Directed by JOSEPH MUSCANT
Relayed from THE COMMODORE THEATRE,
Conducted by CHARLES LEGGETT
RIDGWAY WEST (Tenor)
CLEMENT RUSSELL (Baritone)
Few musicians ever had so adventurous a career as William Wallace, composer of Maritana. His father was a military bandmaster and the young Wallace was born in Waterford, Ireland, in 1812. He very quickly became a good player not only of violin and pianoforte, but of the clarinet, and was only seventeen when he was given a church organist's post. He gave it up, within a year, however, the violin attracting him more. In 1834 he played a violin concerto of his own in Dublin, with such success that he might have looked forward to a prosperous career in that line. But his health gave way and ho went to Australia in the hope of warding off a threatening, lung trouble. Sheep farming was nominally his job there, but he continued to play his violin, not only as a recreation, but in concerts. Australia, however, failed to hold him either to his farming or his fiddle, and for some years he wandered over many parts of the world, experiencing such vicissitudes as earthquakes, battles between rival South American States, and even a narrow escape from the clutches of a tiger. But everywhere he went his reputation as a violinist was enhanced.
By 1845 he was in London, and someone seems to have suggested to him that he should compose an opera. Maritana was the result; it appeared near the end of 1845 and was an immediate and assured success. It has ever since maintained its hold on the popular affections, although Wallace himself wrote other and better works afterwards.
The Wireless Military
At THE ORGAN of The REGAL, MARBLE ARCH
' HENRY MORGAN—BUCCANEER '
Another Story of the Sea
Told in Five Scenes by L. DU GARDE PEACH SIR HENRY MORGAN 'S 'life is exciting enough for the most bloodthirsty devotee of pirates. He was kidnapped in Bristol when ho was a boy, and sold into slavery at Barbadoes. He took to piracy like a duck to water, and soon
' became known as Admiral of the Buccaneers. He was then given a job by the English Government to capture Spanish ships. Then the war with Spain ended, and Morgan "was made Governor of Jamaica; but he could not get rid of his old habits, and in a few years his post was taken away from him because he encouraged piracy. All this, of course, was hundreds of years ago ; such things don't happen nowadays.
L. du Garde
WEATHER FORECAST, FIRST GENERAL News
BULLETIN ; London Stock Exchange Report; Football Results and Bulletin for Farmers
BEETHOVEN'S PIANOFORTE SONATAS
Played by EDWARD ISAACS
Sonata quasi una Fantasia, Op. 27, No. 2 (known as The Moonlight Sonata)
Adagio sostenuto; Allegretto; Prostb agitato
(Arranged after consultation with the Royal Horticultural Society)
» Mr. A. P. L. GORDON
MR. A. P. L. GORDON has given his talks on Business every fortnight this year. He is primarily a statistical expert, but the world nowadays is so ruled by figures that the applications of his subject are endless. He has published one book, Rationalization of Tin, dealing with the tin industry, and another, Trust and Monopoly Control, dealing with large-scalo Business in general. He has also worked for the Lewis Committee on Co-operative selling in the coal mining industry, and investigated into Works Councils in German industry on behalf of an important research organization. These talks are now a regular and popular feature of the programmes.
Mr. A. P. L.
Mr. A. P. L.
By CHRISTOPHER STONE
Act I, A Street in Seville
Relayed from THE ROYAL. OPERA House,
Conductor, JOHN BARBIROLLI
TTOWEVER true it may have been that Rossini was lazy in his later years, he was not so at the age of twenty-four, when he composed The Barber of Seville in thirteen days. Yet there is no sign of haste in the workmanship. Of its kind, it is perfect. The libretto is based on the first play of Beaumarchais's trilogy of Figaro.
The scene of the act now to be heard is a street in Seville outside Dr. Bartolo's house. Bartolo has a ward, Rosina, with whom Count Almaviva is in love. The Count has come to serenade her. Then the barber, Figaro, comes in, full of high spirits and.sings the famous patter-song extolling his own usefulness and importance as the city's factotum. As he is Dr. Bartolo's barber, the Count enlists his services to bring about a meeting with Rosina, who is equally anxious to meet the Count. She contrives to drop him a letter from the balcony.
' That's a good Show those were '
ARCHIE DE BEAR'S Reminiscent Revue
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL NEWS
Kapitanleutnant a.D. HELLMUTH vbn MucKE
A FTER an adventurous career of nearly three months, in which she sank no less than fifteen ships, the German pirate cruiser Emden was sunk by H.M.A.S. Sydney off the Cocoa Islands on November 9, 1914. Before the final action, a party, headed by Kapitanleutnant von Mücke, had landed on Direction Island in order to wreck the wireless station there. Having done so, they hoard the siren of the Emden sounding to recall them. They went back to the boats, but the Emden was already under way, and they could see the enemy warship approaching. The more closely the two cruisers became engaged. the further they went from the island, until they finally vanished from sight; the landing party could see that the stern of the Emden was in flames. Of their subsequent adventures and escape the loader of the landing party, Kapitanleutnant von Mueke himself, is to tell us this evening.
AMBROSE and his ORCHESTRA, from THE MAY