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: A Programme of Gramophone Records

Marcel Ciampi (pianoforte): St. Francis walking on the Waters (Liszt)
Edward Kilenyi (pianoforte) :
Hungarian Rhapsody , No. 15 (Liszt)

Contributors

Pianoforte: Marcel Ciampi
Pianoforte: Edward Kilenyi
Pianoforte: Hungarian Rhapsody

: A Programme of GRAMOPHONE RECORDS

Marcel Ciampi (pianoforte): St,
Francis walking on the Waters (Liszt)
Edward Kilenyi (pianoforte):
Hungarian Rhapsody , No. 15 (Liszt)

Contributors

Pianoforte: Marcel Ciampi
Pianoforte: Edward Kilenyi
Pianoforte: Hungarian Rhapsody

: A CHRISTMAS © MORNING SERVICE

from Bristol Cathedral
Organ Voluntary
Order of Service
Hymn, 0 come, all ye faithful (A. and M. 59; S-P- 78)
Gloria Psalm lxxv , -
First Lesson, Isaiah ix, 2-7 Te Deum
Second Lesson, Luke u, 1-22 Benedictus creed, Lesser Litany, and Lord's
Prayer
Versicles and Collects
Anthem, This day Christ was born
(William Byrd )
Special Prayers dle
Carol He smiles within His cradle
(Melody by D. G. Corner , Vienna,
1649, an. Hubert W. Hunt )
Address by the Very Rev. HARRY W. BLACKBURNE , D.S.O., M.C., Dean of Bristol
Hymn, Hark! the herald angels sing
(A. and M. 60; S.P. 73)
Blessing
Organist and Choirmaster,
Hubert W. Hunt

Contributors

Unknown: Gloria Psalm
Unknown: William Byrd
Unknown: D. G. Corner
Unknown: Hubert W. Hunt
Unknown: Very Rev. Harry W. Blackburne
Choirmaster: Hubert W. Hunt

: A CHRISTMAS MORNING SERVICE

from Bristol Cathedral
Organ Voluntary
Order of Service
Hymn, 0 come, all ye faithful (A. and M. 59 ;
S.P. 78)
Gloria Psalm lxxv
First Lesson, Isaiah ix, 2-7 Te Deum
Second Lesson, Luke ii, 1-22 Benedictus
Creed, Lesser Litany, and Lord's Prayer Versicles and Collects
Anthem, This day Christ was born (William Byrd ) Special Prayers
Carol, He smiles within His cradle (Melody by D. G. Corner , Vienna, 1649, arr. Hubert W. Hunt )
Address by the Very Rev. HARRY W. BLACKBURNE ,
D.S.O., M.C., Dean of Bristol
Hymn, Hark! the herald angels sing (A. and M.
60 ; S.P. 74)
Blessing
Organist and Choirmaster, Hubert W. Hunt
The Very Rev. Harry Blackburne , Dean of Bristol since 1934, served as a trooper in the Boer War, and as a chaplain throughout the Great War, being mentioned seven times in dispatches. He was Canon of St. George's, Windsor, from 1931 to 1934. He preached from Bristol Cathedral in the service broadcast on Whitsun morning, 1935.

Contributors

Unknown: Gloria Psalm
Unknown: William Byrd
Unknown: D. G. Corner
Unknown: Hubert W. Hunt
Unknown: Very Rev. Harry W. Blackburne
Choirmaster: Hubert W. Hunt
Unknown: Very Rev. Harry Blackburne

: MEDVEDEFF'S BALALAIKA ORCHESTRA

(All arrangements by Medvedeff)

: MEDVEDEFFS BALALAIKA ORCHESTRA

(All arrangements by Medvedeff)
Last year Medvedeff, who has been broadcasting regularly since Marconi House and Savoy Hill days, gave on the air a Russian Christmas Party, a forerunner of this programme. The Christmas songs and games are those heard and played in Russia at this season. Svyatki is synonymous with ' Christmastime '; ' I'm sitting on a stone ' is a humorous peasant song ; the Christmas game, ' Hiding Gold ', is rather like our ' Hiding a Ring ' ; ' Vanichka, Come ! means ' Little John, Come ! ' ; the ' Winter Fairy Tale ' is a waltz; Gay-da Troika ' may be roughly translated' Gee up, three horses ', and the music will convey both trotting and the jingling of bells. Our Christmas Greeting ' is a medley of Russian and English tunes.

: THE COMMODORE GRAND ORCHESTRA

Leader, Charles Vorzanger
Directed by Harry Davidson

Contributors

Leader: Charles Vorzanger
Directed By: Harry Davidson

: THE COMMODORE GRAND ORCHESTRA

Leader, Charles Vorzanger
Directed by Harry Davidson

Contributors

Leader: Charles Vorzanger
Directed By: Harry Davidson

: AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA

with Evelyn Dall
Sam Browne
Vera Lynn
Max Bacon
The Manhattan Three and A Section of the BBC Men's Chorus
Ambrose was taken by his aunt to America when he was only fourteen. Within six months he got a job as a fiddler in a straight orchestra. He turned to dance music and was engaged as second violin in the fashionable New York Palais Royal. The leader fell ill and Ambrose led the band.
He was invited to take his own orchestra to the De Vingt Club. After two years there he returned to England, played for two years at the Embassy Club, went back to America to open a new restaurant, came back to the Embassy, and went on to the May Fair.
For today's special Christmas broadcast his band will consist of twenty-five instrumentalists, and the programme will include an arrangement lasting 61 minutes of his signature tune ' When Day is Done ' ; a medley introducing numbers made famous by Ambrose ; a sketch with music entitled ' A Visit to a Cinema ' ; and a selection of Christmas carols, including 'Jingle Bells ' and ' Good King Wenceslas ', sung by the BBC Men's Chorus.

Contributors

Unknown: Evelyn Dall
Unknown: Sam Browne
Unknown: Vera Lynn
Unknown: Max Bacon

: A Programme of GRAMOPHONE RECORDS

Kathleen Long (pianoforte):
Sonata in A minor (Mozart) 1 Allegro maestoso. 2 Andante cantabile. 3 Presto
Thibaud (violin), Casals (violoncello), Cortot (pianoforte): Trio in G (Haydn)-l Andante. 2 Poco adagio cantabile. 3 Rondo all' ongarese

: AMBROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA

with EVELYN DALL
SAM BROWNE
VERA LYNN
MAX BACON
THE MANHATTAN THREE and a section of THE BBC MEN'S CHORUS

Contributors

Unknown: Evelyn Dall
Unknown: Sam Browne
Unknown: Vera Lynn
Unknown: Max Bacon

: THE BBC MILITARY BAND

Conductor. P. S. G. O'Donnell

Contributors

Unknown: S. G. O'Donnell

: HIS MAJESTY THE KING

The King's broadcast will be followed by the BBC
Military Band playing:

: THE HASTINGS MUNICIPAL ORCHESTRA

Leader, James S. Buyers
Conductor, Julius Harrison
Robert Easton (bass) from the White Rock Pavilion,
Hastings

Contributors

Leader: James S. Buyers
Conductor: Julius Harrison
Bass: Robert Easton

: THE HASTINGS MUNICIPAL ORCHESTRA

Leader, James S. Buyers
Conductor, Julius Harrison
Robert Easton (bass) from the White Rock Pavilion, Hastings
Perhaps the jolliest part of Christmas Day is the afternoon when listeners draw up their chairs round the fire in the fading light and turn on the radio. For the third Christmas afternoon in succession that popular composer-conductor, Julius Harrison , with the 32 instrumentalists of the Hastings Municipal Orchestra, is to entertain them, and he has planned a programme to awaken memories of bygone days among older listeners, and to appeal to the young by its sheer tunefulness. These Christmas broadcasts bring Harrison congratulatory letters from every corner of the globe.
' My present orchestra ', he says, ' is the finest
I have ever directed. While we are playing, our warmest wishes for the happiest of Christmas Days will go out to listeners.'

Contributors

Leader: James S. Buyers
Conductor: Julius Harrison
Bass: Robert Easton
Conductor: Julius Harrison

: REAL CHRISTMAS WEATHER

A Conversation Overheard
J. H. Martin and Quintin Riley

Contributors

Unknown: J. H. Martin
Unknown: Quintin Riley

: Real Christmas Weather'

A Conversation Overheard
J. H. Martin and Quintin Riley
J. H. Martin has wintered in Northern Canada, the White Sea, and the Antarctic, and Quintin Riley in the Antarctic too, and also in Greenland, where he got to know the Eskimos well. They have withdrawn from the festivities to grumbie about the unseasonable weather and talk about what it might have been.

Contributors

Unknown: J. H. Martin
Unknown: Quintin Riley
Unknown: J. H. Martin
Unknown: Quintin Riley

: Fifty-Five Minutes of Popular Melodies

played by HARRY ROY AND HIS BAND with Bill Currie
Ray Ellington
A former Christmas broadcast by Harry Roy will be remembered by many listeners. It was at Christmas, 1935, when, at the written request of the Oxford University Ellesmere Land Expedition, he broadcast from the May Fair some of their favourite tunes, which were heard by them in Greenland.
His programme this afternoon will be rich with the full Christmas flavour.

Contributors

Played By: Harry Roy
Unknown: Bill Currie
Unknown: Ray Ellington
Unknown: Harry Roy

: FIFTY-FIVE MINUTES OF POPULAR MELODIES

played by HARRY ROY AND HIS BAND with BILL CURRIE
RAY ELLINGTON

Contributors

Played By: Harry Roy
Unknown: Bill Currie
Unknown: Ray Ellington

: A CHRISTMAS EVENING SERVICE

from the Concert Hall,
Broadcasting House
Invocation
Hymn, God from on high hath heard (A. and M. 58, New M.H.B. 140)
Thanksgivings Psalm ciii
Lesson, John i, 1-14 Magnificat
Prayers and Lord's Prayer
Anthem, Christians, be joyful (Bach) Address by the Rev. L. F. CHURCH,
Ph.D.
Hymn, 0 come, all ye faithful (A. and M. 59, S.P. 78, New M.H.B. 118)
Blessing

: A CHRISTMAS EVENING SERVICE

from the Concert Hall, Broadcasting House
Invocation
Hymn, God from on high hath heard (A. and M
58 ; New M.H.B. 140)
Thanksgivings Psalm ciii
Lesson, John i, 1-14 Magnificat
Prayers and Lord's Prayer
Anthem, Christians, be joyful (Bach)
Address by the Rev. L. F. CHURCH , Ph.D.
Hymn, 0 come, all ye faithful (A. and M. 59;
S.P. 78; New M.H.B. 118)
Blessing
Last Christmas at this time was given in the Concert Hall, Broadcasting House, the first service ever broadcast on the evening of Christmas Day. It was so much appreciated that a service, almost identical in form, is to be broadcast this evening. It will again be conducted by the BBC Director of Religion, the Rev. F. A. Iremonger.
The address will be given by one of the best broadcasting preachers in England, Dr. Leslie Church , who is Connexional Editor of the Methodist Church. Listeners will also hear the BBC Singers under Leslie Woodgate , and a section of the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Trevor Harvey.

Contributors

Unknown: Rev. L. F. Church
Unknown: Rev. F. A. Iremonger.
Unknown: Dr. Leslie Church
Unknown: Leslie Woodgate
Conducted By: Trevor Harvey.

: SPORTS BULLETIN

and Weather Forecast

: SPORTS BULLETIN

and Weather Forecast

: Christmas Party

Comedians —- Charades
Musical Games - Old Time Dances
Songs —- Ghost Story
Crackers -— Murder
All Kinds of Christmas Jollification!
Come as you Please!
Go as you Please!
Any time between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Among the guests will be:
Billy Bennett, Tommy Handley, The Two Leslies, Stainless Stephen, Al and Bob Harvey, Anona Winn, Alma Vane, Bertha Willmott and Elsie and Doris Waters
with The BBC Variety Orchestra and BBC Revue Chorus
Conducted by Charles Shadwell
Reginald Foort at the BBC Theatre Organ
and The Staff of the BBC Variety Department

Contributors

Comedian: Billy Bennett
Comedian: Tommy Handley
Entertainers: The Two Leslie (Leslie Holmes and Leslie Sarony)
Comedian: Stainless Stephen
Entertainer: Al Harvey
Entertainer: Bob Harvey
Entertainer: Anona Winn
Entertainer: Alma Vane
Entertainer: Bertha Willmott
Comedienne: Elsie Waters
Comedienne: Doris Waters
Musicians: The BBC Variety Orchestra
Singer: The BBC Revue Chorus
Conductor: Charles Shadwell
Organist: Reginald Foort
Audience: Staff of the BBC Variety Department

: CHRISTMAS PARTY

Comedians-Charades
Musical Games-Old-Time Dances
Songs-Ghost Story
Crackers—Murder
All Kinds of Christmas Jollification!
Come as you Please! Go as you Please!
Any time between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Among the guests will be
Billy Bennett
Tommy Handley
The Two Leslies
Stainless Stephen
Al and Bob Harvey
Anona Winn
Alma Vane
Bertha Willmott
Elsie and Doris Waten with The BBC Variety Orchestra and BBC Revue Chorus
Conducted by Charles Shadwell
Reginald Foort at the BBC Theatre Organ and The Staff of the BBC Variety Department
Here is the fourth edition of the rollicking seasonal feature that was devised by Eric Maschwitz and is to be revived this evening by his successor as Director of Variety, John Watt.
Last year it was produced by Charles Brewer.
This evening it is produced by Archie Campbell.
There will be many innovations: a prologue and epilogue spoken by F. H. Grisewood , who will also tell a ghost story by Oliver Onions.
Then the popular eerie game of Murder will be played, and there will be a rather longer charade than usual. Another feature will be a broadcast of Jack and Jill as it might be produced by three very different producers at the BBC

Contributors

Unknown: Billy Bennett
Unknown: Tommy Handley
Unknown: Bob Harvey
Unknown: Anona Winn
Unknown: Alma Vane
Unknown: Bertha Willmott
Unknown: Doris Waten
Conducted By: Charles Shadwell
Conducted By: Reginald Foort
Unknown: Eric Maschwitz
Unknown: John Watt.
Produced By: Charles Brewer.
Produced By: Archie Campbell.
Spoken By: F. H. Grisewood
Story By: Oliver Onions.

: NEWS SUMMARY

including Weather Forecast and Forecast for Shipping

: NEWS SUMMARY

including Weather Forecast and Forecast for Shipping

: WIRELESS FOR THE BLIND

An appeal on behalf of The British Wireless for the Blind Fund by Christopher Stone , D.S.O., M.C.
Christopher Stone is once more making an appeal for wireless sets for the blind. Last year in his own inimitable way he asked listeners to break the record, and he ended his broadcast by letting them hear the breaking in a glorious crash which foretold the unparalleled response that came in from 55,000 listeners. It has provided 6,000 wireless sets and relay installations, all of them with loudspeakers. This has enabled many of the old headphone sets to be replaced by loudspeakers, but there still remain 19,000 headphone sets which it is earnestly hoped to replace as soon as possible. Every gift, even if it can only be small, is of the greatest value.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged, and should be addressed to [address removed]

Contributors

Unknown: Christopher Stone
Unknown: Christopher Stone

: WIRELESS FOR THE BLIND

An appeal on behalf of THE BRITISH WIRELESS FOR THE
BLIND FUND, by CHRISTOPHER STONE ,
D.S.O., M.C.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to [address removed].

Contributors

Unknown: Christopher Stone

: ' THE KEEPING OF CHRISTMAS'

In Europe and the Mediterranean
Lands
A survey in description and music of some traditional ceremonies in remote and populous places at
Christmastide
Compiled from various sources by Igor Vinogradoff
The speakers include
Felix Aylmer
(By permission of Reandco)
Robert Speaight Ronald Simpson
(By permission of O'Bryen, Linnit and Dunfee)
Ivan Samson
The BBC Chorus, Section A
The BBC Orchestra,
Section E
Led by Laurance Turner
Conducted by Joseph Lewis
Produced by Felix Felton and Moray McLaren

Contributors

Unknown: Igor Vinogradoff
Unknown: Felix Aylmer
Unknown: Robert Speaight
Unknown: Ronald Simpson
Unknown: Ivan Samson
Unknown: Laurance Turner
Conducted By: Joseph Lewis
Produced By: Felix Felton
Produced By: Moray McLaren

: 'THE KEEPING OF CHRISTMAS'

In Europe and the Mediterranean Lands
Compiled from various sources by Igor Vinogradoff
The speakers include
Felix Aylmer (by permission of Reandco), Robert Speaight , Ronald Simpson (by permission of O'Bryen, Linnit, and Dunfee), Ivan Samson
The BBC Chorus (Section A)
The BBC Orchestra (Section E)
Led by Laurance Turner
Conducted by Joseph Lewis
Produced by Felix Felton and Moray McLaren
Here is a bird's-eye view of how Christmas is celebrated in different parts of Europe. The picture is made up of short descriptions by various contributors, although their descriptions will be read by others, the whole programme being linked together with music and as far as possible with authentic records of traditional Christmastide songs.
The description of Bethlehem is by Humphrey Bowman , who was Director of Education and a Member of the Advisory Council to the Palestine Government from 1920 to 1936; the description of Iceland is by Sveinbjorn Finnsson ; that of Rome by Douglas Woodruff ; that of the Ukraine and Berlin by F. A. Voigt , well known to listeners for his broadcasts on foreign affairs.
The description of Rumania is by D. J. Hall ; that of Poland by F. B. Czarnomski ; that of Russia by Father Nicholas Behr , himself an exiled Russian ; that of Brittany by Emile Marie Stephan , who was born there ; that of the West of Ireland by Gerald Griffin ; that of Palermo by Igor Vinogradoff , compiler of this and of so many radio programmes.
Christmas in Bosnia will be described by Ann Dallas ; in Provence (Les Baux) by Maurice Vignon ; in Sweden by Peter Tennant ; in Czechoslovakia by Dr. J. Krauss ; in Hungary by that delightful broadcaster, Count A. Hessenstein ; in Austria by Mrs. Clifford Norton ; and in Nish, Yugoslavia, by Professor Walter Starkie , Professor of Spanish and Lecturer in Italian Literature at Dublin University. Among the books that Professor Starkie has written are several dealing with the life of the gypsies, with whom he has wandered all over Europe.

Contributors

Unknown: Igor Vinogradoff
Unknown: Felix Aylmer
Unknown: Robert Speaight
Unknown: Ronald Simpson
Unknown: Ivan Samson
Unknown: Laurance Turner
Conducted By: Joseph Lewis
Produced By: Felix Felton
Produced By: Moray McLaren
Unknown: Humphrey Bowman
Unknown: Sveinbjorn Finnsson
Unknown: Douglas Woodruff
Unknown: F. A. Voigt
Unknown: D. J. Hall
Unknown: F. B. Czarnomski
Unknown: Father Nicholas Behr
Unknown: Emile Marie Stephan
Unknown: Gerald Griffin
Unknown: Igor Vinogradoff
Unknown: Maurice Vignon
Unknown: Peter Tennant
Unknown: Dr. J. Krauss
Unknown: Count A. Hessenstein
Unknown: Mrs. Clifford Norton
Unknown: Walter Starkie

: ON WITH THE DANCE

to the rhythm of three bands
10.30 GEORGE ELRICK
AND HIS MUSIC MAKERS

: ON WITH THE DANCE

to the rhythm of three bands
10.30 George Elrick and his Music Makers
Listeners will welcome the first solo broadcast of George Eirick and his Music Makers, his new band which is shortly to tour the halls, for they will remember that he was drummer, and afterwards also vocalist, with Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra. He is bringing to the microphone a new singer in Sally Page and a very old friend in Ann Lenner. They used to sing duets together in a night club, went home in the bus together, and discussed the future. She will be broadcasting with him tonight for old times' sake and they will sing duets as they did in the old days.
10.40 Roy Fox and his Band
Of the sixteen instrumentalists who are to take part in Roy Fox 's Christmas broadcast there are two sets of brothers ; Denny Dennis , vocalist and guitar, and Barry Gray , string bass and vocalist, and also Eddie Franklyn , violin, and Earle Franklyn , drummer-both Franklyns, by the way, are tap dancers. John Blackley is famous for his ' dancing fingers ', which sound like tap dancing. Mary Lee was discovered by Roy Fox at Glasgow, and is only seventeen. But the most seasonable member of the band is undoubtedly the saxophonist who rejoices in the name of Art Christmas.
11.20 Sydney Lipton directing
The Grosvenor House Dance Band from Grosvenor House, Park Lane
For the past seven years Sydney Lipton has been musical director at Grosvenor House ; since 1933 he has been regularly on the air. It was an accident to his index finger in the collapse of a deck-chair that first led him to abandon serious study of the violin and enter the world of dance music. He provides one more example of the fact that a musician does count in the world of jazz. He is very happy to be broadcasting from Grosvenor House on Christmas night, and he has prepared a real festive programme.

Contributors

Unknown: George Elrick
Unknown: George Eirick
Unknown: Henry Hall
Unknown: Sally Page
Unknown: Ann Lenner.
Unknown: Roy Fox
Unknown: Roy Fox
Unknown: Denny Dennis
Unknown: Barry Gray
Violin: Eddie Franklyn
Violin: Earle Franklyn
Dancers: John Blackley
Unknown: Mary Lee
Unknown: Roy Fox
Unknown: Sydney Lipton
Unknown: Park Lane
Unknown: Sydney Lipton

: SYDNEY LIPTON

directing the Grosvenor House
Dance Band from Grosvenor House, Park Lane








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