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At The Organ of The Trocadero
Cinema, Elephant and Castle




Unknown: Christopher Stone


Conductor, Sir DAN GODFREY
ADELA VERNE (Pianoforte)
From The Pavilion, Bournemouth
The opera The Flying Dutchman was first produced in Dresden in 1843. The overture roughly epitomizes the story, which is based on the picturesque legend of a Dutch sea-captain who, encountering a furious gale while he was tiying to round the Cape of Good Hope, swore that he would achieve his purpose, though it took him all eternity. The devil, overhearing, took him a.t his word and condemned him to sail the seas until the Day of Judgment. Only a woman, whose love would last until death, could release him; so, as the sole concession to the awful severity of his punishment, he is permitted to go ashore once in every seven years in order that he may seek and win such a. woman. The opera opens just at the end of one of these seven-year terms.
When Dvorak was offered the Directorship of the New York National Conservatory of Music he accepted it and remained there, greatly appreciated, for three years, absorbing at the same time a. flood of national impressions. Of these he made good use in a number of works of that period, particularly in the New World Symphony, one of the most brilliant symphonies in the whole repertory.


Conductor: Sir Dan Godfrey
Pianoforte: Adela Verne


At The Organ of The Tower Ballroom,
(From, North Regional)

: The Children's Hour

' Pomona plays at Sardines,' a Dialogue Story, by W. M. LETTS , with Incidental Music by ERNEST LUSH


Story By: W. M. Letts
Music By: Ernest Lush

: ' The First News'

BULLETIN and Bulletin for Farmers

: The Foundations of Music

Les jeux d'eau de la Villa d'Este (The Fountains of the Villa d'Este)
Fantasy and Fugue on a Motive made up of the Notes B.A.C.H.


Played By: Maurice Reeve

: ' The Cinema'



Unknown: Mr. Cedric Belfragi

: Farmers' Talk

Mr. A. G. STREET: A Farmer's Thoughts of the Old Year'


Unknown: Mr. A. G.


Thomas de Quincey
Thomas de Quincey is an outstanding example of the writer of genius who is forced to limit his output to the demands of journalism. His collected works fill sixteen volumes, and contain passages of great beauty and critical insight; but his reputation with the reading public rests almost entirely upon his ' Confessions of an Opium Eater' and the delicious satire of Murder as a Fine Art.' This erratic genius should provide material for an absorbing and amusing talk.


Unknown: Thomas de Quincey
Unknown: Thomas de Quincey

: Popular Opera-II

Scenes from Verdi, Humperdinck and Flotow
The Programme :
In Act I, Rigoletto, the ihumpbacked, sardonic jester aids and abets his unscrupulous master, the Duke of Mantua, in amatory escapades, one of which has involved Count Monterone's daughter. Subsequently, the curse of Monterone fills the superstitious jester with fears for the safety of his own child, Gilda, hitherto well guarded from the Duke's attentions. Three of Rigoletto's many enemies, Count Ceprano, Marullo, and Borsa, wreak vengeance. Blindfold, under the impression that he is helping to abduct the Countess Ceprano,- Rigoletto participates in the kidnapping of his own beloved daughter.
A familiar story-two hungry children sent by the mother to gather berries in a haunted forest, where a wicked old witch lives in a sugar-candy house. In the first scene of Act I, the children are heard making the best of their poverty-stricken existence.
Lady Harriet Durham , weary of court life and her persistent suitor, Sir Tristan, goes with her maid, Nancy, to Richmond Fair, both disguised as peasant girls. Put up for auction by the Sheriff, they are bound for a year to the highest bidders, Lionel and Plunkett. In Act I, despite Sir Tristan's attempts to cut short the escapade, Lady Harriet (alias Martha) and Nancy (alias Julia) are driven away in the farmer's waggon to fulfil their contract.
Garda Hall (Soprano)
Betsy de la Porte (Contralto)
Jan Van Der Gucht (Tenor)
Stuart Robertson (Baritone)
Franklyn Kelsey (Bass)
Mary Hamlin (Soprano)
Gladys Winmill (Contralto)
Doris Owens (Contralto)
Rosalind Rowsell (Soprano)
Stanley Riley (Bass)
Bradbridge White (Tenor)
Victor Utting (Bass)
Narrator, Ivan Samson
The Wireless Chorus
(Section B)
(Chorus-Master, Cyril Dalmaine )
B.B.C. Orchestra
(Section D)
(Led by Marie Wilson )
Conducted by Stanford Robinson


Produced By: Gordon McConnel
Unknown: Lady Harriet Durham
Baritone: Stuart Robertson
Bass: Franklyn Kelsey
Soprano: Mary Hamlin
Contralto: Gladys Winmill
Contralto: Doris Owens
Soprano: Rosalind Rowsell
Bass: Stanley Riley
Bass: Victor Utting
Narrator: Ivan Samson
Chorus-Master: Cyril Dalmaine
Unknown: Marie Wilson
Conducted By: Stanford Robinson

: ' The Second News '


: eThe Green Goddess'

Adapted for broadcasting by DULClMA GLASBY
Characters :
Priests, Villagers, regular and irregular troops and Servants.
The place is a remote region at the back of the Himalaya Mountains
Produced by HOWARD ROSE
The Green Goddess is that rare thing, a successful play by a dramatic critic : its author, William Archer , did notable service to the English stage at the end of the last century by his translations and persistent championship of the work of the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen. The Green Goddess is an unashamed and brilliantly constructed melodrama. It was first produced in 1920 in Philadelphia, and subsequently in London in 1923, when George Arliss reappeared in it in London after an absence of twenty-two years, the play running for a year at the St. James' Theatre. Since then, it has been adapted for the screen with success. For tonight's performance, a strong cast has been gathered. Leon M. Lion plays the Oxford educated Raja of Rukh : this is the first broadcast of this famous character-actor and manager since his memorable performance as Jekyll in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1930. Miss Isobel Elsom is familiar to listeners by her performance with Harold French in a number of vaudeville sketches, but Lucilla, the beautiful Englishwoman who falls into the Raja's power, is her first big part for broadcasting.


Unknown: William Archer
Broadcasting By: Dulclma Glasby
Produced By: Howard Rose
Unknown: William Archer
Dramatist: Henrik Ibsen.
Unknown: George Arliss
Unknown: Leon M. Lion
Unknown: Miss Isobel Elsom
The Raja of Rukh: Leon M Lion
Watkins, his valet: Ernest Sefton
Major Anthony Crespin: Frederick W. Lloyd
Lucilla, his wife: Isobel Elsom
Doctor Basil Traherne: Francis James
Lieutenant Denis Cardew: Erlc Holmes


ROY Fox and his BAND, from THE CAFÉ Anglais
(Shipping Forecast at 11.5)


Unknown: Roy Fox

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