From page 96 of ' When Two or Three'
by H.M. THE KING
The Mersey Tunnel, which His Majesty the King is to open today (his speech being broadcast on the National wavelength approximately at noon), is the biggest work of its kind in the world. It has taken eight and a half years to build, at a cost of, roughly, seven and a half million pounds. Lined with cast-' iron segments bolted together, the tunnel is over two miles long and capable of taking four lines of traffic abreast. It provides the necessary link for vehicular traffic between Liverpool and Birkenhead, and at the same time connects the general highways systems which hitherto have been severed by the natural barrier of the River Mersey. A week of pageantry is taking place on Merseyside to celebrate the opening of the Tunnel and, incidentally, that of the East Lancashire road between Liverpool and Manchester.
The scenes preceding and attending the arrival of the Royal party at the Tunnel entrance are being described in a running commentary; and listeners will be able to hear the cheers of the onlookers and the bands, choirs, and community singers in action.
At The Organ of The Trocadero
Cinema, Elephant and Castle
Leader, Frank Thomas
Victor Hunt (tenor)
, at 13.00 (1.0)
Relayed from The Savoy Hotel
by CECIL Dixon
Sir DAN GODFREY
The Pavilion, Bournemouth
Nicholas Gatty , teacher, critic and composer, is known to the public chiefly as' a composer of operas. Audiences at the Old Vic have frequently heard one or two of them, such as Prince Fcrclon, a one-act extravaganza, and The Tempest, a setting of Shakespeare's text in three acts. Before the war he had operatic successes with Greysteel and Duke or Devil, both one-act operas, produced by the Moody Manners Opera Company. He has, however, written symphonic and chamber music, his best known orchestral work being the spirited ' Variations on Old King Cole
The opera, or rather music drama, Bronwen, is the third of the trilogy composed by Josef Holbrooke on the text of T. E. Ellis (the pen name aof Lord Howard de Walden). The three dramas (the first two are The Children (if Don and Dylan) together form an epic of Wagnerian dimensions entitled The Cauldron of Amvyn, founded on Welsh mythology. The first of the trilogy was produced in London in 1912 and performed later in Vienna and Salzburg (1923) ; Dylan was produced in London two years later at Drury Lane Theatre ; and Bronwen was given its first performance by the Carl Rosa Opera Company in 1929. The story of the trilogy is tragic and passionate, and the music is in keeping with the strong, darkly painted moods of the text. The overture to Bronwen is often played separately in the concert room.
Homer Simmons, a young American piiinist and composer, who received his early musical education and training in Southern California, where he lives, has recently been studying with Paderewski, and will make his first appearance in England with the Bournemouth. Orchestra today.
THE B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA
Directed by HENRY HALL
The Children's Hour
' Uncle Sambo' will entertain and will tell another story by Flittermousc
New Nature Songs by Martin Shaw , sung by GEORGE PARKER
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
At The Organ of The Tower Ballroom,
The broadcast opens with a yo-jn-; honeymoon couple talking in Hyde Park. They are to go abroad and their minds are full of it. They doze, and dream. In a succession of episodes music will conjure up the countries they are in. Barcelona and a bull fight, with the Toreador's song from Carmen ; an Italian scene ; the Prater in Vienna ; Budapest and gypsies; Berlin, and soldiers marching through the Unterden-Linden ; old German student songs ; Russia with its exciting music, and a woman singing the old Russian folk song, ' Sarafan '.
There will be music throughout. dialogue, and effects. The pot-pourri is, as it were, a moving picture in sound. conveying in well-known marches, waltzes, and so forth a background ot the principal countries in Europe.
Second General News Bulletin
Conductor, C. A. WATERS
TOPLISS GREEN (baritone)
'The World is too much with us,' by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
Read by EITHNE McNEIGHT
Jack Jackson and his Band
Relayed from The Dorchester Hotel
Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only at 23.00 (11.00)