THE COMMODORE GRAND ORCHESTRA
Under the direction of JOSEPH MUSCANT
Relayed from The COMMODORE THEATRE,
ALICE LILLEY (Soprano)
FREDERIC GREGORY (Baritone)
At THE ORGAN of THE REGAL, MARBLE ARCH
Col. F. R. Durham , C.B.E., M.C.
(Arranged after consultation with tho Royal
Sir GEORGE NEWMAN , K.C.B.: 'HealthâThe wisest Economy'
AT this time of financial difficulty, suggestions of any direction in which economies can bo effected are welcome, and Sir George Newman is pointing out a fact which may not have occurred to some listeners: that good health has amongst its many advantages that of saving a good deal of money. From this topical angle Sir George is giving his annual talk tonight on keeping well and fit. Sir George Newman , who is the Chief Medical Officer to the Ministry of Health and Board of Education, is a remarkable personality. It is he who is largely responsible for the vast improvements in national health and in the Public Health Service that have taken place during the past thirty years, ever since Ins publications on bacteriology at the beginning of the century. Prevention is bettor than Cure' is a fairly jaded maxim, but it is one which we cannot bear too constantly in mind, especially in matters of health- Sir George explains how best to apply this maxim.
1. WINNIE MELVILLE and DEREK OLDHAM
The popular musical comedy stars
2. GEORGE MOZART In'A Day at the Races' by CHRIS DAVIES and GEORGE
3. ALEC McGILL and GWEN VAUGHAN
The Cheerful Chatterers
4. MASTER GRAHAM PAYN
S. STANELLI and EDGAR
Comedy on two Violins
6. JAMES HUNTER
7. WINNIE MELVILLE and DEREK OLDHAM
8. MABEL CONSTANDUROS and MICHAEL HOGAN
'Mrs. Hamblett Records her Vote'
JACK PAYNE and his B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA will play throughout the programme
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL
THE WIRELESS CHORUS
Chorus Master, STANFORD ROBINSON
THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
ALTHOUGH Romeo and Juliet is no longer so often heard in full in this country as Gounod's Faust, it is a very good second to it in popular favour in many of the world's leading opera houses. It is indeed rich in the melodious grace and tenderness with which we expect Gounod to surround a congenial theme. Following the Shakespeare text pretty closely, it seizes si much on the two young people themselves for its situations that it has been rather scornfully spoken of as ' a love duet with interruptions.' Jt, made its first appearance at the Théâtre Lyrique, in Paris, at the end of April, 1867, and in July of the same year was given at Covent Garden.
London is not often so speedy in importing new masterpieces. It has been played many times since, and most of the great operatic artists have seized on the fine chances which it gives of showing off their gifts. Dame Melba, as music lovers remember wistfully, chose part of it for her farewell appearance at Covent Garden.
In the Prologue, the principal characters join with the chorus and orchestra to rehearse in brief the tragic story which is to unfold itself in five acts on the stage.
RICH as Scotland counts itself in its treasure of folk-song and story, it has produced comparatively little music for the stage or concert-room which is at all national in character.
Hamish MaeCunn , born in Greenoek in 1808, was one of the very first to give us both, and his untimely death in 1916 robbed the world of music of one from whom much was still looked for. Success came to him at an early age, and while ho was still in his 'teens he had two overtures played at the Crystal Palace Concerts-one of them, Land of the Mountain and the Flood, as popular today as it was astonishingly mature then to be the work of a student. Winner of a scholarship at the Royal College on its opening, he was a professor there at the ago of twenty-two. But, though he won distinction as a conductor, too. in music which ranged from Merrie England to Tristan-he directed the production in English of many of tho later Wagner works--it is for his own music that wo hold him in affection still. It, includes two serious operas, both produced with marked success, many lighter stage pieces, cantatas, orchestral works, part songs. songs and incidental music, almost all eloquent of the spirit of his own poetic country.
The Wreck of the Hesperus was produced, with elaborate pictorial illustrations. at tho London Coliseum, in 1905: it has never quite recovered from that début, though it is in no way the kind of music which needs adventitious aids.
AMBROSE and his ORCHESTRA, from THE
MAY FAIR HOTEL