AN egg is a fairly simple and familiar object, and so is a bird; but before the one becomes the other, any number of intricate and fascinating processes go on. Mr. E. Kay Robinson will tell of these in the second of his Nature talks today.
RELAYED FROM WESTMINSTER
(See page 257.)
: Songs by Carmen Hill : ' Tho Man Who Found Mushrooms' (Eleanor Farjeon). The Creepy Side of the Zoo,' by L. G. Mainland.
DESPITE the incursions of American millionaires, this country still remains the home of an immense number of art treasures. Sir Robert Witt is one of those who have done most to promote-or initiate-enthusiasm for this part of our heritage, and prevent the drain across the Atlantic of masterpieces that can never be replaced. He was one of the founders of the National Art-Collections Fund, and is Chairman of that and of the National Loan Collection Trust; and, besides being a Trustee of the National Gallery, the Tate and the Watts, he has written several books on the appreciation of art.
The Sonatas of Beethoven
A HUNDRED years ago the British working classes wero living in conditions that strike us now as being very near the nadir of misery. Apart altogether from tho question of high prices and low wages, they wero suffering from working conditions often indescribably bad ; they had no source of income with which to face sickness, accident, or old age, except the tyrannically-administered Poor Law Relief ; they wero disfranchised, and a]) combinations such as trade unions were forbidden by law. How labour escaped from this state of serfdom is the subject of Mr. Ross's talks.
Its Development from the Earliest Times
Told by Col. John C. Somerville (late Commandant, the Royal Military School of Music) Musical Illustrations will be provided by the Wireless Military Band, under the direction of Lieut. B. Walton O'Donnell, and it is hoped to use some of the oldest forms of military band instruments - Serpent, Cornetto, Ophicleide and Keyed Bugle. (see pictures on page 255)
Military Marches by Dibdin and Bishop, copied from manuscripts in the British Museum, will be given in the original style.
Similarly the 'British Grenadiers' March will be played by the earliest forms of Military Bands, then by the present-day combination.
in its relation to
TN this section of the programme, J- the essential characteristics of the Military Band will bo contrasted with those of the Orchestra. Typical orchestral passages will be played, first by the Orchestra and then in their Military Band transcriptions. Finally, standard orchestral works (movement from Elgar's ' Wand of Youth' Suites, and tho Introduction to Act III of ' Lohengrin ') will be played through by each combination.
IN spite of the great musical advance in Military Band development, composers still tend to ignore it. Colonel Somervillo will make a few remarks on this subject. Examples of works written expressly by modern composers for the Military Band will bo played.
Conducted by Lieut. B. WALTON O'DONNELL , R.M.