From ' When Two or Three,' page 87
Leader, Frank Thomas
Relayed from The National Museum of Wales (West Regional Programme)
Popular Orchestral Concert rhe Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted :v Julius Priiwer : Overture, Beautiful Galathea (Suppé). The Berlin State Opera Orchestra, onducted by Armas Järnefelt : Prélude Funèbre Järnefelt). The British Symphony Orchestra, conducted hy Sir Henry Wood : Air on the G String nil Gavotte in K (Bach). The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leopold stokowski : Fête-Dieu a Seville (Albeniz, arr. Stokowski).
Directed by Joseph Muscant
Relayed from The Commodore Theatre,
Alfred Cortot (Pianoforte)
Preludes Op. 28 (Chopin), No. 1 in C; No. 2 in A minor; No. 3 in G ; No. 4 in E minor; No. 5 in D ; No. 6 in B minor
Relayed from Sadler's Wells
Cast in order of appearance : Conductor, LAWRANCE COLLINGWOOD Producer SUMNER AUSTIN The story of the version of the Faust legend of Counod's famous opera is roughly based on that of Goethe. The curtain rises on tho aged figure of Faust seated in his study poring over old volumes of philosophy and necromancy. He sings of his weariness of life, and the futility of learning. From outside comes the music of dancing and Easter Day rejoicing, and Faust, still more hopelessly, resolves to end his life. But before he drains he cup of oblivion, and as a last hope that his youth can be restored to him, he calls on the powers of evil for aid. Mephistopheles then suddenly appears, prepared to grant him his youth in return for a mere trifle-his soul. To gain his consent, the subtle devil causes a vision of Marguerite to appear before Faust, who can no longer resist and the compact is sealed. The scene changes. It is the market square of a small German town at Kermesse (fair) time. Tho citizens are merry-making, and one after another the students, girls, old men. and soldiers give way to lusty singing of the delights of wine, love, and war. Valentine, a soldier, and brother of Marguerite, now enters. He is off to the wars, xand sings of a medallion his sister has given him as a charm. He commends the care of his sister to a young fellow called Siebel. Then general jollity breaks out afresh. As Wagner, a leader of the students, is singing the ' Song of the Rat,' Mephistopheles comes up to them (later followed by Faust), and offers to sing the company a better song. He gives them the ' Song of the Calf of Gold.' This and Mephistopheles subsequent behaviour, however, strike his hearers as strange, and they come to distrust him more and more, till drawing their swords to drive him away they find they are powerless and withdraw quickly from the scene. leaving Faust and Mephistopheles talking together. The act ends with a gay chorus in a waltz rhythm, interrupted in the middle by the appearance of Marguerite, shyly diffident when she is spoken to by Faust. The curtain falls on the dancing citizens.
A Tea-time Entertainment of 'Artists new to the Microphone
The second of the now Saturday Variety matinees. Light songs, light music, and humour, will be tho main ingredients of this tea-time entertainment. Listeners will have the added interest of ' spotting the winners ' among the artists, all of whom will be making their microphone debut in this programme.
A Recital of Gramophone Records
WEATHER FORECAST, FIRST GENERAL
NEWS BULLETIN, and Bulletin 'for Farmers
Mr. H. W. AUSTIN : 'Lawn Tennis-
Great Britain on the Map again '
After the recent victory of the British team in the Challenge Round of tho Davis Cup, F. J. Perry broadcast a description of the match. Today listeners will hear the voice of England's other singles representative, whose play throughout the competition did so much to secure final victory. H. W. Austin will discuss the outstanding features of the Lawn Tennis world, women players, and the effect the Davis Gup victory and Perry's recent capture of the American Singles Championship have had on Britain's prestige in the world of international sport.
The Reverend SIMON JONES
Reading extracts from the Crown Poem, Wrexham,
' Around the Horn '
(West Regional Programme)
The Reverend S. B. Jones , the Crown Bard of this year's Royal National Eisteddfod at Wrexham, will read portions of his prize peom, Rownd yr Horn.' As the title indicates, the poem is about the sea. Mr. Jones went to sea at the age of sixteen, but after a year met a with serious accident. Be returned to Wales, studied at Bangor University and at a theological college, and is at present a minister in Peniel and Bwlychycorn, Carmarthen.
Mr. CECIL ROBERTS : ' The Dover Patrol'
The second of a popular Saturday series of talks, in which famous journalists will tell of exciting, amusing, and interesting things that have happened to them in pursuit of news. Mr. Cecil Roberts , journalist and novelist, saw the war at sea at close quarters in his capacity as Naval Correspondent with the Grand Fleet, Dover Patrol, Milford Convoy. He will tell tonight of the excitement, humours and trials encountered by a journalist seeking his story ' at that post of honour of the naval war.' He was stationed on a torpedo-boat destroyer. The work of the Patrol was easily defined, but fantastically dillieult to carry out. Its job was to close the Straits of Dover to hostile shipping.
Fifteen Minutes with a Guitar and Piano
LEN FILLIS and AUSTEN CROOM-JOHNSON
Massed Bands conducted by J. HENRY ILES
Relayed from The Crystal Palace
Bands taking part:
Fodens Motor Works, Black Dyke Mills, Wingates Temperance, Irwell Springs, Harton Colliery ,
Crystal Palace, and Baxendale's (Manchester) The National Band Festival, of which His Majesty the King is the Patron, was founded by J. Henry lies in 1900, when the late Sir Arthur Sullivan was associated with him in conducting the Massed Bands. Every year since Mr. lies has conducted at all performances. All taking part in the Festival must be amateur working-men musicians. Their keenness and enthusiasm for music is very great and Crystal Palace day is tho big event of tho year for them. These bands come from every part of the United Kingdom, and the Festival has now grown to vast proportions and is unquestionably the largest gathering of its kind in the world. Over five thousand British working-men musicians take part in today's series of contests, which start with those of the Junior bands and are graded in various sections up to the Championship Contest, the winning of which is regarded as the * Blue Ribbon ' of the Brass Band world. The Thousand Guinea Challenge Trophy goes with the Championship, and a large number of Cups and Trophies, with considerable sums of cash, make the total value of the prizes competed for during the day over £2,000. This concert of the Massed Bands is the great climax of the Festival.
An interlude of ten minutes 'punctuated' humour from this famous comedian gives the day's broadcasting another popular feature. ' Stainless Stephen ' is a Sheffield schoolmaster, and a real radio comedian. He started work on the music-halls in 1921. His first broadcast in 1923 was soon followed by national popularity, and ho has broadcast over one hundred and fifty times since. He evolved the idea for his punctuation style while on a signalling course.
with THE B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA in Impressions of Famous Bands and New Numbers from the U.S.A.
A few days ago Henry Hall returned from his first visit to America. While in the States be naturally devoted a good deal of his time to making the acquaintance of the leading American dance bands. In tonight's programme, assisted by the B.B.C. Dance Orchestra, he will give impressions of the playing of various transatlantic bands, introducing at the same time a number of new dance tunes which will be heard over here for the first time.
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL NEWS
An After-Harvest Party
Relayed from The Tithe Barn at Little Twittering with THE WIRELESS CHORUS and THE B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA
Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
In accordance with the time-honoured custom of the village, the After-Harvest Party will be held tonight in the Tithe-Barn by kind permission of Mr. George. Harvests have been bumper this year, thanks to the favourable weather and the fine work of all concerned, so it is especially hoped that tonight's After-Harvest Party will be a bumper one too.
We are indeed fortunate in having this year the services of distinguished London artists in addition to our better-known (locally) local talent.
The best thanks of the village are due to the Rector, who will preside, for providing the choir. We all know the work our worthy churchwarden, Mr. Willetts, has done in years gone by as well as this, and we hope Little Twittering will reward him as he deserves by rolling up properly. The catering arrangements are in the quick and capable hands of the Women's Institute, so that department should be all right, anyway.
We are asked by the Rector to request that spoons and saucers should not be rattled during the items, as last year. In conclusion, it is hoped that a good time will be had by all. (Reprinted, by kind permission, from' The Little Twittering Parish Magazine.')
AMBROSE and his EMBASSY CLUB
On July 29 of this year Ambrose and his Band, whose Saturday night dance music had come to be one of the most popular of the regular programme items, completed five years' continuous broadcasting from the May Fair Hotel. Now the band has returned to its original home at the Embassy Club, where it played from 1920 to 1927, and its regular Saturday night broadcasts are to bo resumed. For the present these broadcasts will be given from the Studio. Tonight's programme is the first under this new arrangement.
(Shipping Forecast at 11.0)