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: A Short Christmas Morning Service

(From the Studio)
Conducted by the Reverend Pat McCormick, D.S.O.


Service condicted by: The Reverend Pat McCormick, D.S.O.


(Leader, Montague Brearley )
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Olive Kavann (Contralto)


Leader: Montague Brearley

: All the World Over

H.M. the King
will broadcast A Message to the Empire
from Sandringham this afternoon at the conclusion of All the World Over
Christmas greetings to and from British citizens, wherever they may be, and good wishes transmitted from London west about the world.

Including messages from:
The Irish Free State - Dublin
In Mid-Atlantic Ocean - An Atlantic Liner
Canada - Halifax, Nova Scotia; Montreal; Toronto; Winnipeg; Vancouver
New Zealand - Wellington
Australia - Sydney; Melbourne; Brisbane
At Port Said - A British ship in harbour
South Africa - Cape Town
and from Sandringham
A Message from H.M. the King

(The programme starts at 2.0, and the relay from Sandringham will be at approximately 3.5.)

Blog posts that mention this programme:

Pages from history - Radio Times in the 1930s 5 December 2017
The Sunday Post: Reith - the BBC Legacy 23 October 2016


A Miscellaneous Celebrity Programme


Unknown: Christopher Stone

: For The Children

' Christmas Day '
(From West Regional)


Unknown: E. R. Appleton

: Music of the Theatre

A Programme of Incidental Music to Plays by Shakespeare, Crowne, Barrie, Elroy Flecker, Ashley Dukes, and E. Temple Thurston
Kate Winter (Soprano)
The B.B.C. Orchestra
(Section E)
(Led by Laurance Turner)
Conducted by Norman O'Neill


Unknown: Elroy Flecker
Unknown: Ashley Dukes
Conducted By: Norman O'Neill

: A Recital of Christmas Songs

by JOHN COATES (Tenor)


Tenor: John Coates

: English Religious Poetry of the Seventeenth Century: VIII: Thomas Traherne

Read by Captain Oswald Tuck , R.N.
(to 18.15)


Reader: Captain Oswald Tuck


Relayed from Winchester Cathedral
The Bells
Order of Service :
8.0 Opening Sentence (Music by Dr. Prendergast,
Organist of Winchester Cathedral)
Hymn, 0 come, all ye faithful (English Hymnal,
No, 28 ; Ancient and Modern, Ko. 59)
Psalm 50
The Magnificat
'Prayers and Intercessions
Carols :
In dulci jubilo (R. L. Pearsall ) (1795.1856)
In dulci jubilo,
Let us our homage shew : Our heart's joy reclineth In praesepio,
And like a bright star shineth Matris in gremio; Alpha es et 0.
0 Jesu parvule!
My heart is sore for Thee Hear me, I beseech Thee, 0 puer optime I
My prayer let it reach Thee, 0 Princeps gloriae I Trahe me post Te I
0 Nati lenitas!
Nati Deeply were we stained Per nostra crimina;
But Thou hast for us gained Caelorum gaudia :
0 that we were there I
Ubi sunt gaudia, where ? If that they be not there, There are angels singing Nova cantica ;
There the bells are ringing In Kegis curia :
0 that we were there I
When the Crimson Sun had set (Old French)
Sermon by The Very Reverend The Dean of Winchester, D.D.
Hymn, Hark ! the Herald Angels sing (English
Hymnal, No. 24; Ancient and Modern, No. 60)
Blessing pronounced by the Right Reverence
The Lord Bishop of Winchester, D.D.
Today is Christmas Day, and all England may celebrate it in spirit in Winchester Cathedral. Winchester, 'the cradle of English history,' -looks back to the 12th Century as its golden age. Under the Norman kings it rivalled London in importance: the Royal Treasure continued to be housed there as it had been in Saxon times: the prestige of the city as the capital of Wessex outlived the Conquest, and its increasing wealth, due mainly to the woollen trade, found practical expression in its architecture. The Cathedral stands as the embodiment of Winchester's past. The ornaments, iron-work, wood-work, illuminated manuscripts, and music that clustered around the central glory of England's largest Cathedral are the lasting evidence of the Winchester tradition. To this city fell the delicate task of mingling the strains of Wessex Saxon and Norman French to produce and foster the English genius in government, religion, literature, education, and decorative art. Winchester still preserves its traditions, but the fabric of the Cathedral needs the organized efforts of the ' Friends of the Cathedral ' to combat the ravages of time and the death-watch beetle. Today, when England worships in Winchester, it is inconceivable that its Cathedral, which has preserved so much for England, will not herself be preserved.


Unknown: R. L. Pearsall
Unknown: Nati Deeply
Unknown: Norman French


The Rt. Hon. J. Ramsay MacDonald
Appeal on behalf of THE BRITISH WIRELESS for
The inestimable boon of wireless to the blind is widely recognized, and repeaited efforts are made on a national scale to keep the need and the necessity for its fulfilment before the public. Lord Snowden's appeal last Christmas Day had a magnificent response, but its very success has created a new demand. The Committee of the Fund has to ask this year for a sum sufficient to supply another 2,800 sets, totalling about £5,300. The Radio Manufacturers' Association, the Wireless Trade generally, County Associations and Local Agencies for the Blind, the National Institute for the Blind, as well as the B.B.C., are co-operating fully, and arrangements for supplying the sets needed early in the New Year are well advanced. It only remains for the public response to the Prime Minister's appeal today to enable the Fund to carry out its obligations, and to bring the blessing of wireless to those of the blind who still lack it.


Unknown: Rt. Hon. J. Ramsay MacDonald

: Weather Forecast, Shipping Forecast

(If there is any News, it will be broadcast at 9.0 p.m.)

: Orchestral Concert

Conducted by ERNEST W. Goss
JOAN COXON (Soprano)


Conducted By: Ernest W. Goss
Soprano: Joan Coxon

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