(By permission rf the management of the LondonCnliti-nrn)
Sir Adrian Boult ,
Director of Music
' St. Nicholas—
The Real Santa Claus' by Alec Macdonald
Produced by Geoffrey Dearmer
Who was Santa Claus ? In this broadcast we shall trace him back to his origin in St. Nicholas, the fourth-century Bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor, who, because of his generosity, becarhe the patron saint of schoolboys. During the Middle Ages the feast of St. Nicholas-December 6-was celebrated by choristers and novices in monasteries with the riotous ceremonies of the Boy Bishop.
Banished from England after the Reformation, he was revived in comparatively recent times, but transformed into the bearded Father Christmas who visits little children on Christmas Eve and brings them presents.
Conductor, Walter Goehr
Members of the Opera Group
Director, Ernst Schoen
Light Music through the Ages-6
with Don Carlos
A Play for Radio from the story by Thomas Hardy
The cas includes
G. W. Greening and The Kingston Village Players,
Bob Dorev , Gilbert Dorev , Gerald White , Charles Orchard , Ken Orchard, William Hooper , David Hunt , George Hunt , Morvyne Fenwick -Owen, Joyce Curtis , Dulcie Curtis ,
Kate Buller , and Purcell Damer
Adaptation and Production by Francis Dillon
From Kingston Parish Hall, Dorset
Place: Shepherd Fennel's cottage stood lonely and exposed on the downs, four or five miles from Casterbridge. Time: a wild March night one hundred years ago. 'The level rainstorm smote walls, slopes, and hedges like the clothyard shafts of Senlac and Crecy..... The gable-end of the cottage was stained with wet, and the eavesdroppings flapped against the wall. Yet never was commiseration for the shepherd more misplaced. For that cheerful rustic was entertaining a large party in glorification of the christening of his second girl.'
That is the striking setting in which Hardy placed this bizarre tale of the three strangers who interrupted Shepherd Fennel's party.
by Lt.-Commander R. T. Gould
An appeal on behalf of ST. FRANCIS' HOUSE SETTLEMENT,
WOOLWICH, by the Rt. Rev. the Bishop of WOOLWICH
St. Francis' House Settlement was started by the late Bishop Hough in 1918 to provide a centre for women who would be ready to work in the poorest parts of Woolwich. The Settlement is founded on Franciscan ideals-simplicity, fellowship, discipline, and joy-and girls and women who desire to serve their fellow-men are trained for church and social work.
The Settlement has a hostel for children, and another for homeless and stranded boys between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one. About
300 women, children, men, and boys from South London have a week's holiday at St. Francis-by-the-Sea, the Settlement's holiday home.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged, and should be addressed to [address removed]
including Weather Forecast
(Eighth Season—11) Lisa Perli (soprano)
Roy Henderson (baritone)
Leader, W. H. Reed
Conducted by Clarence Raybould