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Victor Young and his Orchestra:
You're an old smoothie (Nice Goings On)
Gertrude Lawrence : The Physician
(Nymph Errant) (Cole Porter)
Ray Noble and his Orchestra : Couple of Fools (Give me a Ring)
Olive Groves (soprano) : I live for
Love (Ball at the Savoy) (Abraham, Hammerstein)
Mary Ellis (soprano), with Chorus and Orchestra of His Majesty's Theatre, conducted by Hyam Greenbaum : I'm alone; The Song is you ; I've told every little star (Music in the Air)
The Comedy Harmonists : Night and Day (Gay Divorce) (Cole Porter)
Leo Reisman and his Orchestra :
Louisiana Hayride and Hoops (Please)


Victor Young
Gertrude Lawrence
Ray Noble
Mary Ellis
Conducted By:
Hyam Greenbaum
Leo Reisman

Mr. H.G. Wells

Beginning last autumn, several series of talks with a unified purpose behind them have been broadcast in the National Programme, and talks in this section are still to go on. Distinguished speakers, each a specialist in his own particular line, have been taking stock as it were: examining the past glories of Britain, looking frankly at our assets today; and comparing, all with an eye on the future. Under various headings a wide range of subjects has been appraised: the British Empire; Some British Institutions; National Character; Rural Britain; Scientific Research and Social Needs; Music; Poetry and Prose from Chaucer down to the present day.

And now, in the Whither Britain? series commencing this evening, comes the climax of all this 'Taking Stock'. Past and Present have been brought to the microphone and been put under the microscope; the time has come to look into the future. And what prophet among our great men can more fittingly make the first broadcast than the writer so many of whose prophecies, made a generation ago, have come true; whose Utopias rest on serious social thinking; and who is the outstanding imaginative writer of our time?


H.G. Wells

(Section C)
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
STILES-ALLEN (soprano)
Overture, The Marriage of Camacho
(Op. 10)
Andante for Strings from Op. 81
Concert Aria, Infelice (Op. 94)
Andante from Symphony No. I in C minor (Op. 11)
Scherzo in G minor from Octet (Op. 20) orchestrated for use with Symphony No. I
The Trumpet Overture (Op. 101)
An Avowal
The First Violet
Swedish Winter Song A Bird is softly singing
Finale from Symphony No. 5 (The
DURING the last two or three years there has been a welcome sign of interest in Mendelssohn's music outside the half-a-dozen works that have retained a permanent place in the repertory. This progress of the lesser-known works of Mendelssohn offers several delightful tit-bits.
The overture ' The Marriage of Camacho ' written at the age of sixteen, is a very charming work and is, in fact, the best part of the opera which unfortunately suffers from a weak libretto based on an episode from Don Quixote. When it was produced at Berlin it ran for one night only.
Very different was the success of the Symphony No. I in C minor, composed a year earlier. A contemporary paper after the first performance reported that it ' has at once obtained for him a reception and reared a name more than sufficient to gratify that proud ambition and that devoted ardour which have led him to cultivate the science with such laborious perseverance and such singular success '. Among the four movements ' so excellent in all. the qualities of graceful, soothing, sweet, airy, and fanciful melody, sustained with an unfailing energy throughout, it may almost be thought superfluous to give a preference '. The C minor Symphony was the first of Mendelssohn's works to be performed in London. When he came here four years later, he made, however, one important alteration and that was to substitute a scherzo for the original minuet. This scherzo he selected from the String Octet and orchestrated it. For* rich sonority and magnificent writing for the strings this scherzo is one of the finest that he ever wrote.
The ' Reformation ' Symphony was composed in 1830 in celebration of the tercentenary year of the Augsburg Protestant Confession, which, however, was cancelled after Mendelssohn had written his Symphony. Unlike, his other symphonies, this work is very much more serious in aim and staid in style, but none the less effective and beautifully written. The Finale is particularly specialised in style and is based upon a Lutheran hymn, which, at the end of the movement, is given out by the full orchestra with great power and majesty.


Marie Wilson
Conducted By:
Joseph Lewis
Don Quixote.

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