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BAND THIS is the Overture to an unpretentious
Operetta, The Return from Abroad, which
Mendelssohn composed to celebrato his parents' silver wedding anniversary. After his death, the Operetta was published under the title Son and Stranger, and by this name tho Overture is generally known. Mendelssohn was not satisfied that one work merely should celebrate the happy occasion. Ho planned to have performed also an earlier little work of his own, and another, written by his sister Fanny, who also was a clever musician. The Return from Abroad was never produced in public during his lifetime, for he felt that this little tokon of his overflowing affection for his parents ought not to be made common property ; besides, it was full of allusions to homely events, the pleasant intimato jokes that circulate and are enjoyed in all good-humoured family circles, but that cannot fully be appreciated by outsiders. The Overture is a quite independent piece, containing no themes from the Operetta. It opens with a slow section, after which comes a swift, sunny Movement, the First Main Tune bounding off in a moment in the cheeriest style. The Second Tune, in contrast, trips lightly along. These two melodies are treated quite simply with all Mendelssohn's native gaiety and charm, and so the Overture runs to its close, bubbling over with happiness.

Prayer,' by Mr. H. M. GOOCH
EVERY year since 1846 the World's Evangelical
Alliance has ushered in tho New Year by organizing a universal week of prayer, and many churches, missionary societies, and religious bodies in all the countries of Europe and in the other continents of the world co-operate to make it deserve its name. In the British Isles alone, twenty Bishops have signed the annual invitation this year. Mr. Gooch has been General Secretary of the Alliance (British Organization) since 1904.

Relayed from Holy Trinity Church, Folkestone

Order of Service:
Hymn, 'Earth has many a noble city' (A. and M., 76)
Confession and Lord's Prayer
Psalm 80
Lesson, St. Luke xv, verses 11 to the end.
Hymn, 'Fierce raged the tempest' (A. and M., 285)
Address by the Rev. W.H. Elliott
Hymn, 'Father, let me dedicate (A.and M., 74)
Vesper, 'Oh Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life '

Listeners will remember many previous broadcasts from Holy Trinity, Folkestone,; whose Vicar, the Rev. W.H. Elliott, is a Six Preacher of Canterbury Cathedral and Chaplain to the King.

Appeal on behalf of tho National King's Roll, by Admiral Sir HENRY BRUCE
THE King's Roll was instituted by the King in 1919, when employers throughout the British
Isles were asked to employ a certain minimum! percentage of disabled ex-Service men. The! scheme is administered by a National Council, whose chairman is Earl Haig , and there are local committees in the big towns. It was 0110 ofi these-the Westminster Committee-that inaugurated the King's Roll Clerks' Association scheme, on Armistice Day, 1925, to train men whose disabilities, amounting on tho pension scale to fifty per cent. or more. prevent their following normal occupations. 182 such disabled men have passed through the Association, and been sent out as general clerks, in the two years of its work.
Offers of employment, as well as contributions, should be addressed to [address removed]

THE WIRELESS CHORUS WRITING to his friend and benefactor, Mme. von
Meek, in 1880, Tchaikovsky said that his Muse had been very benevolent, for he had written two long works very rapidly. One was the '1812' Overture, of which he said: 'It has n3 great artistic value ' ; the other was the Serenade in C (his Op. 48), which, he says, on the contrary, I wrote from an inward impulse ; I felt it.' It was one of the works ho eonducted in London in 1888, when ho was paying his first visit to this country. The Serenade contains four
Movements-a piece in ' First Movement' form, with themes of an old-world cast ; a Waltz ; an Elegy; and a Finale based on folk-tunes, ono a hauling song of the Volga boatmen, and the other a street song. ARTHUR CRANMER with Piano

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