From page 87 of ' When Two or Three'
Leader, Frank Thomas
(West Regional Programme)
Directed by Joseph Muscant
The Commodore Theatre,
Conductor, E. GODFREY BROWN
Gogol's fantastic tale supplies the book for The Fair at Sorotchinski, an opera which Mussorgsky left at his death in a fragmentary state. It was not performed till 1914, when it was given in an edition made possible for the stage by Mussorgsky's devoted friends.
The story pictures life in Ukrania, and the songs and dances of country life in that part of Russia are made much of in the music, as in this lively
Gopak. Grytyko, a farmer's son, is to marry Paraska at the fair with his father's consent, but his stepmother intrigues to prevent the marriage. Some gypsy hocus-pocus is used to scare the intriguers out of their wits, and all is well in the end.
At the Organ of the Granada, Tooting
THE B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA
Directed by HENRY HALL
The Children's Hour
The Last Adventure of Pinocchio, by Collodi. ' Pinocchio becomes a Boy ', with incidental 'music played on the piano-accordion by ANGELO
Another Drawing Competition by LOUIS VALENTINE
THE DRAWING COMPETITION devised and broadcast by Louis Valentine was such a success in the spring that you are to try your hand at another today. Sharpen your pencils and turn to the plan on page 971.
If you are all as successful as you were last time, a great many will receive a certificate letter to add to their collection. One is awarded to each successful competitor in any Children's Hour competition. Save them, and when you have six, post them to ' Mac ', and he will send you a silver pencil, and the beautiful award of Honour, designed by Ernest Noble , whose drawings you have seen lately on the Home Pages.
The Award of Honour, as ' Mac ' said in THE RADIO TIMES last week, is ' a very lovely picture '. The colours are beautiful and you will see all your friends in it, from fairy-tale people to delightful insects and animals. Be sure you win it.
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
An Eye-witness Account of the Third
Test Match, by HOWARD MARSHALL
Relayed from Old Trafford, Manchester
(North Regional Programme)
this EVENING Captain E. H. Robinson is to tell some stories and experiences of the ranges at Bisley and to discuss the great contest for the King's Prize. He will also be broadcasting a running commentary on the Final for the King's Prize on Saturday, July 21. He has been shooting for over thirty years, has represented England and Great Britain in all the important team events, and he himself won the King's Prize in 1923. Captain Robinson has been interested in wireless since the days before broadcasting, and first saw and handled a radio valve when he was 4,000 feet in the air during the early daysraf the War. He was one of those extraordinary individuals who hung themselves up in sausage-shaped balloons on the end of a long wire and were familiarly known as ' Balloonatics '.
Somebody thought that wireless would be a better way of maintaining communication with the ground than the ordinary wire telephone that ran down the cable and was always giving trouble. A box of tricks was therefore. put into the balloon basket and up they went.
Valves in those days were crious things that. wanted heating every now and then to restore the vacuum and make them work. One of the valves in the magic box having declined to function, the wireless man wanted to strike a match to heat the valve. He was very annoyed when Captain Robinson knocked the box of matches out of his hand and threatened to throw him out. The wireless man was evidently no chemist, and did not realise the danger of 28,000 cubic feet of hydrogen in close proximity to a naked flame.
Captain E. H.
W. R. ALLEN (baritone)
(West Regional Programme)
(By permission of Col. L. N. Gregson , O.B.E.,
Commanding Irish Guards)
Conducted by Lieut. J. L. T. HURD ,
Director of Music
Col. L. N.
Lieut. J. L. T.
By CHRISTOPHER STONE
Second General News Bulletin
(Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY)
Conductor, STANFORD ROBINSON
THIS astonishing tour de force is of very simple construction. By means of repeating over and over again a Spanish dance tune, a few bars long and probably of direct Oriental origin, and increasing the volume of sound in a well-designed crescendo, Ravel works on the imagination to an extent that makes the climax on which the work finishes a moment of irresistible excitement.
(Solo violoncello, MICHAEL COLLINS )
' HASSAN ', a play of the East, was written by the late James Elroy Flecker , poet and dramatist. The incidental music was composed by his friend Delius , to whom the atmosphere of the play appealed. It was beautifully staged by Basil Dean at His Majesty's
Theatre in 1923, and had a run of 281 performances. This is an arrangement of the Serenade, one of the many striking numbers from the music which has been made into a concert suite by Delius's friend and sometime amanuensis, Eric Fenby.
ALTHOUGH the United States claimed him as a citizen, Victor Herbert was an Irishman by descent, a grandson of the Irish author and composer, Samuel Lover. Herbert spent most of his life in New York and was principal violoncellist in more than one of the great American orchestras. For some years he was a military bandmaster, and then went to Pittsburg to conduct the Symphony Orchestra there; but in 1904, in his forty-fifth year, he resigned his post to give himself up to composition, mainly of light operas and operettas. He produced in all no fewer than thirty-five of these, as well as grand operas and important cantatas, nearly all of them successful. His music is melodious and graceful.
AMBROSE and his EMBASSY CLUB
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