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5.15 The Children's Hour
'The Waterways of England' - No. 2
'The Romans on the Dee'
A play by L. du Garde Peach
The Dee of the Romans - that is to say. the Dee of Chester, not the Dee of Aberdeen - rises in Wales and flows out into the Irish Sea. At low tide the estuary is all sand, through which the river flows in a narrow channel. The danger of the sea rushing in was shown in Charles Kingsley's 'Sands of Dee'. The total length of the river is only seventy miles.
It was a sacred river to the Ancient Britons, and its name is derived from the word Duw - divine.
On the north bank of the river lies the City of Chester. Its medieval, red sandstone walls are built on the old Roman walls; for Chester was a Roman fortress from about A.D. 60, called Deva or Deva Legionis, owing to its being the headquarters of the famous Twentieth Legion, known as Valeria Victrix.
Along the river old Roman roads and Roman remains still exist, and this afternoon L. du Garde Peach will fill in the picture, and children will hear something about the men who lived and built and fought along the Dee for four hundred years.


L. du Garde Peach

(Section C)
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
NICHOLAS CATTY , teacher, critic and composer, is known to the public chiefly as a composer of operas. Audiences at the Old Vic have frequently heard one or two of them, such as Prince Ferelon, a one-act extravaganza, and The Tempest, a setting of Shakespeare's text in three acts. Before the War he had operatic successes with Greysteel and Duke or Devil, both one-act operas, produced by the Moody Manners Opera Company. This Overture is written, therefore, by a man who knows his way about the stage, and it will be found to diffuse the desired atmosphere of the theatre.


Laurance Turner
Conducted By:
Joseph Lewis
Nicholas Catty

FRANK MERRICK (pianoforte) EVELYN SCOTNEY Seventeenth Century Shepherd Songs (French):
ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT coloratura sopranos of our time, Evelyn Scotney hails, like a good many other great artists, from Australia. Dame Nellie Melba was one of the first to recognise her exceptional gifts, and carried her" off to Europe to study with Marchesi and Tosti. An engagement at the Boston Opera gave Madame Scotney her first chance, and a brilliantly successful debut in Lucia di Lammermoor induced the Metropolitan Opera of New York to secure her for that Mecca of opera-singers. There she quickly won herself a foremost position, sharing the affections of New York with such great people as Caruso. Tours throughout the States, Canada, Australia, and in this country have since then made her fame international; her first broadcast from a B.B.C. studio was at a Sunday Orchestral Concert in November, 1931, but, of course, she had been heard by listeners from Queen's Hall in the Promenade Concerts.
FRANK MERRICK , by now a very familiar name to listeners, has been a Pianoforte Professor at the Royal College of Music for twenty years. He gives occasional recitals, and one delightful form they take is when his wife joins him in pieces written for two pianos. It was Merrick who, four years ago, gained an award for his completion of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. He added two movements. As a soloist he has a very wide repertory. He has been heard often in the Foundations of ' Music, playing such things as the Haydn Sonatas. He is equally fine in music of the Romantic period, particularly in the works of Brahms ; but that does not display the whole of his sympathies, since this present recital includes pieces by Arnold Bax and Prokofiev, who represent two distinct aspects of the advanced music of today.


Evelyn Scotney
Frank Merrick
Evelyn Scotney
Madame Scotney
Frank Merrick
Arnold Bax

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