Centre Court Matches from the ALL ENGLAND LAWN TENNIS CLUB,
Running Commentary bv Col. R. H. BRAND and Capt. H. B. T. WAKELAM
GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY'S CONCERT
Relayed from the Royal Albert Hall
THE last Saturday of Wimbledon is (weather, always, permitting) the great day of the European lawn tennis year. On that day it is decided who is to possess for the year the title of successor to the giants of the past, Doherty and Wilding. Patterson and Brookes. This year the interest has been heightened by the return of Tilden to rontest with the Frenchmen, Borotra and Lacoste. who between them have held it for t!.e last three years, the title that he won in 1920 and 1921. At the time of writing, of course, it is not possible to forecast who will be the pair to meet in the great match on the Centre Court today ; but if—as is more than likely—it should be Tilden and either of the Frenchmen, tennis history will be made.
And in the women's event there is an equal interest, for though the amazing career of Lenglen has ended, so far as Wimbledon is concerned, we have a champion of our own—Mrs. Godfrce -who has twice won the honour, beating her two most formidable opponents of the year, Senorita d'Alvarez and Miss Helen Wills , and who may this year beat all the foreign opposition and secure at ieast one title for the home country.
Running Commentary by Captain DEREK MCCULLOCH , late R.A.F. and Flight-Lieut . W . HELMORE , R.A.F. Relayed from HENDON AERODROME
Selections by the Daventry Quartet. Mabel Constanduros in ' Bedtime at the Bugginses' and a belated Request Week Item which it was not possible to repeat until today. Hayden 'Coffin (in Excerpts from ' Alice in Wonderland as 'The Mad Hatter')
BALLAD in G Minor
Played by HOWARD MITCHELL (Pianoforte)
A FRIEND of Grieg said that the Ballad (a favourite work of the Composer) was written 'with his heart's blood in days of sadness and despair.' This, one of the biggest and certainly the best of all his Piano works, is cast in the form of an Air with Variations. which are very clear and easy to follow, for the general out-lino of the theme is almost always prominent. In the last five Variations the music works up continuously to a strong clamax, and the Ballad ends with a repetition of the Air in its simple form.
HENLEY REGATTA is the crown of the oars-man's year. the occasion when English crews and English scullers have their chance to win fame in conflict with each other and with the picked men of the Continent and, very often, of America. The Grand Challenge Cup is the blue riband of eight-oar racing, and even a man who has stroked a 'Varsity crew to victory over the Putney-Mortlake course may feel that he has added to his reputation when lie has brought Leander home in the final of the Grand. In other classes the Diamond Sculls, the Ladies' Plate, the Silver Goblets for pairs, and the other events that are rowed for at Henley, carry the same prestige. Mr. Wansbrough. who gives the talk. has had much experience of the Henley course, for in 1925-the year in which he stroked Cambridge in the Boat Race—he rowed for the Granta crew, and this year he rows for Leander in the Grand.
Conducted by Capt. W. A. FEATHERSTONE
Roy HENDERSON (Baritone) 8.20 SANDY ROWAN (Scottish Comedian)
IN the first song (from the cycle entitled
Songs of the Sea) we have not only the celebration of the pride and glory of the men of Devon in Drake's day, but a note of more recent history-a reference, in the last verse, to the battle of Waggon Hill (South Africa,
January 6th, 1900); the poet imagines Drake turning again from his long rest to bring victory to his men of Devon.
MASEFIELD'S ballad of the man who ' must go down to the sea again ' has attracted several
Composers. Of all the settings John Ireland's seems best to achieve (in the last line of each verse) the sense of longing that the poem expresses —the longing to answer the ' wild call ... that may not be denied.'
THE LITTLE ADMIRAL celebrates th glory of the man in supreme command.
Sometimes tho admiral to his admiring men. ' hardly seemed a mortal like the rest ' ; and once, the seaman sings, ' when hope sank under us,'
' I could swear he had stars upon his uniform, And one sleeve pinned across his breast.'
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JOSEPHINE Trix (Syncopated Songs)
FIRTH and ScoTT-in a medley of Old-time Music
CLAPHAM and DWYER (Entertainers)
SYDNEY NESBITT and KEL KEECH who will compere and give ten minutes of Light Duets with Ukulele accompaniment