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at the Organ of the Gaumont Palace
Cinema, Birmingham


The Stradivarius String Quartet:
Passacaelia in C minor (Bach)
The Pro Arte String Quartet :
Quartet in F, Op. 2, No. 3 (Haydn)

: Light Music from Switzerland

The Swiss Radio Orchestra
Conductor, Constantin Bernhardt from Zurich

Lvadov (1855-1914), one of the lesser, but one of the most charming of Russian composers, confined himself chiefly to short pieces. He was often planning to do big things, but they never materialised.
These orchestral pieces on Russian folk songs are among the most delightful things he ever did. Each is a perfect little masterpiece of orchestration. Diaghilev used these pieces in the ballet Children's Tales; hence they are sometimes (quite wrongly) spoken of as 'Russian Fairy Tales'.


Conductor: Constantin Bernhardt

: Serial Reading ' THE OLD WIVES' TALE'

A reading from the novel by Arnold Bennett , arranged for broadcasting by E. G. Twitchett , and read by Hugh Miller


Novel By: Arnold Bennett
Broadcasting By: E. G. Twitchett
Read By: Hugh Miller

: Gramophone Records MUSIC FOR SHAKESPEARE

Romeo and Juliet
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Hamilton Harty : Romeo's Reverie and Fete at the Capulets (Berlioz)
Twelfth Night
Mark Raphael (baritone) : 0
Mistress Mine and Come Away
Death (Quilter)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor, Sir Adrian Boult : Nocturne (Mendelssohn). (Solo horn, Aubrey Brain)
As You Like It
Ensemble directed by Steuart Wilson : Blow, blow, thou winter wind and Under the Greenwood
Tree (Arne)
The Tempest
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham , Bart. : The Oak Tree and Humoreske (Sibelius)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Hamilton Harty : Funeral March for the last scene


Conducted By: Sir Hamilton Harty
Baritone: Mark Raphael
Unknown: Sir Adrian Boult
Directed By: Steuart Wilson
Conducted By: Sir Thomas Beecham
Conducted By: Sir Hamilton Harty


at the BBC Theatre Organ


John Ferguson (tenor)
A section of the BBC Northern
Ireland Orchestra
Directed by David Curry


Tenor: John Ferguson
Directed By: David Curry

: Herman Darewski and his Orchestra

from the Spa Royal Hall, Bridlington


The BBC Midland Orchestra
Leader, Alfred Cave
Conducted by Leslie Heward Pfitzner's Das Christelflein (The
Christmas Elf) is a two-act opera in the vein that Humperdinck exploited so successfully-a Christmas fairy-tale full of wood-spirits, angels, and such stock figures of German legend as Knecht Ruphrecht. There is a human family in it as well, of course, a sick sister who is made well at the end, and a wicked brother who does not believe in God, but is finally converted through the agency of the 'Christ-Child '. Pfitzner (who was born in Moscow, of German parents, in 1869) enjoys a very high reputation in present-day Germany.


Conducted By: Leslie Heward


at the BBC Theatre Organ

: Cabaret Cruise

(Sound and Vision No. 12)
Commander, A. B. Campbell
Among the passengers
Trudi Binar
Steve Geray and Magda Kun
The Five Lai Founs
Ernest Shannon
Walsh and Barker
and The Ship's Band led by Dennis van Thal
Presentation by Harry Pringle
Direct from Radiolympia


Presentation: Harry Pringle


A recorded impression of one of the great annual sheep sales of the Welsh Border, by W. B. Thompson and David Gretton


Unknown: W. B. Thompson
Unknown: David Gretton


including Weather Forecast


The BBC v. The Listeners


from the Promenade Concert at Queen's Hall, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co. Ltd.)
Albert Sammons (violin)
The BBC Symphony Orchestra
(ninety players)
Leader, Paul Beard
Conducted by SIR HENRY J. WOOD
Symphony No. 1, in C
1 Adagio molto-Allegro con brio. 2 Andante cantabile con moto. 3 Minuetto e Trio. 4 Finale:
Adagio-Allegro molto e vivace
8.25 Violin Concerto in D
1 Allegro ma non troppo. 2 Larghetto. 3 Rondo: Allegro
Tickets can be obtained from the British Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, W. 1, Messrs. Chappell 's Box Office, Queen's Hall, Langham Place, W.1, and the usual Agents. Prices: 7s. 6d., 6s., 5s. (reserved), 3s. (unreserved), promenade (payment at doors only) 2s.


Violin: Albert Sammons
Leader: Paul Beard
Conducted By: Sir Henry J. Wood
Unknown: Messrs. Chappell


A reconstruction of a famous Ulster crime in the 'seventies, compiled by Denis Johnston from the records of the three trials
Also: C. K. Ayre , R. Forsythe Boyd , Kenneth Barton , Allan McClelland , Gibson Parker , Fraser Mayne , Mary Black , Jack Gavin , J. G. Devlin , Charles Owens , Robert Blair ,
Kevin Downey , and W. R. Gordon
Produced by H. L. Morrow
Death at Newtownstewart, first broadcast in October, 1937, is a radio reconstruction of a genuine murder case which held the attention of all Ulster-and indeed of a much wider area-from the time of the crime in June, 1871, till August, 1873, when after three separate trials the murderer at last paid the penalty.
It was not only the protractedness and complication of the legal proceedings that made the case a cause célèbre ; the crime in itself appeared so inexplicable. The murderer nearly succeeded in committing the perfect crime. His skill was equalled only by the ingenuity with which he was detected and his guilt fastened on him.
(Northern Ireland)


Unknown: Denis Johnston
Unknown: C. K. Ayre
Unknown: R. Forsythe Boyd
Unknown: Kenneth Barton
Unknown: Allan McClelland
Unknown: Gibson Parker
Unknown: Fraser Mayne
Unknown: Mary Black
Unknown: Jack Gavin
Unknown: J. G. Devlin
Unknown: Charles Owens
Unknown: Robert Blair
Unknown: Kevin Downey
Unknown: W. R. Gordon
Produced By: H. L. Morrow
Mr Justice Barry: William Trent
The Rt Hon Christopher Palles: John Stephenson
Mr McDonagh, Q C: Adrian Robinson
Thomas Hartley Montgomery, sub-Inspector, R I C: Frank Thornton-Bassett
Fanny McBride: Cicely Mathews
Miss Thompson: Winifred Greenwood


Olive Groves is not only one of the most popular singers known to broadcasting, but easily the most versatile. There is no kind of programme in which music plays a part, in which she has not appeared at some time or another and in which she does not excel: concerts, revues, musical comedies, musical plays, vaudeville, and lieder. Miss Groves is a musician of many parts, violinist, pianist, singer, and won high distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in her student days. She has been broadcasting since 1926.


with Jean Firth
Chris Morgan


Unknown: Jean Firth
Unknown: Chris Morgan


Kathleen Long (pianoforte) :
Sonata in A minor (Mozart)-1 Allegro maestoso. 2 Andante. 3


including Weather Forecast

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