The Station Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
4.45 Oxen-Ploughing Songs
Major C.J. Evans, T.D.
by Dorothy D'Orsay (Contralto) and Frederick Woodhouse (Baritone).
A Radio Play in One Scene.
Played by The Station Radio Players
Jim and Margery hide together in a cupboard in the attic of a country house during an old festive game of hide-and-seek.
They are isolated from the rest of the party and find themselves shut in. Unfortunately. Jim sneers at Margery's high-brow taste in literature and reveals the fact that she has previously reviled him for having no taste at all. Love, which laughs at locksmiths comes in and helps them to come out.
Time: An evening during Christmastime.
Frank Thomas (Violin), Ronald Harding (Violoncello), Hubert Pengelly (Pianoforte)
A Play in One Act by Laurence Housman.
Played by The Station Radio Players
Pierrot steals weary and woebegone into a dim, narrow street late on Christmas Eve. He leans against the wall of a dilapidated house which stands desolately between the blink walls of factories; Christmas bells a little out of tune are still chiming out the tag-end of a Christmas hymn and a policeman witlr his bull's-eye lantern patrols the street. There is an occasional slow cough from the house, the querulous cough of old age. And between the policeman and the crabbed old man, Pierrot feels discouraged and out of his element, but the moon and Santa Claus take a hand in the business, to the mystification of the policeman and the old man.
(9.30 Local Announcements)
Relayed from the Little Theatre, Citizen House Bath.
Played by The Citizen House Players
Songs by Beta Tudor (Contralto)
A Family now living in Citizen House, a famous ducal mansion, which was originally built for the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos in 1727, by the architect Wood.
The Family consists of:-
They are at dinner on Christmas Day when the Father suggests that the children should tell tales to illustrate the tokens they have - found in their plum pudding, the ring, thimble, etc; Scene II gives a picture of their home in the 18th century and is called 'The Ghostly Ball', and Scene III describes Christmas in Bath during the 15th century.
The hospitality and prodigality of the Duke of Buckingham were renowned throughout England during the 18th century, and to his house came all the famous people in Bath to take part in the celebrated Christmas Ball. The central figure is James, Earl of Strathmore, across whom falls some hint of the tragedy of Glamis.
Love-making, duels, carousing, mirth and tragedy form the theme of 'The Ghostly Ball,' which terminates as a phantom clock sounds the grey hour of 4 a.m.
(Note. - The incidental music arranged by Mr. B.N. Maslen will be a great feature of this scene. In addition to various compositions by great 18th century Masters, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, many of whom were guests at Citizen House, the programme will include much period music from MSS. and books in the possession of the Civic library but unobtainable in modern editions.)
The 15th century festivities at Christmastide are in full swing, such as the Wassail Bowl, Bearing Home the Yule Log, the Game of the Silver Piece, the Legend of the Turkish Knight and the Banquet of the Boar's Head.
Note.-The historical accuracy of the ceremonies has been the subject of considerable research, and they are accompanied by Instrumental and Vocal music of the period.
The last sounds of the Mummers' party have died away and the 20th century family comes back to the microphone to talk over the old customs, while Michael declares that they have had 'all the Christmasses rolled into one', and then Father summons the whole family to the most popular Yuletide Revel of all - the Christmas Tree.