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in honour of the birthday of His Majesty the King with a description by Major J. B. S. Bourne-May (late
Coldstream Guards) from the Horse Guards Parade,
Trooping the Colour in celebration of the King's birthday is one of London's most picturesque annual ceremonies. Broadcast in 1927 and every year since, it has proved one of the most popular outside broadcasts-thanks very largely to the skill of Major Bourne-May, who has given the commentary every year.
Major Bourne-May has himself taken part in the Trooping five times. On the last occasion, in 1923, he commanded the Escort to the Colour found by the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, who are finding the Colour again this year.


Unknown: Major J. B. S. Bourne-May


Conductor, Ivan Huckerby from St. Stephen's Hall, Birmingham


Conductor: Ivan Huckerby


' Thomas Hardy at Max Gate '
Gertrude Bugler


Unknown: Thomas Hardy


Pianoforte Quintet in A, Op. 81
1 Allegro ma non tanto. 2 Dumka: Andante con moto. 3 Furiant: Molto vivace. 4 Finale: Allegro played by The Norbert Wethmar Pianoforte
Norbert Wethmar (violin)
Nathan Comras (violin)
John Yewe Dyer (viola)
Walter Nunn (violoncello) and Wilfred Parry (pianoforte)
Dvorak's Piano Quintet was written in 1887. It is one of the finest of his chamber works : ' an absolute revelation says Ottokar Sourek , ' of the personality of Dvorak, a man apparently locked within . himself, moving only in the sphere of divine beauty, now plunged in gloomy meditation, his vision lost in eternity, now smiling brightly, bubbling over with happiness and breaking forth in outbursts of the frankest joy. Such a spirit was Dvorak, and thus he appears in this quintet--one of the freshest and most characteristic creations of his genius.' The composer makes brilliant use of the ' Furiant ' in the scherzo movement.


Pianoforte: Norbert Wethmar
Violin: Norbert Wethmar
Violin: Nathan Comras
Viola: John Yewe Dyer
Viola: Walter Nunn
Pianoforte: Wilfred Parry
Unknown: Ottokar Sourek


(by permission of the Air Council)
Conducted by Squadron-Leader R. P. O'Donnell , M.V.O., Director of Music, Royal Air Force from the Royal Air Force Head-quarters, Uxbridge


Conducted By: Squadron-Leader R. P. O'Donnell




No. 20
A weekly magazine programme which includes something for everybody
Presented by William MacLurg
Features will include
' The Lucky Melody'
The popular song of the week
' Listeners' Corner'
Edited by Adrian Thomas
Songs, anecdotes, and verses contributed by listeners
' Hands Across the Sea'
This song takes me home
' Is That the Rule ? '
In which Captain Cuttle and his guests will give their expert opinion on matters of topical interest in the world of sport and ' Here you are then! '
A selection of melodies you have chosen
The music played by Rae Jenkins 's Lucky Dip Orchestra under the direction of Jack Clarke
(Empire Programme)
' Lucky Dip ' will be broadcast again this evening (National, 8.0)


Presented By: William MacLurg
Edited By: Adrian Thomas
Played By: Rae Jenkins
Unknown: Jack Clarke


F. J. Mortimer


Unknown: F. J. Mortimer

: Music for Dancing

Reg Pursglove and his Orchestra


Unknown: Reg Pursglove


at the BBC Theatre Organ


Mario de Pietro with a small combination of star musicians


Unknown: Mario de Pietro


An anthology of American college songs
A gramophone programme compiled by G. F. Gray Clarke
Presented by Ross Landon


Unknown: G. F. Gray Clarke
Presented By: Ross Landon

: Dignity

A play by Teresa Deevy
Characters: Mrs. Hally, an elderly landlady Tim, her girlhood's sweetheart Dermot Wade, a lodger, Two strangers to the village, A Civic Guard, Mrs. Hally's mother and father, People of the village
The action takes place in a small village in Southern Ireland
Time, The Present
The cast includes Nita Hardie, Rosemary Leeper Wilson, Rosemary Colvin, G. V. Harries, Kenneth Barton, Harry S. Gibson, David Thompson, Noel Neely, Jack Gavin, and James Stewart
Producer, James Mageean
Dignity, which was also broadcast yesterday afternoon in the National programme, is a specially written radio play. It is the touching story of the most important event in a woman's life, told by a talkative landlady to an impatient lodger.
Teresa Deevy, who lives near Waterford, is deaf, and although she has seen her plays on the stage of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, she has never heard one. Her first play was produced at the Abbey about ten years ago; she has followed it with five or six others, all in the same somewhat Chekhovian vein. Two of them, In Search of Valour and The King of Spain's Daughter, have been broadcast in the Northern Ireland programme, and The King of Spain's Daughter was televised not long ago. Viewers will also see In Search of Valour in June.
(Northern Ireland)


Unknown: Teresa Deevy
Unknown: Characters Mrs.
Unknown: Dermot Wade
Unknown: Nita Hardie
Unknown: Rosemary Leeper
Unknown: Rosemary Colvin
Unknown: G. V. Harries
Unknown: Kenneth Barton
Unknown: Harry S. Gibson
Unknown: David Thompson
Unknown: Noel Neely
Unknown: Jack Gavin
Unknown: James Stewart
Producer: James Mageean
Unknown: Teresa Deevy


Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24 played by Iso Elinson (pianoforte)
In addition to the Variations on a Theme by Haydn and various movements in variation form, Brahms wrote a set for piano duet, Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann , and five sets for piano solo. Among the last-mentioned is the Variations on a Theme by Handel, which is Brahms's crowning achievement in variation form.
The theme is taken from the Little
Suite in B flat in the second set of Handel's harpsichord pieces. In these twenty-five variations the immense technical resources and great imagination of the composer are shown to the full by the wonderful variety of treatment and expressiveness that are secured within the strict limitations of the form.


Played By: Iso Elinson
Unknown: Robert Schumann


An operetta written and composed by Eric Barker. Music arranged by Charles Rose. Orchestrations by Wally Wallond
Cast in order of appearance and Audrey Cameron , Ernest Clark , Clifford Bean , and Barl Royal-Dawson
The BBC Revue Chorus
The BBC Augmented
Variety Orchestra
Conducted by Louis Levy
Production by Ronald Waldman
' His Majesty's Pleasure' was broadcast in the National programme on Tuesday


Composed By: Eric Barker.
Arranged By: Charles Rose.
Unknown: Wally Wallond
Unknown: Audrey Cameron
Unknown: Ernest Clark
Unknown: Clifford Bean
Unknown: Barl Royal-Dawson
Conducted By: Louis Levy
Production By: Ronald Waldman
Mr Jenkins: Jack Warner
Mr Harold Tuke: Horace Percival
Miss Maud Tuke: Betty Huntley- Wright
Cyril Green: John Stevens
Mrs Amy Tuke: Gwen Nelson
Mr Zeuss: Peter Madd N
General Bakayovna: Sidney Burchall
Mrs Mayhew: Marjorie Sanford
Mr Mayhew: Stafford Byrne


(including Weather Forecast)


from the Astoria Dance Salon


on gramophone records

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