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Leader, Philip Whiteway
Two days after the first performance of Berlioz's ' Harold in Italy ' Symphony, the solo viola part of which was played by Paganini, Paganini sent the composer a banker's order for 20,000 francs as an act of ' homage '. This gift released Berlioz from financial worry and consequently he devoted the best part of 1839 to the composition of a symphony, based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This dramatic symphony, scored 'for soloists, chorus and orchestra, is divided into seven sections, of which the scherzo is one of the most outstanding.
George Bizet wrote several operas before he made his great success with Carmen. Among the earlier of these was one entitled La Jolie Fille de Perth, founded on Sir Walter Scott 's novel ' The Fair Maid of Perth'. It was produced at Paris in December, 1867, but it was not very favourably received. Bizet, himself, was not particularly happy about it. He did not like the novel, but felt it was good material for operatic treatment. Such of the music that has survived is to be found in the ballet music, some of which was afterwards used in Carmen and has been considered part of that opera ever since.
The orchestral suite Scenes bohemiennes consists of four of the best numbers in the opera, which are full of fine melodies scored with delicate and brilliant effect.


E. Godfrey Brown
George Bizet
Sir Walter Scott

' Tattenham Corner'
Legend dies hard. It is still said that the only jockey able to ride Diamond Jubilee, the horse who would walk a hundred yards on his hind legs, was the colt's stable lad. But Herbert Jones , though he was comparatively unknown, had actually ridden forty or fifty winners. Diamond Jubilee brought him fame. He rode him to victory in the Guineas and the Derby of 1900 for King Edward, who was then Prince of Wales.
He rode King Edward's third Derby winner, Minoru, in 1909, and the last horse of his to win a race-Witch of the Air, who won at Kempton Park a few hours before the King died. He also rode the first winner for King George V -a two-year-old called Pintadeau that won the Fitzwilliam Stakes at the Don-caster Spring meeting of 1911. Surely, no great jockey could more appropriately give a sports talk at this period between Jubilee and Derby than that incomparable horseman, H. Jones.


Herbert Jones
H. Jones.

in 'Bitter Sweet'
A Romantic Operetta by Noel Coward
Adapted for the Microphone by HENRIK EGE with SERGE ABRANOVIC and BETTY HUNTLEY-WRIGHT
In addition to the principal players, whose names are given in the centre of the page, other parts will be played as follows :-
Hon. Hugh Devon (JOHN CHEATLE ); Mrs. Millick (ELAINE INESCORT); Lady Devon (WINIFRED DAVIES ); Vincent Howard (ALBERT ARLEN); Mr. Proutie (PHILIP DESBOROUGH); Herr Schlick (DIMITRI VETTER ) ; Fritz (HECTOR ABBAS ) ; Margaret, Lady Devon (DOROTHY TETLER ); Butler (STANLEY VINE); Pianist
An article on Evelyn Laye , together with her own views on 'Bitter Sweet', will be found on page 7
'Bitter Sweet' was broadcast in the Regional programme last night


Noel Coward
Serge Abranovic
Hugh Devon
John Cheatle
Winifred Davies
Vincent Howard
Herr Schlick
Dimitri Vetter
Hector Abbas
Dorothy Tetler
Evelyn Laye

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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