
Led by the congregation of the Cathedral together with those of the Methodist Central Mission and of the Warwick Road Congregational Church, Coventry
Music by the City of Coventry Band
(Continued in next column)
Hymns introduced by: The Rev. Canon J. H. Proctor.
Precentor ot Coventry Cathedral
The Rev. R. W. Hugh Jones The Rev. E. Lincoln Minshull and the Very Rev. R. T. Howard ,
Provost of Coventry Cathedral
Conductor of the hymns,
Leonard Tanner
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
(Tune. Lobe den Herren )
Through all the changing scenes of life (Tune, Wiltshire)
When I survey the wondrous Cross
(Tune, Rockingham)
0 God of Bethel. by whose hand
(Tune, Martyrdom)
0 brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother (Tune. Intercessor)
Rejoice, the Lord is King (Tune.
The Church's one foundation (Tune.
All creatures of our God and King
(Tune. Lasst uns erfreuen)


Unknown: Rev. Canon J. H. Proctor.
Unknown: Rev. R. W. Hugh Jones
Unknown: Rev. E. Lincoln Minshull
Unknown: Very Rev. R. T. Howard
Unknown: Leonard Tanner
Unknown: Den Herren


Jean Pougnet and the Palm Court Orchestra
This week's visiting artist:
Jean Carpenter


Unknown: Jean Pougnet
Artist: Jean Carpenter


A programme of poems readings and music arranged by Richard Tatlock to commemorate the tenth anniversary of VE-Day with Chad Varah
Rector of St. Stephen, Walbrook and John Glen
George Thalben-Ball (organ)
The Templars Choir
From the Church of St. Stephen. Walbrook. London. E.C.4. which was destroyed by incendiary bombs in 1941 and rededicated in 1954


Arranged By: Richard Tatlock
Unknown: Chad Varah
Unknown: John Glen
Unknown: George Thalben-Ball
Unknown: Walbrook. London.

: Edmund Hockridge goes DOWN MELODY LANE

coming upon songs and melodies in the highways and by-ways of familiar music with the BBC Variety Orchestra
Conductor, Paul Fenoulhet
Produced by Frank Hooper


Conductor: Paul Fenoulhet
Produced By: Frank Hooper


To conclude a week of special broadcasts commemorating the tenth anniversary of VE-Day Frank Gillard in the studios of the British Forces Network, Cologne, plays some records of music which revives personal memories of the long road to victory from North Africa to Berlin


Unknown: Frank Gillard

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