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: The BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra

Conductor, E. Godfrey Brown


Conductor: E. Godfrey Brown


A reading from Froissart's Chronicles by Giles Playfair


Unknown: Giles Playfair

: Cricket M.C.C. v. NEW ZEALAND

A commentary on the match by P. G. H. Fender from Lord's


Unknown: P. G. H. Fender


Directed by Henry Hall


Directed By: Henry Hall


including Weather Forecast


by Hans Andersen
Read in his own translation by Paul Leyssac


Unknown: Hans Andersen
Translation By: Paul Leyssac


from Queen's Hall, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)


Unknown: G. Thalben-Ball


Fanfares for the sequence of Dominion Greetings composed by Arthur Bliss
The BBC Military Band
Conductor, B. Walton O'Donnell
Messages from overseas arranged in co-operation with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Commission, the National Broadcasting Service of New Zealand, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, All-India Radio, the Government of Bermuda, and the British
General Post Office.
The BBC also gratefully acknowledges the co-operation of the High Commissioners for Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Southern Rhodesia, and of the India Office, the Burma Office, the Dominions Office, and the Colonial Office.


Composed By: Arthur Bliss
Conductor: B. Walton O'Donnell

: A Message to the Empire

by His Majesty the King


Speaker: HM King George VI


Some of Your Radio Favourites including
Gert and Daisy
Mrs. Feather
Clapham and Dwyer
The Two Leslies
Alma Vane
Raymond Newell
Brian Lawrance
Stuart Robertson
Jan van der Gucht
Michael North
Leonard Henry and Davy Burnaby invite you to call in and join the party with which they are celebrating Coronation Day


Unknown: Alma Vane
Unknown: Raymond Newell
Unknown: Brian Lawrance
Unknown: Stuart Robertson
Unknown: Michael North
Unknown: Leonard Henry
Unknown: Davy Burnaby

: Weather Forecast

and Forecast for Shipping


Welcome Song for His Majesty, 1686 by Purcell
Sybilla Marshall (soprano)
Margaret Rees (soprano)
Heddle Nash (tenor)
Norman Walker (bass)
Ronald Stear (bass)
The BBC Chorus
(Section A)
Chorus Master, Leslie Woodgate
The London Symphony Orchestra
Leader, W. H. Reed
Conducted by Sir Adrian Boult
' What no one will fail to find in Purcell at his best', says J. A. Westrup in his new study of the great English composer, ' is a spring of life, a vitality that glows with the effort of the whole man. To listen is to share an experience, to catch some of his glancing fire and to have a part in his aching regret. He was a man of changing moods and sympathies, ready to boast, to worship, to sigh and to lament. He could bid the trumpets sound for majesty, or seeking flight from love's sickness find the fever in himself.'
In fhe course of Purcell's duties as a court composer he wrote, besides two Coronation anthems, sixteen odes for state occasions, such as birthdays, marriages, and the King's return from holiday. Among these are three Welcome Songs for James II—of which the third was broadcast on Sunday, and the second is to be heard this evening.
J. A. Westrup points out that ' in form the welcome songs may be described as choral cantatas. They are set for solo voices and chorus with four-part strings and continuo (sometimes with the addition of two flutes), and the vocal movements are interspersed with a number of instrumental symphonies. There is some similarity with the more elaborate of the anthems with string accompaniment, particularly in the use of solo and " verse " sections '.


Soprano: Sybilla Marshall
Soprano: Margaret Rees
Tenor: Heddle Nash
Bass: Norman Walker
Bass: Ronald Stear
Chorus Master: Leslie Woodgate
Conducted By: Sir Adrian Boult
Unknown: J. A. Westrup
Unknown: J. A. Westrup


A Programme of Dance Music from the British Isles
Devised and presented by Paul Askew featuring
Bobby Hind and his Band from the Beach Dance Hall, Aberdeen
The Orpheans, directed by Frank Rea from the Orpheus Restaurant, Belfast
Larry Brennan and his Band from the Tower Ballroom,
Douglas Swallow and his Band from the Palais de Danse,
Glyn Samuel and his Band from the Rolls Hall, Monmouth
Harry Evans and his Band from the Grand Hotel, Torquay
The programme linked together by The BBC Dance Orchestra directed by Henry Hall from London


Presented By: Paul Askew
Unknown: Bobby Hind
Directed By: Frank Rea
Unknown: Larry Brennan
Unknown: Glyn Samuel
Unknown: Harry Evans
Directed By: Henry Hall

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