Special Readings and Prayers
Hymns: A. and M. 124, Resting from his work today
A. and M. 172, Praise to the Holiest in the Height
Leader, Frank Thomas
Directed by Joseph Muscant
The Commodore Theatre,
A Miscellaneous Programme
At The Organ of The Granada,
A Light Entertainment with BERT COPLEY (compere)
Directed by HENRY HALL
The Children's Hour
'The Champion of Chew Faster', an exciting event in the West Country by DOROTHY WORSLEY
(West Regional Programme)
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin
BOMBARDIER WELLS: From a Ring-
THE SPEAKER this evening will always have a place in our gallery of boxers. He stood for all that was best in the game, and perhaps the finest tribute one can pay to him is to remember that his universal popularity, which was won by his victories, was undiminished in his defeats.
He did most of his boxing before the War ; learnt it as a member of the Broad Street Club down at Shadwell, but only made up his mind to turn professional when he was with the Army in India.
He won the Heavyweight Cham pionship of Britain, and kept it from 1911 to 1919. He won the Lonsdale belt outright by beating such boxers and fighters as Iron Hague, Packey Mahoney , and Sergeant Voyles.
Those who heard his broadcast in 1933 on Giants of Yesterday and Today had an example both of his modesty and spirit. He might have mentioned casually that he met Georges Carpentier twice. But he went out of his way to. tell listeners that Carpentier knocked him out in seventy-five seconds at the National Sporting Club in 1913. And it was a splendid moment in his talk when he said : ' But, Georges, I'd like to have another turn with you, Although you're seven years younger. I don't believe you'd beat me.' That has been the spirit of the best boxers in the long and glorious annals of the ring.
A Song Recital by NORA D'ARGEL (soprano)
Y Wesle Olaf
(The Last Wesleyan)
A. P. HERBERT
A Topical Supplement to the Week's
ELSIE and DORIS WATERS Entertainers
RUDY STARITA Vibraphone and Xylophone Solos
ARTHUR PRINCE and Jim
THE WESTERN BROTHERS (Kenneth and George)
THE B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA
Under the direction of S. KNEALE KELLEY
TOPPING THE BILL tonight are Arthur Prince and Jim, who, between them, have been the most famous ventriloquial act in modern times. But there was an occasion when for two performances, the act had a third partner, as successful as he was uninvited.
Peter was a little Persian cat, and one morning took it into his head to follow Arthur Prince to the station. Prince, then, was living at Maidenhead and playing at the Palace Theatre, London. There being no time to take Peter back, he was taken to town.
It was a real day out for him. He lunched at Oddenino's, dined at the Eccentric Club between the shows, and at night repeated his matinee debut to the delight of the audience. For Jim the doll sat on Prince's lap, and Peter sat on Jim's, licking his face. He arrived back at Maidenhead on his master's shoulder at one in the morning, fast asleep, but purring.
Elsie and Doris Waters-' Gert and Daisy 'âare a great draw on the halls, owing to their popularity on the air. If you ever see them, and want to know which is which, Doris is dark and Daisy, Elsie is fair and Gert. Elsie, by the way, is an accomplished violinist and a pupil of Albert Sandier.
The Western Brothers, after a success at the microphone, went into cabaret. They were booked for three days and stayed for three months. That's the sort of thing that happens to them. They write all their own songs.
' Frederique ' isn't her name, but she parted her hair in the middle, put on a suitable accent, and was promptly engaged. But then not many English girls can speak seven languages.
Rudy Starita is to broadcast a piece of music which he specially composed for the xylophone to see how many notes he can get to the minute. The average is 800.... A bill of infinite variety.
Weather Forecast, Second General News Bulletin
The Rev. H. R. L. SHEPPARD ,
Rev. H. R. L.
B. WALTON O'DONNELL
March, The Washington Post Suite, Looking Upward i. By the light of the Polar Star; 2. Beneath the Southern Cross; 3. Mars and Venus
Suite, At the Movies i. Serenaders; 2. Crafty Villain and Timid Maid; 3. Balance all and swing partners
Suite, Cubaland i. Under the Spanish Flag; 2. Under the American Flag ; 3. Under the Cuban Flag
THE GREAT DAYS of John Philip Sousa were in the nineties and for a few years after the turn of the century. He had made a name as conductor of the Marine Band at Washington and again with his own Band which he formed in 1892. Already with a magnificent reputation in two Continents, he further added to his triumphs by writing music to a series of operettas of which El Capitan was the most famous. Thereafter he toured all over the world and blazed the trail for the dance bands of today.
His career-he died two years ago-extended right through the popular and dance music era that began in America some fifty years ago and which has spread in recent years all over the globe, but at no time was he connected with, or even in sympathy with, the jazz movement. He lives today by his marches alone, not that he was satisfied with that reputation only ; he essayed other things besides music of which he wrote a great deal more than just marches and operettas.
There is a certain piquancy in the fact that when in 1903 Sousa took his band to Paris the only criticism of his performance that can be said to have survived is one by, of all people, Claude Debussy. Debussy was struck with Sousa's manner of directing his orchestra. ' One must really ', he says, ' be singularly gifted to conduct this music. Thus, Mr. Sousa beats time in circles, or he shakes an imaginary salad or sweeps up imaginary dust and catches a butterfly out of a contrabass-tuba '. Debussy, however, was not so impressed with the music itself. 'American music ', he goes on to say, ' may be the only kind which can find a rhythm for unspeakable cake-walks. If so, I confess that at present this appears to be its sole claim to superiority over other music .... and that Sousa is indisputably its King '.
THE B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA
Directed by HENRY HALL
(Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only, at 11.0)