' Pastimes for Nimble Fingers, Something for Boys', by EsTELLE STEEL-HARPER
Duets by ALFRED DICKIN (tenor) and ARTHUR WILLIAMS (baritone)
PHILIP BARKER and his Banjo
' In the Public Eye ', a topical talk by DAVY ROBERTS
Directed by FRANK CANTELL
MAURICE MILBOURNE (tenor) NORMAN O'NEILL and the Haymarket
Theatre, London, are almost inseparable terms. O'Neill was first appointed Music Director there in 1908, and, with one short break, has been there ever since. It is from his pen that a great deal of the delightful music incidental to the Haymarket plays has come. And not only have the plays and the audiences benefited, but the concert rooms, too. Could a week's broadcast possibly happen without the inclusion of something by O'Neill in the programmes ? ALBENIZ, a Spanish composer who died in 1909 at the age of forty-nine, was a prolific writer for the pianoforte. His compositions are based, very largely on traditional Spanish rhythms and melodies; this Malaguena, for example, is based on a dance called the Fandango, which has been popular in Spain for more than 200 years. THE STORY of Daudet's play relates how a young Provencal farmer is torn between a passion for a dancer of Aries, a neighbouring town, and his repulsion against what he realises has been her life in the past. He cannot forget her, nor can he overlook her unworthiness, and takes his own life as a way out of his tragic dilemma. The Prelude epitomises the dramatic elements of the play ; the Minuet is a solo for flute with harp accompaniment ; the Adagietto for muted strings only, accompanies, in the play, the meeting of the hero's mother and her former lover whom she has not seen for fifty years ; . the Finale combines the March theme from the Prelude with a dance tune based on the Farandole.
By Col. J. S. TRINHAM
THE SOUTHERN part of the Black Country, especially Cradley Heath , has long been famous as the centre of the heavy chain - making industry. Mary MacArthur 's campaign against the exploitation of women's labour in chain-making marked an epoch in trade union history.
Col. J. S.
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