From page 42 of ' When Two or Three'
ELIZABETH HALDANE ,
C. H. Here is a delightful talk about childhood days in a cultured Scottish home in Victorian times. A large Adam house in Edinburgh with incredible discomforts. The nursery food, coals, and most of the bath water had to be carried up three long nights of stairs-an ascent watched by five children with the same interest as the descent of the grown-ups in pairs to dinner. A small girl in a white frock and a blue sash, and four brothers, in kilts which she admired but they hated, being permitted presently to go down for dessert.
They had a tutor who kept the boys in order with a leather strap, and the girl with what he called ' palmies '- exceedingly painful. They had a nurse who discussed the affairs of the world with them and planned their careers.
Visits to London and the queer smell of straw in hansom cabs. Sundays in Scotland, where in the country they drove to church in a big barouche. ' The sermon was long and the preacher was prosy ', and adults kept themselves awake with peppermint drops and snuff.
But sheltered as these children were in some respects, they were made to visit their poorer neighbours in health, in sickness, and even in death. They saw around them the evidence of the drunkenness of their times, and received members of the countering temperance movement, who arrived on the lawn with banners bearing mottoes, Wha would hae a drucheri man ? '
It was probably because as a child
Elizabeth Haldane was acquainted with life's hard facts that she became the first woman J.P. for Scotland. She is the author of a number of books, including' The Scotland of my Fathers', published last year.
MARIE-LOUISE HILLER , D.Phil., and RUDOLF KOTTENHAHN : In der Küche '
Act II of Donizetti's Opera
' Don Pasquale '
ORCHESTRA OF LA SCALA, MILAN
Conductor, CARLO SABAJNO
by A. M. HENDERSON
Relayed from the Elder Memorial
Chapel, Western Infirmary, Glasgow
Directed by Guy Daines
' The Practice and Science of Gardening' B. A. KEEN , D.Sc. : 7-' The Buried
EILEEN POWER (Professor of Economic History in the University of London) :
The Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir Hamilton Harty : Prelude, Khovantchina (Mussorgsky)
Don Cossack Choir : Signal March of the Cavalry; The Imprisoned Cossacks
The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates : Doubinushka (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Don Cossack Choir : The Twelve
Robbers ; On the road to St. Petersburg
The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates : Cortege des Nobles (Procession of the Nobles) (Mlada) (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Don Cossack Choir : Dance Song ;
Songs of the Cossacks ; Braynja ; On the River Kasenka
The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates : Gopak (Fair of Sorotchinski) (Mussorgsky)
' Early Stages in German '
A. H. WINTER assisted by M. E. GILBERT
JOSEPH SLATER (flute)
MARIE KORCHINSKA (harp)
(Leader, Alfred Cave)
Conducted by LESLIE HEWARD
Tchaikovsky's ' Casse Noisette ' (Nutcracker) Suite contains some of the daintiest ballet music ever written, The whole work is, of course, much longer than the suite, which contains only some of the best numbers, and lasts for a considerable time when presented on the stage. The story of the ballet is taken from
E. T. A. Hoffmann's fantastic fairy-tale, ' Nutcracker and Mouse-King'this Hoffmann being the Hoffmann of Offenbach's opera-and is of a type that seems very much to appeal to Russian artists and audiences. The complete ballet was first produced in St. Petersburg in 1892, and the Suite was introduced to England by Sir Henry Wood at a Promenade Concert in 1896.
Directed by HENRY HALL
including Weather Forecast and Bulletin for Farmers
This evening Alistair Cooke is to give the third of his talks, which are proving very popular. He knows how to be lively, spontaneous, and amusing and still do his job as a critic.
The Cinema is as well known to him as the Theatre, and he has been studying and lecturing on both in America for the last two years. This summer he has been doing practical work for Charlie Chaplin in his Holly-wood studios, and before leaving he discussed with the great comedian the present series of talks.
Alistair Cooke is one hundred per cent. in earnest. He believes the cinema is as excellent and necessary and apt for our century as Elizabethan tragedy was for the sixteenth.
The Foundations of English Music
Under the direction of Sir RICHARD RUNCIMAN TERRY NORFOLK FOLK SONGS sung by HARRY Cox
The Captain's Apprentice The Shooting of his Dear
The Transports Young Edmund
Just as the tide was flowing
A. R. Orage
Followed by a Summary by Graham Hutton
(Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY)
Conductor, STANFORD ROBINSON
MALE VOICE CHORUS
Conductor, LESLIE WOODGATE
WILLIAM BARRAND (baritone)
At the pianoforte, ERNEST LUSH
0 Soldier, Soldier (No. 3) The Angler's Song (No. 2) My daddy is dead (No. 9)
I have house and land in Kent (No. 33) The Oak and the Ash (No. 53) The Jolly Waggoner (No. 15)
Ca' the Ewes to the Knowes (No. 41)
The Jolly Ploughboy (No. 5)
The Lass that loves a Sailor (No. 12) Peaceful Slumb'ring (No 13) Old Towler (No. 18)
The Twelve Days of Christmas (No. 22)
(From ' Twice 44 Sociable Songs ', arranged by Geoffrey Shaw )
including Weather Forecast and Forecast for Shipping
THE ENGLISH ENSEMBLE :
MARJORIE HAYWARD (violin) ; REBECCA CLARKE (viola); MAY MUKLE (violoncello) ; KATHLEEN LONG (pianoforte) All Nationals, except Droitwich, close down at 11.15
THE CASANI CLUB ORCHESTRA
Directed by CHARLES KuNz Relayed from Casani's Club