Leader, Philip Whiteway
Conductor, E. GODFREY BROWN
HOOTON MITCHELL (baritone)
Borodin's most important orchestral work after his two fine symphonies is the ' symphonic sketch ',- ' In the Steppes of Central Asia '. It was originally written as a musical background to one of a series of historical tableaux vivants shown during the celebrations of the silver jubilee of the Czar Alexander II in 1880. The music illustrates the following scene : ' The silence of the sandy steppes of Central Asia is interrupted by the first sounds of a peaceful Russian song. Then the melancholy refrain of an Oriental song is heard, and with it the tramp of horses and camels. A caravan escorted by Russian soldiers is crossing the immense desert, fearlessly continuing its long journey under the protection of the Russian troops. The caravan proceeds on its way. The songs of the Russians and those of the Asiatics gradually blend together in the same harmony ; their refrains are heard for some time and finally die away in the distance.'
by OSCAR LAMPE
Conducted by F. V. LLOYD
NORMAN WALKER (bass)
Excerpts from William Wallace 's
Artists : Miriam Licette (soprano),
Clara Serena (contralto), Heddle Nash (tenor), Dennis Noble (baritone)
PERCY MANCHESTER (tenor)
Joan and Betty's Bible Story
By E. R. ApPLETON , West Regional
The Story of the Maccabees, Part I
By the Rev. EDWARD Shillito
' Treasures of Old Testament Poetry'
By the Rev. A. C. DEANE
(Canon of Windsor and Chaplain to
H.M. the King)
Rev. A. C.
Sidney Griller (violin) ; Jack O'Brien (violin); Philip Burton (viola);
Colin Hampton (violoncello)
BETTY BANNERMAN (contralto)
When Dvorak visited America he became extremely interested in Negro and Indian folk songs, so much so that the thematic material of his ' New World ' Symphony, ' Nigger ' String Quartet in F and the String Quintet in E flat was intentionally derived from these sources. At the same time, however, Dvorak did not use any actual songs, rather did he exploit their idiom.
In a letter to Dr. H. C. Colles,
E. H. Krehbiel , a leading American critic who came into contact with Dvorak when the latter was writing the ' New World ' Symphony, says: ,'There is no instance outside that which you mention in which Negro themes are quoted in Dr. Dvorak's music. I fancy that a fragment of " Swing low, sweet Chariot " was consciously, or unconsciously, quoted in the first movement of the " New World " Symphony, but there is no draft upon Afro-American folk-song in any other work. Two works quite as much in the spirit of that folk-song are the string quartet and quintet which followed the symphony, but their names are original. You will recognise the rhythmical idiom and the spirit. That Dvorak was deeply interested in the songs of the black slaves of America I know from repeated conversations with him. I loaned him some of my manuscripts, and he let me see the symphony, quartet and quintet before they were performed.'
This is the second broadcast in a new monthly series designed to show the Empire at work through the voices of some of the Empire's workers.
As was the case on January 6, today there will be four speakers, representing very different callings and very different countries.
An ex-governor of a province in the Sudan will talk of his duties there in the dust and heat. Sleeping on the roof, breakfast on the veranda. The office under acacia trees. A native court-the magistrates native elders-in a building of mud and thatch. A hospital, and only one British doctor to serve an area as large as Scotland. A camel race meeting.
A man who has been a lumber-jack will talk of life in British Columbia. Wooden bunk houses. Up at daybreak. Washing in an ice-cold stream. Steaming coffee served by the Chinese camp cooks. Then away by truck to a day's work in the silence of the woods, among trees 200 feet high.
For third speaker, a woman fruit-picker from South Africa. Gingham frocks and an old Dutch farm. Shallow-boxes to hold peaches and plums that are warm with sunshine.
And a fourth speaker, who is to be a surprise.
From the Studio
Conducted by the Rev. Father C. C. Martindale , S.J.
Order of Service
Hymn, Soul of my Saviour (W.H. 74) Reading, St. Matthew iv, 23-v, 12 Prayers
Hymn. Praise to the Holiest in the Height (W.H. 56, A. and M. 172)
Rev. Father C. C.
Section 3—Jesus Christ :
'How He Lived'
The Rev. Father C. C. MARTINDALE,
This evening Father Martindale is to give the first of his three talks on the Son of God. ' How He Lived ' (to be given tonight) will be followed by ' How He Died ' (to be given on February 17) and ' How He Conquered' (to be given on March 3). And on March 17 Father Martindale will answer listeners' questions over the microphone.
Letters should be addressed to him c/o the B.B.C., Broadcasting House, London, and envelopes marked in the left-hand corner ' The Way to God'.
An Appeal on behalf of Bognor War Memorial Hospital by A. Lloyd James
(University Professor of Phonetics, School of Oriental Studies, London)
The Bognor War Memorial Hospital was founded in 1919, but the old building then purchased-which had accommodation for only fifteen beds-was found so inadequate ten years later to the needs of the rapidly-growing community that a campaign was inaugurated to raise funds for its extension. Very soon, however, it was decided at a public meeting that the happy restoration to health of His Majesty the King in the district would be most suitably commemorated by the provision of a new hospital.
A new building with accommodation for twenty-five beds was accordingly erected and brought into use in 1932, but already the call on it is so great and so persistent that accommodation for twice this number of beds is required.
The population of the district served by the hospital is about 25,000, but during the summer months this number is more than trebled by visitors, and the hospital's services are in constant demand by convalescents from London and all parts of the country.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to [address removed]
(London National will radiate the Regional Week's Good Cause and North National the North Week's Good Cause. West National will close down until 8.50)
including Weather Forecast
MARY HAMLIN (soprano)
Relayed from The Park Lane Hotel At the pianoforte, j. A. BYFIELD
When Albert Sandier went to the Park Lane Hotel six years ago with all the laurels of Eastbourne fresh upon him, he had a new experience of having to fight an audience. It was a cosmopolitan audience consisting of Americans,
Italians, French, Germans, Swiss— in fact, people from every part of the globe.
He had to make them realise that the Park Lane Orchestra was not a mere accompaniment to a pleasant meal or light refreshments, and that concerts at Park Lane were important. The charming little pieces broadcast successfully by many light orchestras meant nothing here-they had not enough character. He had to give them pieces that they had heard in New York, and Pans, and Rome, and Berlin selections from operettas, musical comedies, overtures, and so forth, with an international flavour and renown
How well he has succeeded is proved by the fact that the name of Albert Sandier , which was once synonymous with the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, soon became synonymous with the Park Lane Hotel, London, from which he has broadcast monthly ever since he went there. He will be featured in People You Hear' in our next issue.
(For details, see page 36)