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Leader, Frank Thomas
Conducted by Mansel Thomas
Ceredig Jones (baritone)
Cherubini, born in Florence in 1760, lived to the great age of eighty-two. In the important development which music underwent during those years he had a considerable share, particularly with regard to church and theatre music.
The opera Ali Baba , though not completed until 1833, when the composer was seventy-three, is actually a revised version of Koukourgi which was written forty


Frank Thomas
Conducted By:
Mansel Thomas
Ceredig Jones
Ali Baba

Elizabeth Mooney (soprano)
Philharmonic String Quartet:
Charles Bye (violin) ; James Soutter (violin) ; Horace Ayckbourn (viola) ;
Frederick Alexander (violoncello)
Haydn and Dittersdorf were on very intimate terms, for, as the latter tells us in his memoirs, ' whenever we heard a new piece, we went through it carefully together, doing justice to all that was good and criticising what was bad in it '. It is interesting to note that Stephen Storace , the English opera composer, once gave a musical evening while on a visit to Vienna, and one of the chief items was a performance of a quartet of strings which consisted of Haydn (first violin), Dittersdorf , Mozart (viola), and Wanhal
-Of Dittersdorf's numerous string quartets, six were re-issued in 1866. No. 1, in E flat, is a bright, vivacious little work and very characteristic of the composer's style.


Elizabeth Mooney
James Soutter
Horace Ayckbourn
Frederick Alexander
Stephen Storace

Departure of H.M. Yacht Victoria and Albert from Portsmouth Dockyard
The Salute from the Fleet
Observers will be stationed:
In H.M.S. Nelson:
The Foretop
Lt.-Commander T. WOODROOFFE
The Forecastle
Commander D. A. STRIDE
At South Railway Jetty:
Lt.-Commander G. V. KNIGHT
The broadcast will start from H.M.S. Nelson, the flagship of Admiral Sir Roger Backhouse , Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet; and Lieutenant-Commander Woodrooffe will describe to listeners the imposing picture he will look out on -- the Home Fleet, the Reserve Fleet, the Mediterranean Fleet, representative ships of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, as well as fourteen foreign warships, all anchored in eight lines stretching for a distance of six miles from Lee-on-Solent to No Man's Land Fort, and filling an area of the whole water from Hampshire to the Isle of Wight.
Then listeners will be taken over to the Southern Railway jetty at Portsmouth to hear about the departure of the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert. Directly she comes out of Portsmouth harbour they will be taken back to the Nelson to hear the salute of the Fleet. The broadcast will end as she starts on her long journey of twelve miles round the lines.
At about 4.50 she will have been round the Fleet and will be passing the Nelson. Listeners will hear the flagship of the Home Fleet cheering as she returns to her moorings. At approximately 5.35 the Fleet Air Arm will fly over the Royal Yacht.

H.M. the King will review the fleet at Spithead today. The scene will be described in commentaries at 2.50, 4.50, and 5.35-starting with the departure of the Royal Yacht, Victoria and Albert, from Portsmouth Dockyard and concluding with the fly past of the Fleet Air Arm. Also in the Regional programme tonight at 10.45 the illumination of the fleet will be described. The picture below shows the Royal Yacht passing down the lines at the Jubilee Review in 1935. For further details see page 7.


D. A. Stride
Sir Roger Backhouse

Sixth visit to this popular theatre
Broadcasts from the Palace of Varieties are so popular and frequent that it is hard to believe that the theatre is entirely imaginary. Once again listeners will hear a first-rate programme which will be discussed as usual by two visitors in the stalls.
John Rorke will give some of his rollicking chorus songs. Warden and West, new to the microphone, will impersonate Biddy and Fanny, two dames so well known to visitors to the Windmill Theatre. Rossi, the boy virtuoso accordion player who has been appearing at the Palladium, will make his radio debut. Mabel Constanduros will tell of a ' Cycling Courtship'. George Jackley , the popular comedian associated with Lyceum pantomimes, will broadcast for the first time. James Stephenson will give George R. Sims 's station master story, with effects by Reginald Foort at the BBC Theatre Organ.
The Radio Ramblers, new to the microphone, are a discovery of Ernest Longstaffe 's. They are three young men who are extraordinarily clever at giving impressions, from Claude Dampier and Ronald Frankau to the Astaires.
Last, but not least, Joe Young and Company will appear in Buying a Theatre.


John Rorke
Mabel Constanduros
George Jackley
James Stephenson
George R. Sims
Reginald Foort
Ernest Longstaffe
Claude Dampier
Ronald Frankau
Joe Young

Cliches and Public Discussions
J. D. Woodruff
This evening's broadcast will be given by J. D. Woodruff , who will talk about the vocabulary of public life and discussion. He will show how certain words and phrases which used to be official are now in daily use, and contrast the form and tone of present-day public utterances with those of earlier generations. His talk will cover the language of Whitehall as well as that of Westminster and Fleet Street, and an amusing feature will be the deliberate introduction, without comment, of three well worn cliches, which listeners are invited to detect.


J. D. Woodruff
J. D. Woodruff

Pianoforte Concerto in C minor
(K. 491)
1 Allegro. 2 Larghetto. 3 Allegretto played by Victor Hely-Hutchinson
The BBC Midland Orchestra
Leader, Alfred Cave
Conducted by Leslie Heward
With an Introduction by Eric Blom
(From Birmingham)


Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Conducted By:
Leslie Heward
Eric Blom

Mass in D
Isobel Baillie (soprano)
Mary Jarred (contralto)
Eric Greene (tenor)
William Parsons (bass)
The BBC Choral Society
The BBC Orchestra
(Section D)
Led by Marie Wilson
Conducted by Leslie Woodgate
Kyrie Gloria
Agnus Dei


Eric Greene
William Parsons
Marie Wilson
Conducted By:
Leslie Woodgate

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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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