From page 21 of ' When Two or Three '
J. H. MATTHEW
Today's speaker has been in the cabinet trade for half a century, and he is to speak of it as it was fifty years ago. Everything was done by hand ; nothing by machinery.
Mr. J. H. Matthew started work when he was seven, and saved enough to pay for his apprenticeship by the time he was thirteen.
He will tell about conditions then.
About wages and the hours put in by 'journeymen' and the grades of furniture they turned out. They ate their ' dinners ' in their bench-ways. ' Yo ho ' was the signal to stop work : ' Blow up ' the signal to start again.
There were labourers who cleaned up, there were men who could only make one particular piece of furniture and there were artist-craftsmen whc could make anything. Men and apprentices worked stripped to the waist
Mr. Matthew will talk of play a; well as of work-of riding round Epping Forest on ' penny farthing ' bicycles of dog fights and prize fights in th< 'eighties. And he will compare con ditions then with conditions today.
Mr. J. H.
' II fait un temps de chien'
E. M. STEPHAN and CAMILLE VIÈRE
At The Organ of The Trocadero
Cinema, Elephant and Castle
The Granada, Walthamstow
Coleridge-Taylor's suite ' Othello ' was
' formed from the incidental music for - Sir Herbert Tree 's spectacular production of Shakespeare's play at His
Majesty's Theatre in 1911. It is interesting to note that No. 2, Children's Intermezzo, cost Coleridge-Taylor con- siderable trouble.
W. C. Berwick Sayers , in his life of the composer, tells us that ' when I met him in these days he was full of his old enthusiasm for the magnificence of spoken Shakespearean language, and spared himself not at all in his work upon the play. The Children's Intermezzo, which is introduced in Act III, was a real trial to him, but luckily he was willing to try unto seventy times seven if necessary to accomplish his purpose. What was wanted was a subdued chorus to be sung behind to convey a definite atmosphere to the scene. He made many attempts ; would bring a setting of it into the rehearsal, which Tree would pronounce to be good, but not quite what he wanted ; and next day he would appear with an entirely new version, to meet with a lite verdict. This process was-repeated until he almost despaired of producing the effect desired. One day, however, when in the train on his way to Bath to conduct a concert, the unexpected light came, and at the first stop he left the train and telegraphed to Mr. Adolf Schmid : " I've got it ! " Next day the delicately beautiful chorus, which was so charming a feature of the play, was received at His Majesty's Theatre '.
W. C. Berwick
by MAURICE VINDEN
From the Concert Hall, Broadcasting
' John Company and his Merchants '
Probably many of you have heard of the East India Company that traded in India and changed her history. Probably few of you have heard of John Company , though it is only another name for the same thing. Why John Company ? Nobody knows.
It has been supposed by some that
' John ' was just a name for John Bull. But the theory of one as well acquainted with these things as anybody alive today, is this: It is the Honorable East
India Company, written Hon. East India Company. Perhaps some clerk with a sense of humour originally changed ' Hon.' to ' John '.
You are to hear about this historic
Company this afternoon.
Shakespeare's ' Coriolanus'
JOHN NEWSOM , BLANCHE HINDSON, and a group of Pipers from Unemployed
Conductor, RICHARD AUSTIN
The Pavilion, Bournemouth
Directed by JOHN MACARTHUR
Directed by HENRY HALL
including Weather Forecast and Bulletin for Farmers
G. K. CHESTERTON
Handel Celebration under the direction of EDWARD J. DENT
Italian Duets sung by GWEKN KNIGHT (soprano)
ESTHER COLEMAN (contralto)
At the Harpsichord, ERNEST LUSH
Duct, N6 di voi non vo' fidarmi (Nay!
I trust thee not)
Duet, Fronda leggiera e mobile (Leaves lightly quivering)
H. E. PIGGOTT
A Concert in the Colston Hall
THE B.B.C. SYMPHONY
Leader, ARTHUR CATTERALL
Conductor, ADRIAN BOULT
Tickets can be obtained from [address removed]. Prices 2s. 6d. to 105. (including entertainments tax).
Weather Forecast, Forecast for Shipping and News
' Dr. Johnson Today '—2
S. C. ROBERTS
Mr. S. C. Roberts will give a further dialogue between Dr. Johnson and Boswell. Listeners will remember that Mr. Roberts, who is an authority on Johnson, read a dialogue of his own composition on December 13, which was the 150th anniversary of the great Doctor's death.
Tonight the immortal scholar and conversationalist will be heard reflecting on further modern problems.
Mr. S. C.
Conducted by GEORGE GARAY
The Hungaria Restaurant
Roy Fox and his BAND
London National only (261.1 m.)
(By the Baird Process)
VIVIEN LAMBELET (soprano)
Chief OS-KE-NON-TON (the Mohawk singer in full Red Indian costume)
LESLIE GOOSSENS (modern creative dancer)
LA TAïGA (singing and accompanying her own compositions with the Taiga
Sound will be radiated On 391.1 m.