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World History: Constantine becomes a Christian
A dramatic interlude written for broadcasting by Rhoda Power
'I ask them whether they are Christians. If they say Yes, then I repeat the question a second and a third time, warning them of the penalties it entails, and if they still persist I order them to be taken away to prison...'
Last week listeners heard about the eruption of Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii, and they will remember that Pliny, then a young Roman, was present at the disaster and wrote a graphic account of it. Pliny in due course became an important Roman official, and one of his duties was to question those who were suspected of being Christians. The above is an extract from a letter he wrote to the Emperor Trajan.
In today's broadcast you will hear something of the sufferings of the early Christians, and how after long years of persecution they were at last given freedom to worship as they pleased. You will hear, too, how a great Roman Emperor, Constantine, became a Christian, and of the strange happenings which led to his conversion.

2.25 Interval Music

2.30 Biology in the Service of Man: Microbes that help the Farmer
H. Munro Fox, F.R.S.
(From Midland) (D)

2.50 Interlude

3.0 Concert for Schools
The BBC Scottish Orchestra
(Strings, Flute, and Oboe)
Leader, J. Mouland Begbie
Arranged and presented by Herbert Wiseman
(Scottish Programme)


Broadcasting By:
Rhoda Power
H. Munro Fox
J. Mouland Begbie
Presented By:
Herbert Wiseman

from St. Paul's Cathedral
Order of Service
(Men's voices only)
Psalm xviii
Lesson, Ecclesiasticus iv, 29-vi, 1 Magnificat (Plainsong, Morley) Lesson, Acts iv, 32 to v, 11
Nunc Dimittis (Plainsong, Morley) Anthem, Sing we merrily (Read)
Sing we merrily unto God our strength: make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob.
Take the psalm, bring hither the tabret : the merry harp with the lute.
Sing we merrily unto God our strength
Hymn, Thine for ever! God of Love!
(A. and M. 280 ; S.P. 258)

' The Ewe Flock '
W. S. Mansfield
This evening Mr. Mansfield will discuss the ewe flock. Mr. Mansfield himself keeps a flock of Scotch crossbreds on the University Farm in conjunction with his policy of ' alternate husbandry'. That is to say, they are fed on the grass during the period that the land is down to pasture. It is his intention this evening to have with him at the microphone his own shepherd.

by Philip Wade
Produced by Lance Sieveking
The Characters
The action takes place in and around
Newby Hall


Philip Wade
Produced By:
Lance Sieveking
Newby Hall
Jessie, a maid:
Dorothy Tetley
Agatha, Lord Ebbworth's sister:
Gladys Young
Judy, his younger daughter:
Eileen Sharp
Tom, the head gardener:
Philip Wade
Constance Higham,:
Lady Ebbworth
Constance Higham,:
Margaret Halstan
Richard, Higham, Lord Ebbworth:
A. Scott-Gatty
Edward Jennings, the estate agent:
Stephen Jack
Anne, Lord Ebbworth's daughter:
Gabrielle Casartelli
Bob, the gardener's son:
Franklyn Bellamy
Raymond Harris, a friend of the family...........................:
Ewart Scott
Dan (newcomers):
Harold Reese
Dick (newcomers):
John Teed

Season 1937-8
Third Concert from Queen's Hall, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co. Ltd.)
Isobel Baillie (soprano)
Mary Jarred (contralto)
Parry Jones (tenor)
Harold Williams (baritone)
The BBC Choral Society
Chorus Master, Leslie Woodgate
The BBC Symphony Orchestra
Leader, Paul Beard
Probably the most notable event on the executive side of British music for a decade or more has been the appearances of Toscanini, first with the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in 1930, and then during the BBC London Music Festivals of 1935 and 1937. Toscanini's genius for visualising a composer's thought and giving life to it, or rather re-creating it, is a quality for which his conducting has become famed throughout the world. Whereas other great conductors exercise this quality in respect of certain composers' music, Toscanini does it will all music, whether it be classical or modern. On conducting without a score Toscanini has said: 'This makes it possible for me to have the whole orchestra in my hands from the beginning to the end of a performance.'


Isobel Baillie
Parry Jones
Harold Williams
Chorus Master:
Leslie Woodgate
Conducted By:
Arturo Toscanini

Studies in National Inspiration and Characteristic Forms—1
' Persian Poetry'
Sir E. Denison Ross , C.I.E.
The idea of this series is that poetry is to be found in the hearts of all peoples, although among different peoples it takes different forms. Some of these forms-the French sonnet, Scandinavian sagas, Italian epics, and so forth - are traced in this series.
Tonight Sir Denison Ross , the eminent authority on Oriental languages, especially Persian, who has just retired from the Directorship of the School .of Oriental Studies at the London Institution, and from the Professorship of Persian in the University of London (posts which he has held since 1916), will discuss Persian poetry and. will read some examples.


Sir E. Denison Ross
Sir Denison Ross

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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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