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THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA : Conducted by JOHN ANSELL
MENDELSSOHN wrote his Overture to A
Midsummer Night's Dream when he was only seventeen. It gives us the atmosphere of Shakespeare's fairy play to perfection.
First there is a call to the fairies, who imme-(liately come tripping in. Later we hear the donkey's bray of Bottom the Weaver, on whose shoulders the tricksy Puck clapped an ass's head.

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Conducted By:
John Ansell

TPEN days could hardly be callod an unduly
-L long time to take over writing a Symphony. Yet Mozart took no longer over this fortieth Symphony, which is one of the most popular, and is generally considered one of the finest and most original of all his orchestral works. One must remember, of course, that in those days (nearly a hundred and fifty years ago) the Symphony was hardly out of its cradle, and had certainly not assumed the' colossal proportions of later days. Also the style of music just at that time was almost as simple and straightforward as it ever has been. Still, it is not everyone who could in ten days compose an orchestral masterpiece consisting (as this does) of four separate Movements, each of a lair length.
Of these four Movements, or separate pieces, the First is quick and bustling and full of estless energy. But one thing noticeable, all through this Symphony, is that Mozart lias used in it no Drums, nor any of the heavier Brass. The Second Movement comes as a beautiful, restful relief after the agitation of the First. The Third Movement is' « cheerful, rather ceremonious Minuet. The Fourth Movement is the sweeping, rushing Finale, whose speed never slackens, though there arc moments of tranquillity.

IN the spring of 1869, on the shores of Lake
Lucerne, was born Wagner's son, Siegfried, named after the great symbolic hero of the Ring dramas. Shortly after, Siegfried's mother was greeted, on her birthday morning, with the Siegfried Idyll. A small' orchestra had been secretly collected and rehearsed by Richter (then living with, and helping Wagner), who played the Trumpet part, whilst Wagner, sitting on the stairs, conducted. In pure beauty and tenderness, neither Wagner, nor indeed any other composer, has ever surpassed this piece. All who are familiar with Wagner's, great Trilogy, The Ring of the Nibelungs will recognize many tunes from various parts of the work, mostly connected with Siegfried and Brünnhilde, The melody which chiefly dominates the Idyll (it persists in the Strings in the first section) is the chief melody in the great love-duet.
The only time used which, does not occur in the Ring Trilogy is an old German Cradle Song.

Three Scenes from their Repertoire.
1. A Scene between Vjera and Count Skariatine from Charles Hanrian 's Dramatization of Marion Crawford 's Novel, ' A Cigarette Maker's Romance'
2. The Story of ' Rat Reresby ' as told by him in Act II. of ' The Breed of the Treshams,' by Evelyn Greenlcaf Sutherland and Beulah Mario Dix
3. The Scone between Lady Anne and Richard III. from Shakespeare's Tragedy, ' Richard III. '
SIR JOHN MARTIN HARVEY , the famous actor-manager, has had as distinguished a career as any figure of the contemporary stage. He was with Irving's company for fourteen years, and since then has appeared in London and the provinces, Canada, and the United States, in a great variety of leading parts. Some of his most famous productions have been The Only Way, The Burgomaster of Stilemonde, and The Corsican Brothers. He was knighted in 1921. Miss N. do Silva (Lady Harvey) was herself formerly in the Lyceum company under Sir Henry Irving , and since her marriage has played many leading rôles in her husband's company, including Ophelia to his Hamlet, and Mimi in The Only Way. Of the pieces which have been drawn upon for this programme, A Cigarette-Maker's Romance was produced by Sir John Martin Harvey at the Court Theatre in 1901, and he gave a command performance before King Edward at Sandringham in 1902. The Breed of the Treshams he first produced in 1903, and it soon became one of the most popular items in his repertory. King Richard III. , which was published anonymously in 1597, is a magnificent melodrama providing a really ' fat ' part in that of the King. Sir John Martin Harvey first played this part at the Lyceum in 1910, a performance that he has repeated many times since.

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Charles Hanrian
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Marion Crawford
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Evelyn Greenlcaf Sutherland
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Beulah Mario Dix
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Richard Iii.
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Richard Iii.
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Sir John Martin Harvey
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Sir Henry Irving
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Sir John Martin Harvey
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Richard Iii.
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John Martin Harvey

Address by Prof. L. P. JACKS , Principal of Manchester College, Oxford
PROFESSOR L. P. JACKS is Principal and Professor of Philosophy at Manchester College. Oxford, and Editor of the Hibbert Journal. In addition to having a distinguished record as a philosopher and as a preacher, he is the author of some remarkable books in which metaphysics and fiction have been combined in a manner that makes them both exciting and stimulating. They include ' Mad Shepherds,' ' Among the Idohnakers,' ' All Men Are Ghosts,' ' The Legends of Smokeover,' and its sequel, ' Heroes of Smokeover.' His son, Mr. M. L. Jacks , has been Headmaster of Mill Hill School since 1922.

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L. P. Jacks
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Professor L. P. Jacks
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Mr. M. L. Jacks

Appeal by Mrs. Ethel M. Wood , Chairman of the Finance Committee of the League.

The aim of the Winter Distress League is to create employment, to substitute work for doles, and to restore the nation's greatest asset - independence - by giving men a chance to earn. It does this in several different ways; by the Hospital Employment Scheme, by which the labour of unemployed men is used for urgent work that could not otherwise be carried out for lack of funds-in which cases Trade Union rates are paid to the men employed ; by care of the children of the unemployed, by a mending service for women, and by the provision of clothing to those who are in danger of being prevented by their ragged appearance from even applying for work with any hope of success. In all these ways it is helping the deserving unemployed - amongst whom ex-service men and their families are always given preference - not merely to keep going, but to get on their feet again, and in many cases it is able to install, them in permanent jobs.
Contributions may be sent to [address removed]

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Speaker:
Ethel M. Wood

2LO London

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