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Mr. HUGH Thomas : ' Lavender Water
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UNLIKE some of the unknown workers, described by Mr. Hugh Thomas , the lavender grower has a permanent market for his produce. Lavender ca,ne to England from the shores of the Mediterranean in the days of Elizabeth, and- is cultivated commercially in Surrey; Hertfordshire, and Kent. Mr. Thomas describes the work on a lavender farm in Kent, where oil of lavender is distilled and constant skilled attention paid to improving the strain.


Mr. Hugh Thomas
Mr. Hugh Thomas

LT.-COL. JOHN BUCHAN , novelist, historian, soldier, politician, and sportsman, has been fortunate enough, as he says, to have been born and bred in the shadow of the Scott tradition. In his recent life of Scott ho has attempted a valuation of the man and his work after the lapse of a hundred years. It was said of Scott that he reminded the Scotland of his time of things that should never have been forgotten, and it is peculiarly fitting that the most popular Scots writer of today should perform a similar office for his great predecessor.


Lt.-Col. John Buchan

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(Section C)
(Led by F. Weist HILL)
Conducted by PERCY PITT
WHEN Beethoven at the age of twenty-two left Bonn for ever and adopted Vienna as his future home he had shown great promise but little achievement. The only orchestral work that it was for a long time thought he had written up to this time was the Bitter-ballet.
Incidentally, Mozart at the same age had already written thirty-six symphonies as well as some twenty-eight operas, cantatas, and masses. Schubert at a like age also had almost a life's work to show. Beethoven's genius was to develop slowly and normally. However, it is now proved that he had in fact written one symphony ; this is the one known as the Jena, from the fact that it was discovered in 1909 amongst music of the Academy Concerts in Jena, an organization that had been formed when Beethoven was a boy. Only the orchestral parts were found, but the evidence is declared to be indisputable that the symphony is a youthful composition of Beethoven. It had its first performance in London at Queen's Hall some twenty years ago.
' We are not of Alice, nor of thee, nor are we children at allWe are nothing ; than nothing, and dreams. We are only what might have been.
THESE two pieces for small orchestra arc as delicate and wistful as the essay of Charles Lamb which inspired them. They were written early in the century at a time succeeding that when Elgar was writing such striking works as the Enigma Variations, The Dream of Geronlius, and the Cockaigne Overture.


F. Weist
Conducted By:
Percy Pitt
Charles Lamb

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