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THE popularity of rowing goes beyond the Boat Race, beyond the local excitements of Oxford and Cam-bridge. It extends to Henley, Mar-low, and many other Thames-side regattas, to thousands of water carnivals on English rivers. But the tradition of rowing springs from the Public Schools and the Universities, and of late years has been the subject of long and hitter controversy. The new tradition of the ' Jesus style,' and its many modifications, supported by new influences from the Dominions, the Continent, and America, has challenged persistently the old tradition associated with Eton and Trinity. The rival followers fight an interminable battle on and off the water. Mr. G. 0. Nickalls, an old Oxford blue, explains the points of the controversy and their influence on rowing everywhere today.

(Section C)
(Led by F. WEIST HILL )
Conducted by PERCY PITT
NORA GRUHN (Soprano)
ÉTIENNE HENRI MÉHUL , at the age of sixteen, was present at the first performance of Iphigenia in Tauris in 1779. He was passionately moved by the music, told Gluck so, and received from that grout man both advico and instruction. On that base Mehul subsequently built a reputation as an opera composer of very great distinction. It is difficult to understand why we hear so little of Mehul today, but it may be that digging operations have not yet reached the place where Mehul's treasures lie buried a little beneath the surface. Mehul has been called the Mozart of France ; what he learnt from Gluck ho applied to the regeneration of opéra-comique, and he is known to have written twenty-four operas in about seventeen years, all of them highly successful. But this was only part of all he composed. His most important opera, perhaps, was Joseph; the one work that has been revived, at least so far as England ia concerned. Sir Thomas Beecham staged it some years ago.
GIUSEPPI MARTUCCI , a well-known Italian pianist in the latter half of the last century, came to England on a European tour in 1875. He was well received, and stayed here some months, long enough, at any rate. to get to know something of English music, for later on, when he took to orchestral conducting, he made a habit of including several English works in his programmes, those of Parry and Stanford amongst others. The compliment has occasionally been returned. Ho had a symphony performed at the Royal College, and a trio at St. James's Hall, but, considering that his compositions aro very numerous, it can scarcely be maintained that the return is entirely adequate.


F. Weist Hill
Conducted By:
Percy Pitt
Nora Gruhn
Étienne Henri Méhul
Sir Thomas Beecham
Giuseppi Martucci

A Radio Rubber in Thirteen Quick Tricks
Two noted humorists have collaborated in the composition of this new musical show - Ashley Sterne, well known for his mockery of Radio Times programmer, and A. A. Thomson. Bridge terms provide the inspiration for all the songs and sketches; all the thirteen items are linked, and their basic idea established, by the announcement of the appropriate bridge term. The 'book' is full of amusing lines, and reaches great heights in the commentary on a 'tough' Bridge Championship match in Chicago; the music is fresh, original, and very tuneful. 'Grand Slam' keeps close to its theme throughout, makes good use of production facilities and should provide first-class entertainment. George Baker, the well-known baritone, heads a strong cast.


Ashley Sterne
A. A. Thomson
George Baker

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National Programme is a radio channel that started transmitting on the 9th March 1930 and ended on the 9th September 1939. It was replaced by BBC Home Service.

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