and summary of today's programmes for the Forces
Records of Sydney McEwen (tenor)
Exercises for men : George Welton
7.40 Exercises for women : May Brown
Rev. Father John Murray , S.J.
Details of some of today's broadcasts
Foreign flavours at home
Review of November records by Leslie Perowne and his gramophone
at the theatre organ
and his Orchestra
from p. 65 of ' New Every Morning and p. 56 of ' Each Returning Day'
Primo Scala 's Accordion Band, directed by Harry Bidgood
Harry Bidgood , who directs Primo Scala 's Accordion Band, was taught the piano at an early age by his father who was a composer. As soon as he left school he went on to the Variety stage as a solo pianist, and also played at cinemas in the 'silent' days. He was an Army drummer during the last war, after which he was for a time pianist at the. Old Vic, thereafter forming the dance-band combination with which he spent three-and-a-half years at the Piccadilly Hotel.
Bidgood took over the directorship of Primo Scala 's Accordion Band some years ago. It has been recording for the last ten years, and broadcasting regularly since the beginning of this year.
Norah Seeds (mezzo-soprano)
The Seagull of the Land-under-waves Weaving Lilt
Land of Heart'* Desire The Love-wandering Kishmull cradle-croon The Lord of the Isles
(All arranged by M. Kennedy-Fraser : words translated from the Gaelic by Kenneth McLeod )
and his Sextet, with Alex Penney (soprano). From a West-Country concert hall
No. 11—November : with Mae Bamber and Gerald Howe Chantler. Produced by Richard North
Conductor, P. S. G. O'Donnell Contemporary British Composers
Lunch-time entertainment for factory workers, relayed from a factory somewhere in Britain
(A message from the Minister of Labour and National Service is on page 3)
' Furs from home', by W. King Wilson
Preludes for piano : played by Edward Mitchell
Op. 16, No. 1 in B ; No. 2 in G sharp minor; No. 4 in E flat minor
Op. 22, No. 3 in Op. 11, No, I in C ; No. S in D ; No. 6 in B minor ; No. 12 in G sharp minor ; No. 19 in E flat
It is not impossible that the musical historians of the future will decide to class Scriabin among the great miniaturists : his beautifully polished miniatures are like nothing else in the literature of the piano.
The preludes to be heard this afternoon are thoroughly representative of the composer's earlier style, revealing both his Chopinism and the assertion of his own independence in the face of Chopin (as in Op. 11, No. 6, written when the composer was still a seventeen-year-old military cadet).
London Philharmonic Orchestra (leader, Reginald Morley ), conducted by Basil Cameron and William Walton. Henry Hoist (violin)
Radio comedy by E. Eynon Evans , introducing the characters of ' Prize Onions ', ' Council Cup ', etc. Produced by T. Rowland Hughes
Ralph Hill and Gordon Glover conclude their recent musical argument in the RADIO Times with the help of gramophone records. The Editor of the RADIO TIMES acts as referee
From a ballroom in the West. Listen to Kenway and Young, Gabrielle Brune , Ronald Chesney , and dance to the Futurists Dance Band, directed by Reginald Williams. Presented by Leslie Bridgmont
Yr ail o ddwy sgwrs gan y Parch. J. Gwyn Jones yn trin y Rhyddid a hawlir gan yr Eglwys a'i berthynas a Diwylliant a Gwareiddiad. (Religious talk in Welsh)
' Song-party ' : Jolly choruses sung by the Arfon Male Octet, conducted by Mansel Thomas
' Country lore ' : another competition between local country children and evacuees on nature lore and country life
National and Regional announcements
An adventure of the sea in six episodes, with Henry Oscar , Tucker McGuire , Sonnie Hale , Ivan Brandt. Script by Phillip Leaver and Ernest Dudley. Lyrics by Max Kester. Music by Kenneth Leslie-Smith . Orchestrations by Hal Evans. Part 6-' Battle of the Atlantic
Officers and Men of the Royal Navy and the German Navy. Augmented BBC Revue Ochestra, conducted by Hyam Greenbaum. Produced by Vemon Harris.
[Home Service continued on p. 26
' Once again we stop the London traffic in order to bring to you some of the interesting people who are In Town Tonight' : introducing personalities from every walk of life in interviews with Elizabeth Cowell and Roy Rich. Edited and produced by C. F. Meehan.
Major David Maxwell Fyfe , K.C., M.P.
No. —'The Prince of Wales'.
Written by Desmond Hawkins. Produced by Peter Watts.
with Maisie Weldon , Ronald Frankau , Charles Harrison. BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Compere, Philip S lessor. Presented by John Sharman
Raymond Gram Swing
Miracle play by Bernard Walke. Scene 1—Dressing the bride ; Scene 2-Outside the church during the wedding ; Scene 3—The home of bride and bridegroom ; Scene 4-The church at night
Bernard Walke , the author of the famous St. Hilary Miracle Plays, died earlier this year. Tonight the St. Hilary Players perform the play again, in the tradition established through so many years of broadcasting by him and Filson Young.
Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult
with his Orchestra