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Leader, Harold Fairhurst
Conductor, Richard Austin
Solo pianoforte, Mark Haubourg from the Pavilion, Bournemouth (Soloist, MARK HAMBOURG )
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was written in 1824 and represents his crowning achievement in symphonic form, but the last thing it is intended to he is merely a beautiful pattern of sounds. It is packed full of emotional and ethical meaning, and its aim is not to delight the listener with beautiful sounds alone, but to hammer its meaning into him in the same way that ' Oliver Twist ' hammered into Victorian readers a conviction that the existing poor law was detestable.


Richard Austin
Mark Haubourg
Mark Hambourg
Oliver Twist

Few women have had a more distinguished career in the cause of women than Mrs. Oliver Strachey, who, among other things, was Honorary Parliamentary Secretary to the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, from 1916 to 1922, and Chairman of the Women's Service War Workers' Bureau from 1914 to 1918. She has been Chairman of the Joint Committee on Women in Civil Service since 1919 and of the Cambridge University Women's Appointments Board since 1930, and Organising Secretary to the Women's Employment Federation since 1934. She is author of 'The Cause - a history of the Women's Movement in Great Britain'.
As if to show what women can do, she is now building her own house, brick by brick, herself, in a wood near the village of Fernhurst, overlooking the Sussex Weald. It is to be a small cottage, built of white Midhurst bricks - two living-rooms, four small bedrooms. The construction has reached the ceiling of the first floor.
But. Mrs. Strachey has already finished a cottage of her own building-a red brick bungalow with a thatched roof - in the same part of the country. It has been occupied for four years.
So women - and men too - who have ambitions to build their own houses should listen to this practical talk today.

E.M. Forster, author of 'A Passage to India', which won the Prix Fernina Vie Heureuse and James Tait Black Prize in 1925, will discuss the significant trends in book production and literature in 1937 that are likely to have a bearing on 1938. Has the coming of the sixpenny book opened up new markets? Has the growth of new book clubs led to new readers? This is the kind of question he will hope to answer.


E.M. Forster

(Section D)
Leader, Paul Beard
Conducted by Albert Coates
Among Tchaikovsky's papers in his old home at Klin (now a museum), with other notes and sketches relating to his last works, a sheet of music paper has recently come to light with the following notes scribbled in pencil: ' The ultimate essence of the plan of the symphony is LIFE. First part-all impulsive passion, confidence, thirst for activity. Must be short. (Finale, DEATH-result of collapse.) Second part, love ; third, disappointments; fourth, ends dying away (also short).'
Admittedly this rough draft does not quite agree with the final version of the ' Pathetic ', but we can hardly doubt that it is the embryonic plan of it and that this is the solution of the enigma of Tchaikovsky's mysterious secret programme of his ' Pathetic ' Symphony.


Paul Beard
Conducted By:
Albert Coates

by Charles Pengelly
One of the most sensational incidents in the early days of the Great War was the sinking of the battleship Audacious in Lough Swilly. While the second battle squadron was carrying out firing practice on October 26, 1914, the Audacious struck a mine, and later sank.
Charles Pengelly was on the Audacious at the time of the disaster. He had a unique association with the ship. Coming from a Cornish sea-faring family, he was employed on the Audacious while she was building, and went down the slip-way in her at the time of her launch, for which he was suspended from work for a fortnight as a punishment! He was in the ship while she was making her trials, and he was in her when she was mined.


Charles Pengelly
Lough Swilly.
Charles Pengelly

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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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