From page 90 of ' When Two or Three'
At the Organ of The Plaza Cinema,
Concerto in A minor. Op. 54
Cortot (pianoforte) and The London
Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Landon Ronald : Concerto in A minor. i. Allegro affettuoso ; 2. Intermezzo : Andantino grazioso ; 3. Allegro vivace
Leader, Frank Thomas
Tom Bryant (harp)
Directed by John Bridge
The B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA
Directed by HENRY HALL
The Children's Hour
Scottish Variety with JAMES MCPHEE , in Gaelic Songs
NORA K. MITCHELL , in Poems
THOM B. SHAW , in Reels and Strathspeys and MARY COLQUHOUN , in Songs with Clarsach
(Scottish Regional Programme)
First General News Bulletin
At The Organ of The Tower Ballroom,
A Holiday by the Sea
with BRIAN LAWRENCE Selection, Harry Dacre's Songs
A Bank Holiday Reminiscence
August Bank Holiday seems to conjure up 'Appy 'Ampstead, 'Arry and 'Arriet, ' Pearlies and Costers '. On this day of Carnival they make for the Heath from an early hour, and always have done. The crowds, and ' all the fun of the fair ' are still to be found there, even if some of the picturesqueness is gone. In the old days the women wore huge ostrich ' fewers ' in their hats, and the men came out in suits covered with pearl buttons. And how they enjoyed themselves in the care-free atmosphere of a bright day on Hampstead Heath I Changing hats and dancing; cokernut shies, swings and roundabouts ; ' ticklers ' and ' squirts ', ' funny noses ', and ' tell yer fortunes ' , the showman's tent and the ' fat lady'. What fun ! No class barriers, and all strangers pals. Dancing and love-making in the beautiful setting of the Heath, the Old Bull and Bush for refreshment, then home, happy and tired, pockets empty of cash. What matter ? They would be filled again in time for another Bank Holiday.
All costers are lovable people, quickwitted, emotionally sensitive and generous, with an abounding sense of humour, perhaps a little ' broad' at times. They were immortalised on the music-halls by Marie Lloyd , Gus Elen , Alec Hurley , Florrie Forde , Albert Chevalier , Charles Pond , and a host of others.
Cyril Nash. who is featured in ‘ People You Hear ' on page 286, got to know the Cockney and his cousin, the coster, when his work in his younger days took him to the East End of London and the Docks. He has written a little play combined with typical variety turns, designed to show through the characters of ' Arry and 'Arriet, the quick change from tears and fears to gaiety and laughter, the friendliness, the camaraderie, and the devotion of 'Arry and 'Arriet, each to the other, at various stages in their thirty-four years of married life.
Second General News Bulletin
By SCOTT GODDARD
(Led by LAURANCE TURNER )
Conducted by WARWICK BRAITHWAITE
Symphony in E flat
Franz Beck (1731-1809), ed.
Sondheimer I. Allegro con brio; 2. Andante; 3. Funebre—Menuett I and 11-Funebre
Franz Beck , a German-born musician, settled in Bordeaux in his late thirties round about 1761, probably the year in which this symphony was written. He worked in Bordeaux for the rest of his life, gaining there considerable reputation as composer, conductor, organist and teacher. He composed a great deal, and much of his symphonic work is worth something much better than oblivion.
This symphony, recently re-edited, was composed for strings, with horns in the first and third movements. It is a short work, the whole playing for a quarter of an hour only. The music is bright, straightforward, and typical mid-eighteenth century. The expression Funebre marked against two sections between which two Minuets are sandwiched in the last movement, need alarm no listener. The music so marked is merely the nearest approach to solemnity this genial composer could make. It is in three-four, not even in march time.
Schubert was no more than sixteen when he composed this piece of orchestral music. Despite its title of overture, it is the prelude to nothing discoverable, for Schubert did not complete his first opera for another two years. He was, however, already a frequent visitor to the opera house and composed this and several other overtures probably as an agreeable exercise.
By T. E. Brown
Read by PATRICIA McNABB
JACK JACKSON and his BAND
Relayed from The May Fair Hotel
Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only, at 23.00 (11.0)