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String Quartet. Op. 2 played by the Garaguly Quartet on gramophone records

: Four Great Singers: 3: John McCormack (1884-1945)

A talk by Desmond Shawe-Taylor on the famous Irish tenor, illustrated by his own recordings


Speaker: Desmond Shawe-Taylor


Danse bohémienne
D'un cahier d'esquisses Valse romantique
Studies (Book 2): Pour les degrés chromatiques; Pour les agrements: Pour les notes répétées; Pour les sonorites opposées; Pour les arpèges : Pour les accords played by Monique Haas


Played By: Monique Haas

: Centenary of Annie Besant

Two men who knew and worked with Annie Besant - Peter Freeman, M.P., and C. Jinarajadasa, who was vice-president of the Theosophical Society when Annie Besant was president and is now president himself - recall the life of the famous social reformer and theosophist.
The hundredth anniversary of Annie Besant's birth falls today. Annie Besant led a very exceptional life; wife of an Anglican clergyman, free-thinker, collaborator of Bradlaugh, Fabian socialist, successor to Madame Blavatsky, president of the Theosophical Society for twenty-six years, president of the Indian National Congress, organiser of the Central Hindu College of Benares.
She began to take part in Indian politics in 1913. establishing a daily paper. New India, which had for its motto 'For God, King, and Country.' From the beginning of her political agitation her platform was 'Home Rule for India, to gain for India the status of a Dominion within the British Commonwealth', and she steadfastly resisted the agitation to make India a country outside the Empire. She was interned in 1917 as a 'violent political agitator,' but owing to popular uproar she was released after three months. At the following December meeting of the Indian National Congress she was ejected as its president. She died in 1933 at the age of eighty-seven.


Contributor: C. Jinarajadasa
Contributor: Madame Blavatsky
Contributor: Peter Freeman


Joseph Szigeti (violin)
Pierre Fournier (cello)
Artur Schnabel (piano)
Part 1


Violin: Joseph Szigeti
Cello: Pierre Fournier
Piano: Artur Schnabel

: First International Festival of DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Forsyth Hardy talks about some of the most important films shown at the Festival, which took place in Edinburgh from August 31 to September 7 and in which eighteen countries were represented


Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam of Naishapur
First version by Edward FitzGerald
Produced by Christopher Hassall


Unknown: Omar Khayyam
Unknown: Edward Fitzgerald
Produced By: Christopher Hassall


BBC Singers
Conductor, Leslie Woodgate


Conductor: Leslie Woodgate


Talk by Stewart Perowne
' If there is the slightest suspicion of dampness in the bedclothes, recourse should be had to the warming-pan. This grandmotherly advice comes from one of the many quotations from Baedeker, which Stewart Perowne includes in his review of guide-books, from the days when Byron's ' Childe Harold ' delighted an English public debarred from continental travel, to the present day when holidays abroad are again out of the question


Talk By: Stewart Perowne
Unknown: Stewart Perowne
Unknown: Childe Harold

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