THE Houses of Parliament, in their present form, are less than a century old, nearly the whole of the Palace of Westminster having been destroyed in the fire of 1834. But such buildings age quickly, and even the new Houses teem with history, custom and tradition, whilst Westminster Hall is, of course, the original scat of the Courts of Justice of the realm. Sir Ernest Gray has had very great experience of conducting parties through the House of Commons -of which he was a Member for four years-and this will certainly not be the least interesting of his series of talks.
LAST week Mr. Collinson halted in mid-
Pacific, at Honolulu, in his tour round the world. Today he crosses to our own hemisphere again, and disembarks at Yokohama to discuss the characteristic features, social and geographical, of Japan, closing with his departure for Shanghai, where he will resume next week.
Arranged by THE PEOPLE'S CONCERT SOCIETY, in co-operation with the B.B.C.
The PEOPLE'S CONCERT ORCHESTRA, Conducted by CHARLES WOODHOUSE; Principal Violin GEORGE STRATTON
HOLBERG is looked upon as the founder of modern Danish literature. The bicentenary of his birth occurred in 1884, and Grieg, as his contribution to the celebration, composed a Pianoforte Suite From Holberg's Day. This he afterwards arranged for String Orchestra. Holberg was a contemporary of Bach and Handel, and Grieg's music reminds us of the fact very pleasantly. There are five Movements: a Prelude, very much in Bach's manner; a graceful Sarabande (one of the dances that made up the Suite in former days); then a charming Gavotte, followed by a melodiously reflective Air, and finally a jovial Bigaudon.
THE Mozart work is simply a collection of four delightful separate pieces, a kind of little Symphony, but light as air, gay as the summer evenings for which it was written.
It is scored for a String Orchestra.
FIRST MOVEMENT (Quick).
The lively First Main Tune starts at once in all instruments in octaves. It continues at some length, mostly in First Violins.
After a general flourish and a full stop, the Second Main Tune arrives. This is really in several little parts, which all follow one another with perfect naturalness. It starts with a mincing fragment of Tune in Violins in octaves, which the Second Violins repeat, while the First Violins hep about above; then the Bass asserts itself, and so on. Soon we reach the end of the paragraph (so to speak). This first part is marked to be repeated, but that is sometimes thought superfluous nowadays.
The second part begins with a very brief discussion of bits of the two main tunes, then proceeds to repeat the first part almost unchanged. With another general flourish, the piece ends. (The second part may also be repeated.)
The SECOND MOVEMENT is called a Romance.
It is a rather stately, thoughtful piece, mostly plainly tuneful.
This is the second of a series of talks in which Miss Elphinstone is describing some great British industries from the inside. Last time it was the manufacture of matches; this time it is sweets. Most of us are apt to think of sweets in quantities of pounds, or even ounces, but she will tell of the places where they are made and handled by the ton.
: The Staff Family
(or as much of it as is available) will once more be ' At Home ' in the Studio
MUSIC is an art that can be made extraordinarily unattractive if it is wrongly talked about. Mr. Percy Scholes has long been, like Mark Tapley , inveterately cheerful in the face of all the masterpieces that tend to overwhelm the serious-minded man ; and a critic who is cheerful though sound is a boon to the musical population. He has been interested in many branches of music criticism and propaganda—founded music journals, acted as critic to various important papers, and been prominent in the recent advances in player-piano and gramophone reproduction.
GEORGE CARNEY (Comedian)
ERNEST COVE (Poems by Service)
MUNRO and MILLS (Syncopated Duets on two
RONALD FRANKAU (Entertainer)
(Rossum's Universal Robots)
A Play by Karel Capek
Translated from the Czech by Paul Selver
Arranged for Broadcasting and Produced by Cecil Lewis
The action takes place on a remote island in 1950-60
(London, Daventry and other stations)