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: The Children's Hour

' How the Sheriff of Nottingham went a-wooing', a play of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, by FRANKLYN KELSEY
' Specials '-3


Unknown: Robin Hood
Unknown: Franklyn Kelsey

: ' The First News'

Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin, and Bulletin for Farmers, followed by Regional Announcements

: Gramophone Records

' Come to the Fair'

: Bristol Constabulary Concert

ASTRA DESMOND (contralto)
BAND (String section)
(By kind permission of The Watch Committee)
Director of Music,
Captain F. W. WOOD , M.V.O.
Relayed from
The Colston Hall , Bristol
(Solo violin, Constable J. CONSTANT ; solo violoncello, Constable G. WILLIAMS )
ONE OF THOSE things which serious musicians number among the crimes which are, unfortunately, not punishable by law is the sacrilegious misuse of classical masterpieces. Perhaps the most heinous, but at the same time the most successful, cr;me of this kind ever perpetrated is this Ave Maria. The groundwork of this piece is the lovely first Pelude from Bach's Forty-eight, relegated by Gounod to the purpose of an accompaniment to a tune of his own placed on top of it. It was am impudent thing to do, nothing can excuse it, time cannot condone it-nor, indeed, can time kill it. The queer part is that had Gounod written the whole thing, accompaniment and all, it might have been accepted by everybody as a serious and, in its sentimental way, even an effective, piece of work.
Police March, Feast Song


Contralto: Astra Desmond
Tenor: Walter Widdop
Music: Captain F. W. Wood
Unknown: Colston Hall
Unknown: G. Williams

: The Western Onlooker A Regional Review

' Whenever I see a cluster of people I always mix with them, though I never open my lips.... Thus I live in the world as a spectator....'

: 'The Second News'

Weather Forecast,Second General News

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

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