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Directed by CHARLES KUNZ
Relayed from Casani's Club
5.15 Daventry
The Children's Hour
' Jingling Johnnie'
A Play of the Peninsular War by Major J. T. GORMAN
With incidental music arranged or composed by ERIK HANSEN
Special accompaniment by a military band of the period conducted by CHARLES LEGGETT , including piano-accordion played by J. HANDS , and members of the WIRELESS MALE VOICE
THIS jolly little play deals with soldiers on active service at the time of the Peninsula War, and is based on an incident in the history of the Connaught Rangers. It has romance, action, the evei-humorous talk of Irish soldiers, and rollicking Irish songs.
As for the plot, Jascintha, the daughter of the Mayor, and the brave, handsome, dashing Drum-Major Nicholas Thorp fall in love with each other, and she disguises herself as one of the blackamoor cymbal boys, runs away from home, and follows the regiment. How her father seeks the aid of the Duke of Wellington and the Iron Duke discovers Jascintha's identity is revealed in the play, which you must follow to know why the Drum-Major is not put under close arrest.
The title is taken from the name of a Moorish staff, hung with bells, which the Connaught Rangers captured from the French. It takes an important part. A small band combination will play some Irish marches and songs of the period, specially arranged by Erik Hansen , and Charles Leggett will conduct.
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Directed By:
Charles Kunz
Major J. T. Gorman
Composed By:
Erik Hansen
Conducted By:
Charles Leggett
Played By:
J. Hands
Nicholas Thorp
Arranged By:
Erik Hansen
Arranged By:
Charles Leggett

Scene: In the Attic
Cast in order of appearance:
Marcello, a painter
Conductor, Gino MARINUZZI
Relayed from the Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden
PUCCINI'S Bohemians, taken from Murger's novel of Paris life, were Colline, the great philosopher ; Marcel, the great painter ; Rudolph, the great poet, and Schaunard, the great musician-inseparable comrades. At their favourite haunt, the Cafe Momus, they were known as ' the four Musketeers '.
The scene of Act I is the garret which they share. It is Christmas Eve and bitterly cold ; there is no fue! for their stove. Marcel offers to burn his picture, ' The Crossing of the Red Sea', but Colline and Rudolph object that the smell would be too unpleasant, and Rudolph nobly sacrifices the manuscript of a tragedy, burning it act by act. As its feeble warmth vanishes, errand-boys come in with food, drink and fuel, followed by Schaunard, who is in funds ; he has found a generous patron.
They proceed to toast each other in the unlooked-for wine, when their landlord, Benoit, appears to demand his overdue rent. They make him drink with them and chaff him, turning him out half tipsy, and then Schaunard insists that the occasion demands a festive mea! at the cafe.
Rudolph has an article he must write and stays behind, promising, as the others go out, to follow soon. It is then that Mimi enters, a pale and fragile girl, who introduces herself as a neighbour, asking for a light for her candle. Rudolph and she are at once attracted to one another. ' Your tiny hand is frozen ', he sings, and ' They call me Mimi ', she tells him-two of the best-known pieces of melody in the opera. The voices of the others are heard without, calling Rudolph to join them and, with Mimi's arm in his, they go out together, confessing their love for one another.


Chorus Master:
Robert Ainsworth
Rodolfo, a poet:
Dino Borgiolli
Colline, a philosopher:
Fernando Autori
Schaunard, a musician:
Aristide Baracchi
Benoit, a landlord:
Octave Dua
Elde Norena

JOAN COXON (soprano)
JAN SMETERLIN (pianoforte)
JAK SMETERLIN was bom in Bielsko, Poland. As is not uncommon with tha, nation of musicians, Smeterlin began his career as a child; at the age of eight he was appearing as solo pianist accompanied by an orchestra. In the eyes of his father, this looked ominous; the boy might conceivably grow up to be a genius, and geniuses, as is well, known, -make no money ; so he was set to study law. Young Jan thought otherwise, and, unknown to his father, competed for a scholarship at the Vienna Meisterschule and, having won it, settled in his own mind what he would be. His first intention was to become a conductor, but so admirable a pianist was he already, that his masters dissuaded him from his first intention and pinned him to a second-that of becoming a pianist. He was about to make his debut when the War intervened, and his public career dates actually from 1919.
Since then he has been acclaimed in every European country and in more than one continent. As a virtuoso his tastes are catholic ; naturally, being a Pole, he inclines to Chopin and his Chopin playing is, as listeners know, extraordinarily beautiful. But his sympathies are not confined to the romantic, or even to the classical schools. He is an ardent modernist and plays the music of his own generation with the understanding appreciation of a contemporary. It is significant that he is fluent in several languages, for his musical tastes are as fluent In as many idioms.

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