From page 27 of 'When Two or Three'
At The Organ of The Plaza Cinema,
Leader, Frank Thomas
Mari Elwyn (soprano)
Directed by John Bridge
A Band Concert
The Band of H.M. Grenadier
Guards, conducted by Captain George Miller : Marching with Sousa
The Italian Marine Band : Selection,
The Merry Widow (l,ehar)
Irish Army Band No. I, conducted by Colonel Fritz Brase : Irish Fantasy, Erin for Ever
Grand Massed Bands, conducted by Henry Geehl : Radetzky March (Johann Strauss )
Directed by Guy Daines
(Scottish Regional Programme)
THE B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA
Directed by HENRY HALL
The Children's Hour
' His Worship Flies a Kite', a tale by WALTER ALLEN
Songs at the Piano by LAURA MANN
THE MIDLAND STUDIO ORCHESTRA, directed by FRANK CANTELL
' The Powerful Herb', an Irish story by NORAH HOLLOWAY
(Midland Regional Programme)
AS she is of Irish descent it is natural that Norah Holloway should find among the Celtic legends material for the charming stories she has broadcast on many occasions. She is known to listeners not only as an author, but also as a character actor, and, in her own words, she is never at her best unless she is someone else. Even her nationality may be changed at will, for she finds the Scottish brogue comes as ' trippingly off the tongue ' as her native Irish. A good many of her Irish stories have been read in the London Children's Hour.
Walter Allen first introduced himself on the air by a series of amusing stories dealing with the fictitious
Mayor of World's End and Nether Widdup , in which he endows various inanimate objects with living personalities. He figures in more serious vein as a journalist and literary critic.
The musical side of the hour will be provided by Laura Mann in songs at the piano, and the Midland Studio Orchestra, who are great favourites with the children.
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin
BEETHOVEN'S PIANOFORTE SONATAS played by EDWARD ISAACS
Sonata in F minor (Op. 2, No. 1) i. Allegro; 2. Adagio ; 3. Menuetto: Allegretto ; 4. Prestissimo
(Dedicated to Joseph Haydn )
' the form of the Sonata ', wrote Wagner, ' is the transparent veil through which Beethoven seems to have looked at all music'. And it would seem to follow that the sonatas in their grandeur, their variety, and their emotional progression, faithfully reflect the composer's artistic life.
Beethoven wrote thirty-two sonatas for the pianoforte, the first (dedicated to Haydn) in 1796, and the last in 1822, five years before his death. Historians are agreed that the development of Beethoven's art is divided into three periods, each marking a definite style. The sonatas to be heard this week are placed by most critics in the earliest period, which, built at first on Haydn and Mozart, progressed gradually towards the individual style that was to he so marvellously expressed in the best creative years of his life-the so-called middle period. But when listening to the sonatas, speculations of this sort quickly give way to unquenchable amazement at the infinite variety and beauty of the themes, the splendour of the designs, and the emotional depths revealed in the sonatas, whether the listener is hearing them for the first time or the hundred and first.
Commander STEPHEN KING-HALL
'Modern Problems : The Treaty and the League'
Another John Southern's Hour of an Old-time Music-hall during which some of England's most famous Music-hall stars of years ago will appear
ORCHESTRA under the direction of KNEALE KELLEY
AT A time when Variety is coming back into its own, it is fitting that the old stars of the music-hall's hey-day should be remembered, and no one is better entitled to bring them back before the public than John Southern, who has done so much for the profession. He introduced ' Non-stop ' Variety at the London Pavilion in 1932, and since then he has revived the old music-hall atmosphere at the Garrick Theatre and restored Variety to several other houses, including the Victoria Palace.
So successful was John Southern's
Hour on March 3-listeners being so ' glad to remember'â€”that this evening he is to bring before the microphone more of those truly great artists who were the backbone of the music-hall when some of us were young.
Such an hour conjures up the days of smart hansoms with bells on the harness ; of Marie Lloyd singing some provocative songs at the Tivoli with a twinkle in her eyes; of Adeline Geneve dancing at the Empire ; of Malcolm Scott , costumed as ' The Woman Who Knows ', driving in his brougham from his turn at the Oxford to give it again at the London Pavilion.
They were people of personality who sang great songs : Vesta Tilley , Vesta Victoria and Victoria Monks , T. E. Dunville , Charles Coborn , and Arthur Roberts. There are many of the old stars still with us, and some of them are to come before the microphone tonight.
Weather Forecast, Second General News Bulletin
Captain G. EYSTON
' Fatigue and the Modern World'
By a DOCTOR
A Whitsun Holiday Radio News-Reel
ALL the FUN of the FAIR from HAMPSTEAD HEATH and BLACKPOOL... TOUR of COX'S CAVE, CHEDDAR... with WELSH HOLIDAY-MAKERS at WESTON-SUPER-MARE... ROLLING the WHITSUN CHEESE at COOPER'S HILL.... MANCHESTER WHIT-MONDAY WALKS... LANCASHIRE V. YORKSHIRE at SHEFFIELD.... 'HOMEWARD BOUND' from an ARTERIAL ROAD
BANK HOLIDAY! All the fun of the fair, from Hampstead Heath, Blackpool Entertainment Park Sound-shots of holiday makers in all parts of England... touring the famous Cheddar Caves... landing from the Welsh excursion boats at Weston-super-Mare... trekking home in their thousands by car and charabanc, bus, bicycle, on foot along the Portsmouth Road... glimpses of old customs retained through the years from a merrier England... the ancient Whit-Monday rite of cheese rolling at Cooper's Hill, Gloucester... the Whit-Monday walk of white-clad children with their bands through the streets of Manchester... back to London for a typical holiday 'sing-song'.
Both direct relays and recordings made earlier in the day will be blended in this topical radio news-reel, in which the Midland, West, and North Regional programme staffs are co-operating with London to provide a nation-wide celebration of today's holiday events.
Musical Horse Play written and produced by STANLEY LUPINO
Lyrics by DESMOND CARTER, FRANK EYTON , and LESLIE SARONY
Music by BILLY MAYERL
Cast in order of appearance:
The scene is outside the stables of the Braces' house at Epsom on the afternoon before Derby Day
BILLY MAYERL'S ORCHESTRA
The programme contains the following note:—
'Please do not try to discover the plot of this show. This only leads to insanity, and we have enough crazy people behind the curtain without having them in front'
Relayed from THE GAIETY THEATRE
Gerald Dane (Father of Mabel and Maud):
Claude Barrington (the Braces' Butler):
LEW STONE and his BAND
Relayed from Monseigneur
(Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only, at 23.00)