by Dom GREGORY MURRAY
Relayed from Downside Abbey
AMONG MUSICIANS Downside Abbey is associated with its organ, which, built by John Compton in very recent years, is regarded as one of the finest in England. Listeners will recall that the recently-built organ in the Concert Hall at Broadcasting House, is also by John Compton , and its construction and general characteristics are very closely related to the earlier instrument built in Downside Abbey.
A Running Commentary by three
Commentators on the Senior International Auto-Cycle Tourist
Relayed from the Isle of Man
At the Grand Stand : Major VERNON
At Creg-na-Baa: JAMES L. FINIGAN At the Hairpin Bend, Ramsey :
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, at 13.00
As an alternative to the Scottish Regional programme for Schools from 14.00 to
15.45 Scottish National will radiate the Regional programme. (Details at foot of page.)
14.05 (-14.25) Life and Work in the British Empire-7
' Sierra Leone : The Land of Freed
Slaves ', by ' Adam Broome '
14.30 (-14.55) English Literature:
' Some Books I like '
S. P. B. MAIS : 'Robbery under
Under the direction of Sir WALFORD DAVIES a Programme of Grieg's Music, including: Aus Holberg Zeit and Peer
Gynt Suite No. I
THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA (Section F)
(Led by Marie Wilson )
Conducted by AYLMER BUESST
MARY HAMLIN (soprano)
ONCE MORE Sir Walford Davies broadcasts his End of the Term Concert, taking for his material the works he has been talking about during the term.
His method will be to play excerpts from the suites on the piano to indicate the orchestration and to show how the orchestra gives colour to the music and enriches it. Schools will also hear the orchestra actually playing the suites. Sir Walford will, of course, direct the whole broadcast, and will introduce the items himself as he has done throughout the present series of Friday afternoon Concert Talks.
G. M. BOUMPHREY
SINCE his TALK last week Mr. Geoffrey Boumphrey has covered a lot of ground. He has travelled the Icknield Way, walking, roughly speaking, in a south-westerly direction from Royston in Hertfordshire, through Baldock, Dun-stable, Wendover, past Watlington on the Chiltern Hills, over Swincombe Down, and on to Cleeve and Streatley.
He next travelled the loop of the Ridge Way. Starting from Streatley and passing through Segsbury Camp, two and a half miles south of Wantage, he negotiated Letcombe Camp and walked more or less northwest to
Dragon Hill and White Horse, two miles south of Uffington ; thence in a south-westerly direction through Ash-bury and Bishopstone to Fox Hill.
Lastly, he took Ermine Street.
Cricklade, Cirencester, Gloucester. Thence across the Severn and Forest of Dean to Coleford, south down the Wye Valley, and on to Chepstow and Caerleon, above Newport, Mon.
in Pages from Sandy Powell 's Album introducing
Mr JAMES FLETCHER
FRANK MAYFAIR and EDDIE GRANGE
THE HARMONICA BAND and SANDY POWELL with THE B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA
Conducted by KNEALE KELLEY
This programme was broadcast by the Regionals on Wednesday night
Act III: The Toll Gate
22.30 During the Interval
22.45 Act IV : In the Attic
RUDOLPH, the poet of the four irresponsible Bohemians, has already quarrelled with Mimi, with whom he fell so deeply in love earlier in the opera. Marcel, the painter, has, too, fallen out with the temperamental Musetta. The scene of Act IIIincidentally, the most musically beautiful and effective act Puccini ever composed-is outside an inn near the Customs Gate. It is winter, and everyone is cold, irritable, and unhappy. Stragglers come and go. through the gate. Mimi comes in; she is ill, and asks at the inn for Marcel, to whom she tells her love troubles. When Marcel goes to fetch Rudolph, Mimi hides behind a tree. But Rudolph discoveis her, and to passionate music they are reconciled. Not so Marcel and Musetta, who continue to bicker fluently and spitefully. The famous quartet, which is really two contrasted duets sung together, is a delicious piece of music. The scene of Act IV is the garret where the four men live and work. As usual, they make light of their poverty and distress, and romp like schoolboys. Presently Musetta comes in, bringing Mimi with her, for the recent reconciliation . has not lasted very long. Mimi is dying. She is treated tenderly by the men, and all but Rudolph go in search of food and medicine for the sick girl. Left alone, Rudolph and Mimi renew their undying love for one another, but it is too late. No sooner have the others returned than Mimi sinks and is gone before even Rudolph can realise it. The curtain falls on his despairing cry of grief.
Cast in ordcr of appearance :
Conductor, GINO MARINUZZI
Producer, OTTO ERHARDT
Chorus Master, ROBERT AINSWORTH
Relayed from The Royal Opera House,
Marcello, a painter:
Rodolfo, a poet:
Schaunard, a musician:
Colline, a philosopher:
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