Leader, Frank Thomas
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alois Melichar : Polonaise, Act III (Eugene Onegin )
The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates : Symphony No. 3 in D, Op. 29 i. Introduzione e allegro moderato assai-allegro brillante ; 2. Alia tedesca ; 3. Andante elegiaco ; 4. Scherzo and Trio; 5. Finale (allegro con fuoco-tempo di polacca)
THE BROADCAST this afternoon will trace the history of British sculpture from days before the Conquest down to the present time. Pre-Norman sculpture had amongst its examples figures and reliefs in bone and ivory, and larger reliefs built into walls. Norman decorations were bolder and rougher ; then in the thirteenth century, a period when good stone and wood were abundant, figures and ornaments were carved ' on the job '. Later, shops started at quarries and in busy centres,
I supplying figures for tombs and so on for several centuries, and even exporting them. The listener will hear how the craving for foreign style dealt a death blow to the native tradition of English sculpture, which remained moribund down to recent times.
Mr. R. M. Y. Gleadowe will also discuss drawing, which is the basis of sculpture and all other crafts. The British genius is for line rather than tone, and English drawing and design today seem to be reverting to tradition.
Mr. R. M. Y.
Tessa Richardson (contralto)
by SIGURD RASCHER
IN TUNING IN to this broadcast, listeners must completely revise their ideas of the saxophone. In the hands of Sigurd Rascher the instrument enters the lists in company with the recognised equipment of accepted virtuosi, and becomes a most effective and sympathetic medium for rendering serious music as though to the manner born.
As a matter of fact, the saxophone has a most respectable pedigree, and the dance band has a moral claim on its services no greater than had Fagin on Oliver Twist 's. Tonight listeners will hear Sigurd Rascher demonstrating how intelligent an instrument is the saxophone in the right hands, and how beautifully it can be taught to speak.
Conducted by The Rev. Canon PERCY DEARMER , D.D.
'The Treasure Hid'
Hymns: Songs of Praise, Nos. 618, 664, and 413
Rev. Canon Percy
by O. H. PEASGOOD
From The Concert Hall
' The Talking Leaf, by Miss MARGARET WRONG , Secretary to the International. Committee on Christian Literature for
EVEN IN THESE DAYS of educated and civilised native communities in Africa and elsewhere, one thinks of a ready demand among them for coloured finery, or anything else gaudy or appetising to appeal to the senses. But the last thing one imagines is a demand for serious books.
They call books ' The Talking Leaf.
They ask for fact, not fiction. Books on people or hygiene; on gardening or cooking; even on music.
Margaret Wrong , Secretary to the International Committee on Christian Literature for Africa, is just back from a tour through the country by boat, and car, and aeroplane, undertaken in connection with this work, which is to explore the needs and to stimulate a supply of books of all sorts.
She will relate this afternoon how she found an awakening and a hunger for literature in these unexpected places and in such unexpected people.
A Canadian, she was formerly Lecturci in History and Dean of Women at
Toronto University, and later a secretary in this country of the Student Christian Movement.
THE INTERNATIONAL STRING
ANDRÉ MANGEOT (violin) ; WALTER PRICE (violin); ERIC BRAY (viola); JACK SHINEBOURNE (violoncello)
DR. CYRIL ROOTHAM was given the post of organist and musical director of St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1901, when he was no older than twenty-six ; he has held that post ever since. His influence has in that time been enormous, for a number of distinguished musicians of today graduated at Cambridge and came under Dr. Rootham's tuition. He has also composed himself in the time he has been able to spare from his duties. His compositions include an opera, The Two Sisters, a choral work, ' The Brown Earth ', which received the Carnegie Award, and some chamber music, of which this Quartet is the only one, of three, so far published. It was produced by the Philharmonic String Quartet in 1915. Rootham's style is restrained, his harmonics diatonic, and his music tends towards a polyphonic texture. Most of his work has a marked modal feeling and it is clear that folk-songs and the classical schools have influenced him to the exclusion of practically all later tendencies.
'THE ' chansons DE BILITIS ' are settings bv Debussy of poems by Pierre Louys. Bilitis, to whom the poet ascribed them, is a purely imaginary poetess of ancient days, and Louys wrote them as though to recount her own experiences, pretending that he had transcribed them from some old Egyptian papyrus. In Debussy's hands they acquire a new expressiveness and beauty, although one that seems to grow very naturally from them. That was one direction in which he was signally successful; even those who are not quite in sympathy with his instrumental music have always felt that in the poems he chose for his vocal pieces, he found exactly the right music to illuminate and emphasise their moods and meanings. What we have come to call the musical atmosphere is unmistakably right in all of his songs. And, despite their pretended Egyptian origin, these are rich in all the qualities which mark Debussy as typically French.
The Roman Republic Lucretius, The Poet-Philosopher, 3
(Translated by H. A. J. Munro )
Read by RONALD WATKINS
H. A. J.
by SINCLAIR LOGAN (baritone)
Mells Parish Church
Order of Service :
Hymn, All people that on earth do dwell (Ancient and Modem No. 166 ; English Hymnal No. 365)
Psalms 127 and 128
First Lesson, Isaiah xxxv
Second Lesson, St. John vi, 41-51
Hymn, Through all the changing scenes of life (Ancient and Modem, No. 290; English Hymnal, No. 502)
Address by the Rev. Canon J. 0.
CANON J. O. HANNAY , who gives the address, has been Canon of St. Patrick's Cathedral since 1912, and rector of Mells since 1924. He is better known as ' George A. Birmingham ', the popular novelist and author of the successful plavs General John Regan , 1913, and Send for Dr. O'Grady, 1923.
An appeal on behalf of THE SALVATION ARMY by the Most Honourable THE MARQUESS
OF CREWE, K.G.
THIS APPEAL is on behalf of the Self-Denial Fund of the Salvation Army that body which, starting in the East End of London within the lifetime of many listeners, has spread its beneficial activities right round the world.
Within that time it has risen from obscurity, ridicule, and persecution to a position of appreciation of its spiritual message and its social services in nearly 18,000 centres, in no less than eighty-six countries. Yugoslavia, Tanganyika, French Guiana (Devil's Island) and Uganda were added to the list last year. The Salvation Army ministers to an infinite variety of human need, literally from the cradle to the grave.
Lack of money, certainly not lack of devoted and trained workers, alone hinders the Army's advancement and prevents it, for example, from opening its much-needed nineteenth Eventide Home for aged people in this country and its seventh Leper Colony abroad. For maintenance of existing work and necessary extensions a total sum of £325,000 from all sources is required at Headquarters yearly, of which more than one half must be raised by the Self-Denial effort as a whole.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged, and should be addressed to [address removed]
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An Anthology of Sacred Music under the direction of Sir WALFORD DAVIES
THE WIRELESS SINGERS
Conductor, Sir DAN GODFREY FREDA TOWNSON (contralto)
The Pavillon, Bournemouth
(For details, see page 282)