Directed by JOSEPH MUSCANT
From THE COMMODORE
Conductor, Leslie Woodgate
Gwladys Naish (Soprano)
Sir Julius Benedict, though counted as among our English composers, was really a German who made his home with us. He occupied a leading place in the Victorian world of music; for about forty years he was looked up to as one of its leaders.
Remembered now almost wholly by his opera, The Lily of Killarney, he won several successes, not only in that direction, but in sacred oratorios and cantatas. He left besides some purely orchestral music which is still occasionally played.
These brilliant concert variations on the well-known 'Carnival of Venice' air were long among his most popular drawing-room pieces.
Few modern English composers of light and graceful music have earned our gratitude more fully than John Ansell, who was for some years the popular conductor of the London Wireless Orchestra, before the B.B.C. Orchestra was formed. Although in every way a thoroughly equipped musician, who is at home in the most serious realms of music, he has no great sympathy with any of the ultra-modern tendencies, nor with music of sombre and gloomy purport. He would have music bring more brightness into the daily round, and his own is all fresh and wholesome. The subjects he chooses are many and varied; but whether it be the merriment of children, the sea and ships, dances or shoes, he always leaves his hearer with a happy sense that the world is not so dull a place as he may have thought.
At THE ORGAN of THE REGAL, MARBLE ARCH
Week in the Garden' (arranged after consultation with the Royal Horticultural Society)
Mr. A. P. L. GORDON
ELSIE and DORIS WATERS
STUART ROSS and JOE SAR-
Will sing throughout the Programme
JACK PAYNE and his B.B.C.
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL NEWS BULLETIN
9.15 Shipping Forecast; New York Stock Market Report
9.29 The Plant,' by John Newton Chance, road by Mr. DEREK MCCULLOCH
THIS story was to have been read two months ago; but it has been twice postponed to give space for talks in connection with the General Election. It was explained in these pages that John Newton Chance, an author new to the microphone, is a disciple of A. J. Alan , and has captured much of that famous and mysterious raconteur's faculty of gripping the listener's attention. It will be remembered that he contributed an article to The Radio Times n few weeks ago. The story is being read by Derek McCulloch, widely known as 'Uncle Mac' of the Children's Hour.
THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
BORN in Paris, the Baron Frederic d'Erlanger studied both literature and music there, and has won notable successes in both directions. For a number of years he has made his home in London, taking a keen interest in its artistic doings ; he is one of the Directors of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He has composed much, in larger as well as in smaller forms ; listeners cannot have forgotten the broadcast last year of his opera Tess, founded on the Hardy novel. That. has been played in many of the world's great opera houses; London hoard it in 1909, at Covent Garden, with Emmy Destinn in the principal role. This year, too, a profound impression was made by the first broadcast of his Mass for solo voices and orchestra.
T IKE another illustrious Sir Edward, German showed his interest in music at an early age by organizing and conducting a local band in his native town, arranging, and even composing, most of the music which they played. But after some years at the Royal Academy of Music, first as a student and afterwards as professor, the theatre claimed much of his attention, and the music which ho has writton for many of the Shakespeare plays, has had a large share in making him the popular composer he is. His own two operas, Merrie England and A Princess of Kensington, leave no room for doubt as to the direction in which his genius has found its happiest expression. These, like his orchestral music, are typically English, embodying all that is best in the English spirit and tradition.
The Theme and Six Diversions, although not ostensibly on any English subject, are easily recognizable as akin to his popular dances, and several of the Variations are actual dance tunes. The Theme is introduced by a brief prelude in which the same tune is heard in a slightly altered form, suggesting the Dorian mode. It is itself a very straightforward tuno, and though the Diversions are wprked out with great interest and variety, their kinship with the tuno is never lost sight of. Throughout the fourth, and at the beginning of the sixth, the theme is heard almost in its original guise...
AMBROSE and his ORCHESTRA, from
THE MAY FAIR HOTEL