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There is no busier time of the year for a gardener, and though hedges and ornamental deciduous trees require trimming, shrubs and bushes staking and tying, though gladioli and hardy biennials wait to be planted and perennials to be divided, it is to the kitchen garden that all hands must be rushed.
The pruning of fruit trees must be finished ; potatoes must be put in-a labour of Hercules. Main crops of peas, Windsor beans, parsnips, carrots must be sown. Leeks along with onions-the young onions to be drawn for spring salads, the leeks to stand. Mustard and cress with a sheet of glass to assist germination ; radishes white and red ; early lettuce in sheltered corners. Then there are cabbages and artichokes to be planted out, night sentries of soot to be posted against raids by slugs, and a hundred and one other things requiring immediate attention.
Whether you're a head gardener with labour reduced to half a man and a boy through financial crisis at the Manor, or whether you're owner, gardener and boy yourself, you're lost without method.
This evening Mr. C. H. Mid dleton is to devote his talk to the kitchen garden-to method, sowing and planting, roots and seeds, soil and nourishment, protection ; in short, to all the things belonging to March.


Mr. C. H. Mid

under the direction of EDWARD J. DENT
At the organ, BERKELEY MASON
Chandos Anthem, 0 Praise the Lord
6. Soprano solo : God's tender mercy 7a. Chorus : Ye boundless realms of joy
7b. Chorus : Your voices raise
Coronation Anthem, Zadok the priest i. Chorus : Zadok the priest
2. Chorus: And all the people rejoic'd
3. Chorus : God save the King

Conducted by LESLIE HEWARD
A Mussorgsky Programme In 1873, Victor Hartmann, a well-known architect and painter, member of Balikirev's circle, and close friend of Stassov, the critic, and Mussorgsky, died at the early age of thirty-nine. Mussorgsky was deeply upset and in the following year when Stassov arranged an exhibition of Hartmann's water colours and drawings, he was moved to compose a cycle of ten piano pieces based on various subjects from Hartmann's pictures. These he entitled ' Pictures from an Exhibition '. , Mussorgsky appears to have been highly stimulated with the idea, for in a letter to Stassov, to whom the work is dedicated, he says : ' Hartmann is bubbling over, just as Boris Godonov did. Ideas, melodies, come to me of their own accordI can hardly manage to put it all down on paper fast enough '. One of these ideas was an introduction under the title of Promenade, which represents the spectator walking through the exhibition, and as he moves on from one picture to another a modified version of it reappears. Mussorgsky was particularly pleased with these ' promenades ' and asserted that his ' own physiognomy peeps out all through ' them. It is indeed curious that ' Pictures from an Exhibition ' was not conceived as an orchestral work by the composer, since the music and most of the programmatic subjects demand orchestral treatment to do them justice. Nevertheless, it is not until one has compared the original piano solo with Ravel's orchestral version, made at the request of Koussevitsky in 1922, that one realises the great understanding and imagination that went to the making of the latter. In some of the numbers Ravel uses the full resources of the modern orchestra, in others a mere handful of instruments with which he secures the most masterly and striking effect.


Laurance Turner
Conducted By:
Leslie Heward

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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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