IN this series of talks Sir Ernest Gray has dealt with the meaning of ' a Law,' the origins of Parliament, the machinery by which the House of Commons is elected, and the Parliament build. ings themselves. He now proceeds to the actual working of Parliament as a law-making assembly, and starts with the picturesque ceremony of the Royal Opening, in which Parliament dresses itself up and enjoys a little historic-and quite significant-pageantry, before getting down to work.
TODAY Mr. Collinson will talk of China and some of its ways. including its meals. its theatres, and its temples: and thence he will go on to Manila and the Philippines, and the seas from which one can see the Southern Cross.
Instruction in Singing
Games by Miss ELSIE AVRIL , with Introductory Address by Mr. DOUGLAS N. KENNEDY. Country Dance Instruction by Miss MAUD KARPELES
OF DUETS by HERBERT THORPE (Tenor) and HARRY BRINDLE (Bass)
: Selections by The
Victor Olof Sextet : ' The Advanced Dragon ' (Reginald Callellder). The Weakest Corner ' (H. Mortimer Batten)
Played by JAMES CHING
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
EARLY Toccatas (' touch' pieces) were chiefly means of displaying brilliance upon the Keyboard. Bach's piece, the first of a number of works he styled Toccata.' is much more. It falls into several sections. The first of these begins like the older Toccatas, with brilliant passage work. A sudden change of pace brings some dignified chordal music. To this succeeds a Fugue of fair length, curiously built on two versions of a tune. both of which begin exactly alike (one starts in the left hand and the other in the right, a bar later).
A second slow portion then ensues-a very expressive, melancholy interlude, in which the music passes from one key to another, producing an emotional effect not uncommon in Bach's music, which is full of feeling ; not the least of its attractions is that the sentiment is always strong and restrained.
Another Fugue (with an unusual preface of a few bars before it really begins) concludes the work.
T OCKHART'S Life of Scott is not so well known as most of the books of which Professor George Gordon has talked in his two series, but it is well worth getting to know. Seott was a particularly interesting character, with his early fame as a poet, his long concealment of his identity as the author of the Waverley Novels. his Royalist sympathies, and the financial disaster that made him work himself to death. As his son-in-law. Lockhart knew all about Scott's private life. and his book, inspired by affection as well as by literary interest, is an absorbing record of a remarkable life.
SYDNEY NESBITT and THE LONDON RADIO DANCE BAND, directed by SIDNEY FIRMAN
read by GWEN FFRANGCON-DAVIES
N0 young actress now playing on the English stage has made a greater reputation in a shorter time than Miss Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies . Her first notable success was in the part of Etain in Mr. Rutland Boughton's opera. The Immortal Hour, which she played at the Old Vic in 15)20, and with the Birmingham Repertory Company at Birmingham in 1921, and at the Regent Theatre, London, in 1922. and again in 1923. With the same company she scored many other successes, Including Eve in Back to Methuselah ; and anot her of her triumphs was in the part of Titania in the magnificent Christmas production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Drury Lane.
Listeners will not have forgotten her acting in the broadcast production of R.U.R last week.
By ALBERT SAMMONS (Violin)
Major JOHN HAY BEITH ('Ian Hay') and Mr. DOUGLAS WOODRUFF
(late President Oxford Union Society) on the motion
'THAT SPORT IS A MENACE '
The Rt. Hon. Lord THOMSON OF CARDINGTON
(Late Secretary of State for Air) will take the Chair
Relayed from the Fvvie Hall
EVERY school debating society has at one time or another discussed the question of athletics and their abuse. Head-masters have denounced schoolboys' athletic championships, and journalists have warned us that we are approaching the stage that has already been reached in America, where universities compete in offering scholarships to star school athletes, and the athletic coach gets a salary to which the professor can never aspire.
Tonight the discussion will be carried out on a rather higher plane than usual. Mr. Woodruff is a typical example of the Oxford intellectual (the natural enemy of athletics), an ex-President of the Union, now on the staff of The Times. He has had much debating experience, as he led a Union team on a debating tour round the English-speaking world.- tour part of which provided him with the material for a brilliant book called 'Plato's American Republic.' 'Ian Hay,' of course, is well known as a most popular novelist. In addition, he combines with an ample knowledge of 'The Lighter Side of School Life' an enthusiasm for 'The Sport of Kings.'
Lord Thomson had a distinguished career in the Army, ending up as a member of the Supreme War Council in 1918. After the war he transferred his interest to the air, and was Air Minister in the Labour Government.