THE COMMODORE GRAND ORCHESTRA
Directed by JOSEPH MUSCANT
From THE COMMODORE THEATRE,
OLIVE GILBERT (Contralto)
At THE ORGANof THE REGAL, MARBLE ARCH
A Play today by CAREY GREY
'THE SLEEPING BEAUTY'
—the third of a series of Old Fairy Tales with a what-might-have-happened-after-ending. The cast will include H. ST. BARBE WEST, JOYCE MOORE , IVAN SAMSON , LAW
WEATHER FORECAST, FIRST GENERAL NEWS
BULLETIN; London Stock Exchange Report, Bulletin for Farmers and Football Results
Sung by CLAIRE CROIZA (Soprano)
Mr. A. P. L. GORDON
Mr. A. P. L.
ONE of the most sparkling vaudeville programmes of the year and true to the tradition that 'Saturday night's the night.' LESLIE HUTCHINSON is the brilliant Negro pianist who, for several seasons, has delighted night-life audiences at the Cafe de Paris and elsewhere. JEANNE DE CASALIS has made 'Mrs. Feather' as popular a radio character as 'Mrs. Buggins' or 'Cissy.' Her husband, Colin Clive , being away in Hollywood on film work, she is to be assisted tonight by PHYLLIS KONSTAM. Miss Konstam has broadcast before, mostly in 'straight' plays. Of recent years she has deserted a brilliant theatre career for Eistree, where she has starred in many B.I.P. productions, notably Murder and The Skin Game. ISOBEL ELSOM made her first, radio appearance this summer, though, as Fate would have it, on a night crackling with thunderstorms, so that many listeners must have received an inadequate impression of a particularly delightful performance. She plays the lead tonight in the first of a series of thumbnail sketches by HAROLD FRENCH, who is also taking part. DORIS and ELSIE WATERS are old favourites with listeners, as well as with audiences of the music hall. They are now winning new adherents with their gramophone records of Gert and Daisy. BRANSBY WILLIAMS crowns a well-assorted programme with more of his deathless impressions of the Dickens characters.
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL NEWS
The first of a series of broadcasts by Mr. EDGAR WALLACE
WE often say in these columns that ' So-and-so needs no introduction ' : of Mr. Kdgar Wallace this is really true. There must be indeed few listeners who have not read a story or seen a play or film by Mr. Wallace; his private life, his racehorses, his amazingly rapid output are all first-class publicity value. Few broadcasts are likely to be so popular as this series, which commences today, of stories specially written for broadcasting by Mr. Wallace. He has appeared twice before the microphone; once to broadcast an appeal, and last July in a talk under the mysterious title of ' The Sooper Speaking '
Conductor, B. WALTON O'DONNELL
SINCLAIR LOGAN (Baritone)
GIUSTINO, a humble peasant at the beginning of the opera, climbs rapidly to renown as a popular 'hero. Ho does yeoman service in. his Emperor's behalf, turns out at last to be the brother of Vitaliano, the tyrant of Asia Minor, and marries the Emperor's sister, Leocasta. The story is packed as full ofadventure as the greediest schoolboy could demand. The operawas one of Handel's despairing efforts to ward off defeat in the black years of 1736 and 1737 when the King had turned his back on him and forbidden him the Court. Written in three weeks, it was put on in February, 1737, in the hope of redeeming the failure of Arminio the month before, but it, too, played to empty houses from the first night. None of its numbers has survived, though there is much fine music among them, except the overture ; composed originally only for strings and oboes, it is a good example of the form he liked best-a slow introduction, then a bustling, good-humoured fugal section, and, after a few bars of transition, a brisk piece in dance-like measure.
IN Gounod's Philewcn and Baucis the ancient
Olympic deities are treated with somewhat scant respect, and the author of the libretto shows us them as subject to the usual mortal weaknesses and failings. Jupiter has brought Vulcan with him to earth, and the Armourer has left his underground forges most unwillingly. Ever since he made himself a laughing-stock by his unlucky wooing of Venus, he has been shy of facing the other gods, or even mortals, feeling that they must all know of the goddess' scornful treatment of him. In this song he gives vont to his annoyance at having to visit the upper world, and tells how much happier he is in the dark caverns of his underground forge.
In Gounod's orchestra] accompaniment, the ringing of a hammer on an anvil is rhythmically heard almost throughout the song, and sometimes an actual anvil and hammer are specially added for the purpose to the usual orchestra.
AMBROSE and his ORCHESTRA, from THE
MAY FAIR HOTEL