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at the BBC Theatre Organ


Sir Adrian Boult
Director of Music


Unknown: Sir Adrian Boult


from Ealing Congregational Church
Order of Service
Hymn, Praise ye the Lord (School
Worship 145)
Responsive Psalm, Prayer, and Lord's
Hymn, Little Lamb , who made thee?
(Geoffrey Shaw )
Lesson, Mark iv, 1-9
Hymn, The Lord's my Shepherd
(Psalm xxiii) (Cong. H. 62 ; Tune, St. Columba)
Address by the Rev. WILTON Rix
Hvmn, Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (S.P. 555 ; A. and M. 281)
God be in my head
Organist, G. Hawkins


Unknown: Little Lamb
Unknown: Geoffrey Shaw
Unknown: Rev. Wilton Rix
Organist: G. Hawkins

: Transatlantic Spelling Bee

A spelling match between members of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, and Oxford University
This broadcast is an extension of an idea that has been very popular with American listeners. Each compere in turn sets a difficult word to the other team, and their first player tries to spell it. If he fails a buzzer sounds, the player loses a 'life', and the word is given to the next man, and so on down the side. As soon as a player spells the word correctly, his compere puts the next question to the other side.
Each player is allowed thirty seconds in which to answer, and has two ' lives The winners are the team with most lives left at the end.
The Teams :
Harvard College
1 Arthur Racine, Modern languages - Swimming - Tennis
2 Arthur Cantor, History - Literature - Debating - Tennis
3 Malcolm Perkins , Second year in Law School
4 Robert Amory, Second year in Law - School - Trial Eights
5 S.E. Turetzky, Psychology - Swimming
6 Arnold W.G. Kean, Law School - British Commonwealth Fellowship Fund, Cambridge, Radcliffe College
7 Elaine Fraser , Captain Class Swimming Team - Majoring in Psychology
8 Norma Nasmyth, Soloist (singer) - Dramatics - Majoring Sociology

Oxford University
1 Prince Obolensky, Brasenose - Rugby Blue and International
2 Conrad Cherry, Brasenose - Captain of Boats
3 John Irwin , Princeton and Balliol - Rhodes Scholar
4 The Right Hon. the Earl of Oxford and Asquith, Scholar of Balliol
5 John Witty, Exeter-President of the Oxford University Dramatic Society
6 Peter Wood, Christ Church - President of the Bullingdon
7 Penelope Knox , Scholar of Somerville
8 Miranda Tallents - Lady Margaret Hall
Conducted by Paul Wing (U.S.A.) and Thomas Woodrooffe (England)
(Arranged in co-operation with the National Broadcasting Company of America)


Unknown: Malcolm Perkins
Unknown: Robert Amory
Unknown: Elaine Fraser
Soloist: Norma Nasmyth
Unknown: John Irwin
Unknown: Peter Wood
Unknown: Christ Church-Presi
Unknown: Penelope Knox
Unknown: Miranda Tallents
Unknown: Lady Margaret Hall
Conducted By: Paul Wing
Unknown: Thomas Woodrooffe

Blog post that mentions this programme:

How WW2 popularised quizzing 18 December 2017


Conductor, P. S. G. O'Donnell


Conductor: P. S. G. O'Donnell

: Sunday Orchestral Concerts: Eighth Season - 16

The BBC Orchestra (Section D)
Leader, Paul Beard
Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult


Musicians: BBC Orchestra
Orchestra Leader: Paul Beard
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult


(Free Church) from the Free Church,
Hampstead Garden Suburb
Organ Voluntary
8.0 Order of Service
Invocation and Lord's Prayer


including Weather Forecast


A programme in honour of the centenary year of Dickens's famous novel '
Containing not only a picture of Dotheboys Hall as drawn by Dickens, but also an exposure of the true facts concerning the Yorkshire schools, which inspired Dickens to write the novel
Presenting also:
Mr. Mantalini
Mrs. Nickleby
Miss La Creevy
Mr. and Mrs. Kenwigs
Mr. Lillyvick
Miss Petowker and Mr. and Mrs. Crummies with their talented company from the Portsmouth Theatre
Devised by V. C. Clinton-Baddeley
Produced by John Cheatle
The cast includes
Ronald Simpson (by permission of O'Bryen, Linnit, and Dunfee), V. C. Clinton-Baddeley , Philip Wade , Carleton Hobbs , Leonard Sachs , Wilfred Fletcher , Gladys Young , Henry Hallatt , Frank Birch , Robin Maule , Nadine March (by permission of Norman Marshall ), Margaret Watson , Lesley Deane , Clive Baxter ,
Marcus Barron


Unknown: Miss La Creevy
Produced By: John Cheatle
Unknown: Ronald Simpson
Unknown: V. C. Clinton-Baddeley
Unknown: Philip Wade
Unknown: Carleton Hobbs
Unknown: Leonard Sachs
Unknown: Wilfred Fletcher
Unknown: Gladys Young
Unknown: Henry Hallatt
Unknown: Frank Birch
Unknown: Robin Maule
Unknown: Norman Marshall
Unknown: Margaret Watson
Unknown: Lesley Deane
Unknown: Clive Baxter
Unknown: Marcus Barron

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