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Scott Goddard


Unknown: Scott Goddard

: For the Children ' A ROOM AT THE INN '

A Christmas Masque by Eleanor and Herbert Farjeon , with music by Harry Farjeon
A Section of the BBC Women's Chorus and a small Orchestra, conducted by Herbert Murrill
Produced by Geoffrey Dearmer
It is two years now since this charming radio rhapsody of Christmas, which originally appeared in the RADIO TIMES, was broadcast. It is being repeated this afternoon with the same cast as in 1936, except that Irene Eisinger will play the part of Mary. She is at the moment delighting London audiences with her performance in Herbert Farjeon 's light opera An Elephant in Arcady at the Kingsway Theatre.
An Angelic Chorus opens the Masque. There follows a conversa tion in the stable between the Ox and the Ass, and then there is a duet between these two. At the same time, at the Inn, the host and hostess are very busy, and the streets of Bethlehem are crowded with nobles and ladies, merchants, and soldiers.


Unknown: Herbert Farjeon
Music By: Harry Farjeon
Unknown: Herbert Murrill
Produced By: Geoffrey Dearmer
Unknown: Irene Eisinger
Unknown: Herbert Farjeon
The Ox: Foster Richardson
The Ass: Stuart Robertson
The Host: Robert Chignell
The Hostess: Alice Moxon
Joseph: Henry Wendon
Mary: Irene Eisinger


Conductor, P. S. G. O'Donnell


Conductor: P. S. G. O'Donnell


A gramophone record programme
Presented by Doris Arnold


Presented By: Doris Arnold


in French, German, and Italian


with Brian Lawrance
(All the above items arranged by Fred Hartley )
Son of a well-known Dundee musician, Fred Hartley went to the Royal Academy of Music when sixteen. There he studied the piano under Tobias Matthay and Harold Craxton , and composition under Benjamin Dale , became the Academy's official accompanist and played concertos under Sir Alexander Mackenzie and Sir Henry Wood.
After five years at the R.A.M. he became the second pianist at the Kit-Kat Club. Next came night-club work, the musical directorship of the Cirkus Theatre, Stockholm, and a period of teaching at Dundee, where he gave his first broadcasts.
He has been broadcasting ever since, though it was not until he formed his Novelty Quintet in 1931 that he Vvon his present fame.


Unknown: Brian Lawrance
Arranged By: Fred Hartley
Musician: Fred Hartley
Unknown: Tobias Matthay
Unknown: Harold Craxton
Unknown: Benjamin Dale
Unknown: Sir Alexander MacKenzie
Unknown: Sir Henry Wood.


A picture of life in Norway by D. G. Bridson
With music and dances specially recorded by Norsk Rikskringkasting of Oslo


Unknown: D. G. Bridson
Unknown: Norsk Rikskringkasting


(Church of England) from
Holy Trinity Church, St. Marylebone
Organ Voluntary
8.0 Order of Service
Hymn, Hark what a sound (S.P. 511) Thanksgiving Psalm xxiv
Lesson, I John iv, 7-19 Magnificat Prayers
Hymn, 0 little town of Bethlehem
(S.P. 79 ; A. and M. 642)
Address by the Rev. G. F. SAYWELL
Hymn, Turn Back, 0 man (S.P.
Organist, William J. Tubbs


Unknown: Rev. G. F. Saywell
Organist: William J. Tubbs

: The Week's Good Cause


The appeal this week is on behalf of All Saints' Hospital, Southwark,
S.E.11, a hospital which specialises in the treatment of diseases of the kidneys, bladder, and so on. The hospital has been very active throughout its history researching into methods of treating diseases of these organs without resort to open operations; and, owing to the inspiration of its founder, the late Edward Canny Ryall, F.R.C.S.I., has successfully treated many thousands of cases of bladder diseases by electrical and other non-cutting means....
The hospital is in a grave financial position, being burdened with a debt of £25,000, while its income does not cover the annual cost of maintenance of the increasing number of patients.

Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged, and should be addressed to [address removed]


Speaker: Howard Marshall


including Weather Forecast


(Ninth Season)
Parry Jones (tenor)
The Menges String Quartet:
Isolde Menges (violin)
Beatrice Carrelle (violin) John Yewe Dyer (viola) Ivor James (violoncello) with Alfred de Reyghere (viola) and Ernest Lush (pianoforte)
Mozart's D minor Quartet, K.421, the second of the six dedicated, to Haydn, was composed in Vienna in June, 1783. His wife herself has left us a graphic account of his writing out the. work-no doubt already ' composed ' in his mind-in her bedroom during an illness.
The Quartet is a fine example of the tragic poignancy that is so often associated by Mozart with minor keys. ' The suppressed passion of the opening movement, the intense, almost hectic beauty of the andante, and above all the finale with its curiously fitful gleams of intermit
, tent minor and major..... and the violent sforzandi off the beat-all this ', writes Eric Blom , ' amounting to a personal confession that is kept within bounds of fine art only because its expressive intensity is matched by the utmost tact and the keenest discernment of a perfect balance between technique and design '.


Tenor: Parry Jones
Violin: Beatrice Carrelle
Viola: John Yewe Dyer
Viola: Ivor James
Unknown: Eric Blom

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