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Directed by HENRY HALL
(All Nationals except Daventry)

5.15 The Children's Hour
Children's Songs by Sir Frederic Cowen, sung by OLIVE STURGESS with THE COMPOSER at the Piano, including a 'Stern' Story (The Tale of a Puppy) — Kingfisher — Mother --- When you go to Fairyland --- Good Night
A Story of the Jungle by Mary Grant Bruce, read by MAC
17.40 'Here and There', a summary of the Week's News, by Commander


Directed By:
Henry Hall
Songs By:
Sir Frederic Cowen
Sung By:
Olive Sturgess
Mary Grant Bruce
Stephen King-Hall

A new series featuring British Composers of Popular Music

This evening's song writer 'on parade' is one of the characters and personalities of Bohemian London. Raconteur and humorist, doyen of the Savage Club, Herman Finck was in music from his birth.
As a lad of fourteen he was playing in a theatre orchestra. He was associated with the Palace Theatre from its opening in 1892, and was successively pianist, violinist, leader, and sub-conductor. He was appointed sole musical director in 1900, and held the position for twelve years. In 1919 he was musical director of the Queen's Theatre, and of Drury Lane in 1922. Among his most popular compositions was 'In the Shadows', while arrangements by him that will be remembered are 'Pot-Pourri' and 'Melodious Memories'. He was composer of The Passing Show at the Palace,
Around the Map and Vanity Fair. He wrote the incidental music to Decameron, Nights, and conducted Rose Marie.
He tells a good story of himself in the early days of the war. He was driving down the Finchley Road on his way to rehearsal when his taxi was held up by some troops on the march. He was just beginning to get impatient when the words of the song they were singing were carried to him. It was his own Recruiting Song from Passing Show. He forgot to be angry.


Rose Marie.

' The Substitute ', by JAMES LAVER
JAMES LAVER is a man of letters and an expert on design who has lately gained wider fame as the author of a remarkable novel that has been a great success on the stage. He has been Assistant Keeper of the Victoria and Albert Museum since 1922, and has published a ' History of British and American Etching', and books on ' Nineteenth Century Costume ', ' Whistler ', and 'Eighteenth Century Costume On the other hand, he translated The Circle of Chalk, which was produced by Basil Dean in 1928, and his novel ' Nymph Errant ' was recently staged in a notable production by C. B. Cochran. Listeners will remember an interesting broadcast of his dramatic poem ' Macro-cosmos ' a few years ago.
The story is to be read by Patric Curwen , who also read Peter Fieming 's ' Ace High ' in this scries. He has a particularly fine microphone voice and has had much experience in the theatre, and, more recently, of broadessting. It will be remembered that he very successfully took the part of Major-General Gore in the last broadcast of Red Tabs.


James Laver
James Laver
Albert Museum
Produced By:
Basil Dean
Production By:
C. B. Cochran.
Read By:
Patric Curwen
Peter Fieming

National Programme Daventry

About National Programme

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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