Conductor, E. Godfrey Brown
A reading from Froissart's Chronicles by Giles Playfair
A commentary on the match by P. G. H. Fender from Lord's
P. G. H.
Directed by Henry Hall
including Weather Forecast
by Hans Andersen
Read in his own translation by Paul Leyssac
from Queen's Hall, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
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.
by His Majesty the King
HM King George
Some of Your Radio Favourites including
Gert and Daisy
Clapham and Dwyer
The Two Leslies
Jan van der Gucht
Leonard Henry and Davy Burnaby invite you to call in and join the party with which they are celebrating Coronation Day
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
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 '.
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