A Reading by Mr. ROBERT HARRIS
CHILDREN in books, except that they are usually more fragrant, do not vary greatly from children out of them. The child cult, if it can be called that, is almost itself a child of this century, with Sir James Barrie and Mr. A. A. Milne as godfathers-in-chief to each generation in turn, but only, of course, while it remains 'very young.' Lovers of children will gain delight, and curious students illumination, from this series of passages in our literature in which the child is snubbed, scolded, petted, and sentimentalized in turn. Mr. Robert Harris has a beautiful reading voice, and has served listeners in this capacity many times before to their complete satisfaction.
Mr. A. A.
At THE ORGAN of TUSSAUD'S CINEMA
Directed by HARRY FRYER
From THE SHEPHERD'S BUSH PAVILION
LILY BARCA (Violin)
EILEEN JOYCE (Pianoforte)
BERTINI'S DANCE BAND
From THE TOWER BALLROOM, BLACKPOOL
(From North Regional)
Directed by Guy DAINES
Tales of the Tower of London-IX
' An Unhappy Lady—the Lady Arabella Stuart '
By L. DU GARDE PEACH
WEATHER FORECAST, FIRST GENERAL NEW
BULLETIN; Bulletin for Farmers
BEETHOVEN'S STRING TRIOS
Played by THE ENGLISH ENSEMBLE
Trio No. 4, in C Minor, Op. 9
1. Allegro con spirito ; 2. Adagio con espressione ; 3. Scherzo ; 4. Presto
Road by Mr. RONALD WATKINS
General Notices connected with Government and other Public Services
rpHE second talk in a topical series giving L listeners an up-to-the-minute account of current political and economic events in Germany, Austria, Prussia, Spain, and Italy. A lately-returned observer will give account of these countries, in all of which local versions of the universal dislocation in production, employment, finance, and form of government can be seen at various stages. In the space of four weeks qualified witnesses will put before listeners the important events of European politics as they are happening, thus supplementing the fortnightly summaries of Mr. Vernon Bartlett.
Relayed from THE QUEEN'S HALL
(Sole Lcsxecs, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
THE B.B.C. SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(Principal First Violin, CHARLES WOODHOUSE)
Conducted by Sir HENRY WOOD
THIS overture had its first performance at a Halle concert in Manchester in November of last year and reached London at an L.S.O. concert last February, when it was conducted by Sir Hamilton Harty , to whom the work is dedicated. On the composer's own confession it has no programme, and it can be considered as merely illustrating the title ; indeed, the first indication to the violins is to play a melody in a manner ' gay and impudent,' and the whole overture moves in that gait. No other word than picaresque could adequately describe it.
PURCELL'S opera, Dido and Æneas, has often been called the one flawless masterpieee of music-drama composed by an Englishman; in design and conception it was far in advance of its age. Purcell had definite views of what operas should be, and he wrote a preface to Dido and Æneas, which expresses views showing it was no accident that it was ' a perfect opera.' Dido was written to a libretto by Nahum Tate , then Poet Laureate, for performance at a boarding school for young ladies at Chelsea. There was a notable revival of the opera in 1895, two hundred years after Purcell's death, and it has since been frequently performed in England and quite lately in Germany.
0 readers of Thomas Hardy 's Wessex tales,
Mai-Dun is known as the prehistoric camp which we, today, call Maiden Castle. It lies near to' Dorchester, practically on Hardy's doorstep. Ireland has written music, which in its strength and sincerity make a fitting picture of this remote but impressive page of history.
IN the new habit of the day the solo pianoforte part of this work of Walton's is treated by the composer rather as one of the orchestral instruments than as a separate solo part ; not that there is no solo music for the pianoforte, however, for it needs the technique of a virtuoso to tackle it. William Walton , by the way, was thirty in the spring of this year; not many modern musicians can boast his reputation at
- that age.
THIS symphony was first produced at the Norwich Triennial Festival in 1893, which explains why it is called the Norwich Symphony. Further performances took place all over the country, including one at the Crystal Palace in the Saturday concerts conducted by Sir August Manns, the mention of which seems to belong almost to history. German was a young man when ho wrote it, but not unknown ; the music for Henry VIII , which ho had written for Henry Irving at the Lyceum the year before, had made the name of German known throughout the kingdom. Curiously enough, there is in the music practically nothing of the ' Old English ' colour wo have learned to associate with Sir Edward German. It is a straightforward symphony, which, by the way, had to wait noarly forty years before it was thought fit to publish it.
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Mr. VERNON BARTLETT
MR. VERNON BARTLETT 'S appoint
ment as travelling correspondent for the B.B.C. will mean for the moment the discontinuation of his now famous talks on international affairs under the heading ' The Way of the World ' : he has given these talks, with occasional breaks, since February, 1928. Listeners will hear his first talk in the new series from Geneva on October 6. His second, from London on October 13. will explain the scope of his new commission : after that he will be heard at fortnightly intervals from Paris, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. In the weeks between Mr. Bartlett's communiques, surveys of world affairs will be given by well-known publicists. In this way listeners will be fully informed regarding such events as the World Economic Conference, the progress of the American Presidential Election Campaign, and other events of international interest and importance outside the scope of Mr. Bartlett's talks, which will deal primarily with the topical economic conditions and political temper of the country in which lie is stationed at the time.
AMBROSE and his ORCHESTRA, from THE
MAY FAIR HOTEL