From page 45 of' When Two or Three '
Mr. WILFRID ROBERTS
THIS MORNINGWilfrid Roberts will talk of the woods and the things that belong to the woods, the echoes and birds and mammal life, and the woodman himself.
The one he will discuss as a type is eighty years old, and his skill at felling and cutting is inherited, for his family have followed the same calling and have lived in the same cottage for four hundred years. The thatch has gone, but the old weather-proof house has its roots in a Roman wall. Here, in his dark, snug kitchen, amid the redolent smell of burning wood and against a background of pewter handed down from generation to generation, is the old Woodman to be found when he is not out pursuing his calling.
There is little he does not know about weather omens, and the traits and spoor of bird and beast. The white-rumped jay, chattering through the wood, tells him there is a stranger about; he knows the ivy-clad trees where the hen pheasant flies silent to roost, and the holes in the earth where rabbit and fox and badger lie up in the daytime.
At The Organ of The Plaza Cinema,
Leader, Frank Thomas
Wilfrid Thomas (bass-baritone)
Time Signal, Greemvich, at 1.0
Between 2.0 and 4.0 the Scottish National transmitter will radiate the Regional programme. Details at foot of page
2.5 (- 2.25) Science and Agriculture-3
Sir JOHN RUSSELL , D.Sc., F.R.S. :
' Meat Animals'
2.30 (- 2.55) World History
Mr. ALEC MAcDoNALD : ' Europe spreads East and West'
A Pianoforte Recital by Wilhelm Kempff
Siciliano from the Second Sonata for Flute (Bach, arr. Kempff) ; Sonata in C, Op. 53 (Waldstein); ist movement, Allegro con brio (Beethoven)
Early Stages in German-3
Herr A. HERMANN WINTER
John Hamilton (violin)
Jacqueline Townshend (pianoforte)
Directed by Guy Daines
THE B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA
Directed by HENRY HALL
The Children's Hour
Songs by FREDERICK GRISEWOOD
' Flip the Penguin ' by ELEANOR FARJEON
A new story by ToNY GALLOWAY
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
Weber's Pianoforte Sonatas
Played by FRANK MANNHEIMER
Sonata in C (Op. 24) i. Allegro; 2. Adagio ; 3. Menuetto : Allegro ; 4. Rondo : Presto
Mr. DESMOND MACCARTHY
Commander STEPHEN KING-HALL
Mr. MAURICE HEALY : ' Irish Character'
Directed by HENRY HALL
Weather Forecast, Second General
Mr. JOHN SCOTT :
' Travel in China'
LAST YEAR John Scott made a journey across China, from Shanghai to Tibet, and this broadcast is an account of it. If it was far from comfortable, it was full of variety, for it was made by boat, train, motor-bus, aeroplane, and mule.
Shanghai, the starting point, is
Chinese, French, and International. As a port it rivals Hong-Kong, which is purely British. Famous for its industries and activities, Shanghai is also a cosmopolis of pleasure, the lights of the Fou-Tcheou Road shining until dawn.
From there, then, the journey was by steamer up the Blue River, one of the widest in the world, its banks lined with ' sampans ' or houseboats, carrying China's floating population. After a day and a night Nanking, the capital of the first Ming, and now the capital of modern China, was reached. It enjoys the prestige of an old University City, and manufactures such things as one would expect it to-the best books, the best paper, the best ink.
From here the journey was by train to a walled city in the great North-Western plain, and thence by 'bus, leaving civilisation farther and farther behind. This talk is vivid with an account of impressions and things seen on the way, but surely no listener will want to spend a night as John Scott did in a North China inn.
LESLIE STUART 'S Florodora had a run of 455 performances when it was produced in 1899 at the Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, and it has been twice revived, in 1915 and in 1931. A great deal of the music still retains its freshness and charm-indeed, the tuneful ' Tell me, pretty maiden ' is something of a classic--and, though Stuart wrote other musical comedies, Florodora remains the best thing he ever did. The original cast was a distinguished one ; it included Evie Greene as Dolores, Ada Reeve as Lady Holyrood, Kate Cutler as Angela, Willie Edouin as Tweedlepunch, and Nina Sevening in a small part-great names and delightful memories to a now middle-aged generation. The book was by Owen Hall , Paul Rubens had a hand in the lyrics, and the conductor was a young man of great promise by the name of Landon Ronald.
The music of the late Leslie Stuart is chiefly remarkable for its engaging melodiousness. Few musical comedy composers could write tunes as haunting and as musically good as could Stuart at his best. He came to London after fourteen years as organist in Salford and Manchester, and quickly made hits with such songs as ' The Bandolero ', which he wrote for Signor Foli , ' Louisiana Lou ', which Ellaline Terriss popularised in The Shop Girl, ' The Soldiers of the Queen ', as good a tune now as it was nearly forty years ago, when it set the whole country singing, and the songs he wrote for Eugene Stratton—' Little Dolly Daydream ' and ' The Lily of Laguna '. But it is for Florodora that Leslie Stuart will be best remembered.
This musical comedy will be broadcast again by all Regional transmitters on Wednesday evening.
A short article on Florodora, by M. Willson Disher , appears on page 224.
THE CASANI CLUB Orchestra
Directed by CHARLES Kunz
Relayed from Casani's Club
(Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only, at 11.0)