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'IN LONDON THIS WEEK'

Howard Marshall
What more dramatic than being in London this week, except, perhaps, an account of it ? The tenseness and preparation, and yet the calmness ; a glimpse of those who hold the destiny of England in their hands going quietly to and fro ; the ideal before us all, and the symbol of it everywhere. Who better than Howard Marshall could describe it ?
His deep voice, his lack of hesitation, his power of filling in the colour of the scene he is describing, whether it be the missing of Hammond in a Test Match, when, as Guy Pocock said in a recent article in The Listener, one could almost see the fielder dazzled by the sun' ; whether it be the Coronation, or a boxing match, or the wonderful talk he gave the other day on the evacuation of school children, Howard Marshall has, to quote Pocock again, ' his broadcast in hand and plays on his audience with quiet confidence'.
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'EGGS AND POULTRY FOR THE HOME TABLE'

A. P. Thompson
A. P. Thompson is well known as a broadcaster on small-holding problems, and today he will come to the microphone with practical advice to that ' farmer of the town', the backyard produce-grower and poultry-keeper. He is editor of The Feathered World and an expert on the problems, aims, and difficulties of the small poultry-keeper.
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'THE COTTAGER'S PIG'

John Green will be a talk on some aspect of small-holding or Every Saturday there will be a talk on some aspectof small-holding or 'backyard farming lne feeding of the nation in times like these rests not only with the Government, but with the industry, skill and enterprise of the small property owner on the home front.
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THE HOME FRONT-2

' The Leversuch Family at War' by Stephen Potter
In ' Air Raid ' three months ago listeners heard Mr. Leversuch holding forth on the subject, of A.R.P., and Mrs. Leversuch complaining that it was interrupting her Thursday bridge evenings: Now the war has started, the Leversuch family are settling down and grappling with such major problems as How to fill up a Form, and whether or not Mr. Leversuch could claim extra petrol for that 'journey to fix up that business point which surely might be considered of national importance.
(To be broadcast again on Thursday at 1.0)
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THE CHILDREN'S HOUR

5.20 ' Round the Peat Fire '
A programme devised by Emma Menzies
Once again John and Margaret visit Uncle Colin in the Isle of Sonas, and hold what Highland folk call a ' Ceilidh '― '-an evening of story-telling and songs
5.40 ' North Sea Trawlers '
A feature programme telling how the fishing fleets are carrying on with their work in wartime
Recorded under the direction of Alan
Melville
BBC Home Service Basic

TCHAIKOVSKY CENTENARY CONCERT

Opening programme of a series of summer concerts in the Colston Hall,
Bristol
Part 2
The BBC Symphony Orchestra
Leader, Paul Beard
Conducted by Sir Hamilton Harty
National anthems of the Allies
This evening's concert is the first of a series of special summer concerts to be given before an audience at the Colston Hall, Bristol, parts of which will be broadcast. Sir Hamilton Harty opens the series with the first of two Tchaikovsky Centenary programmes. The work to be broadcast on this occasion is the Symphony No. 6 in B minor, the ' Pathetic '.
Tchaikovsky himself called this symphony a programme symphony.
' I have got hold ', he wrote, ' of the idea for a new symphony. This tiine a programme-symphony, but with a programme that shall remain an enigma for everyone-let them puzzle their heads over it.' However, the enigma was solved a few years ago when a paper outlining the plan of the symphony was found in Tchaikovsky's old home. Briefly, the outline is: Active life-love-disappointment-death.
BBC Home Service Basic

ROAD SAFETY'

Standing on a dangerous corner
Michael Standing keeps an eye on road-users at a big traffic centre
' somewhere in London '
This broadcast is not meant to entertain, though it is meant to show in an entertaining way how all of us, whether motorists, cyclists, or pedestrians, perhaps unconsciously, but continually, do the wrong and dangerous thing.
Visualise a busy traffic centre, with traffic converging from all sides. There are policemen to guide you, or traffic lights to let you by or hold you up. It should be fool-proof, but because of human nature it is not.
Listeners will hear directions given from a police car to various users of the road who make mistakes. And Michael Standing will be heard interrogating some of those who have made them.
BBC Home Service Basic

' The Story behind the Show ' 'HOLD MY HAND'

with Jessie Matthews
Stanley Lupino
Sonnie Hale
Noel Gay and others associated with the production
The BBC Chorus and the Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell
Radio script by Keith Ayling. Produced by Ronald Waldman
The fifth of a series of musical programmes devised by Leslie Baily
See the article on p.
BBC Home Service Basic

BBC ORCHESTRA

(Section A)
Leader, Paul Beard
Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult
Tchaikovsky's Sixth, and last, Symphony was conceived in the winter of 1892-3, and the title ' Pathetic ' was given to it after its first performance.
Tchaikovsky himself called this symphony a programme symphony. ' I have got hold of the idea for a new symphony', he wrote. ' This time a programme-symphony, but with a programme that shall remain an enigma for everyone-let them puzzle their heads over it.'
However, the enigma was solved a few years ago. when a paper outlining the plan of the symphony was found in Tchaikovsky's old home. Briefly, the outline is: Active life—love — disappointment — death. By a striking coincidence the symphony was first performed on October 28, only nine days before the composer's death.
BBC Home Service Basic

' OPERATION DYNAMO'

The story of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from
Dunkirk from May 26 to June 3, 1940, by 'the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, and civilian volunteers
Based on ' The Nine Days Wonder ' by John Masefield
Arranged by Robert Kemp
Produced by John Cheatle
' Our Army did not save -Belgium ; that is a little matter compared with the great matter, that it tried to.- In the effort it lost thirty thousand men, all its transport, all its guns, all its illusions ; it never lost its heart. The Nation said to those men, m effect: Hold on ; we will get you away ". They held on, and we got them away.'
So writes the Poet Laureate in his tale of the evacuation of Dunkirk-a tale commemorating for all time the doggedness and patience of simple men waiting to be lifted from a rain of death, of incredible
. feats by, sailors, of individual acts of heroism passing belief. ' They held on, and we got them away '-to the number of 316,663.
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PROMENADE CONCERT

London Symphony Orchestra
Leader, George Stratton
Conducted by Sir Henry Wood
Tchaikovsky
Marche slave
Symphony No. 6, in B minor
(Pathetique)
From the Royal Albert Hall , London
Tchaikovsky's Sixth, and last, Symphony was conceived in the winter of 1892-3, and the title ' Pathetic ' was given to it after its first performance.
Tchaikovsky himself called this symphony a programme symphony. ' I have got hold ', he wrote, ' of the idea for a new symphony. This time a programme-symphony, but with a programme that shall remain an enigma for everyone-let them puzzle their heads over it.'
However, the enigma was solved a few years ago, when a paper outlining the plan of the symphony was found in Tchaikovsky's old home. Briefly the line is : Active life — love—disappointment—death.
*By a striking coincidence the symphony was first performed on October 28, only nine days before the composer's death.
BBC Home Service Basic

Promenade Concert

Arthur Catterall (violin)
Antonia Butler (cello)
London Symphony Orchestra
Leader, George Stratton
Conducted by Basil Cameron
From the Royal Albert Hall, London
The story of The Firebird is based on a Russian legend. The Firebird flies through a glade in the forest. Prince Ivan pursues it to the gates of the enchanted castle of Kashchez, the magician and fiend. There he captures the Firebird, who offers him a golden feather, a magic protection in all times of danger.
In the castle gardens are thirteen princesses, captives of Kashchez. Ivan falls in love with one of them and they all dance until dawn. He tries to follow them into the castle but he is seized by the guards. He summons the Firebird, who throws all the inhabitants into a frantic dance and when they sink exhausted to the ground lulls them to sleep.
Ivan then gets hold of the magic egg in which the life of Kashchez is contained, smashes it, and the monster dies. All the captives are released and join in a joyous dance.
The Prince and Princess stand triumphant, surrounded by their court.
BBC Home Service Basic

COVENTRY HIPPODROME ORCHESTRA

Conductor, William Pethers
Percy Underwood (baritone)
Percy Underwood first came to the microphone at Savoy Hill in 1927, since when he has been broadcasting fairly regularly. As a boy, he sang in the St. Mary De Lode church choir, Gloucester, and learned the piano from his brother, Samuel Underwood , and Ambrose P. Porter , organist of Lichfield Cathedral. When still in his teens, he won the gold and silver medals at the Bristol Eisteddfod, where the adjudicator, Sir Walford Davies , advised him to carry on with his singing.
Although he has held the post of Assistant Organist in Gloucester Cathedral, and holds the Diploma of Associate of the Royal -College of Organists, Underwood feels singing to be his real vocation. He studied under the late H...Plunkett Greene and Frederick King , and has done a great deal of work in London and the provinces.
BBC Home Service Basic

'BACKS TO THE LAND

' Looking ahead on the holding' by Geoffrey Tawell
Geoffrey Tawell has another talk with growers, discussing plans for the future and some of the lessons he learnt during a difficult season in Bedfordshire.
BBC Home Service Basic

Tobias Matthay

Programme on the life and work of this great veteran teacher of the piano, introducing some of his most famous pupils - Dame Myra Hess and Irene Scharrer. Written and produced by Etienne Amyot.
Tobias Matthay holds a unique position in the world of music. The school that bears his name was founded in 1900. and through it has passed many now world-famous pianists. He is also known as a composer for the piano, and some of his own compositions will be played in this programme.
BBC Home Service Basic

J- H. SQUIRE CELESTE OCTET

Music by J. H. Squire
Danse grotesque
Eventide in Autumn An Ant's Antics
God walked in my garden The Panda's Parade It is nearly 28 years since J. H. Squire founded his famous Celeste Octet, but his musical career began long before that. At the age of twelve this adventurous character was playing the cornet in the streets of New York, an act typical of many that have succeeded it in a long and varied life. Squire, in fact. has always been a soldier of fortune, and has had a life as full of ' rough stùff' as of quiet music. His Octet, which has been called the father of all small orchestras, holds the records of going on the air without an audition and of having had three dates fixed before its first broadcast.
BBC Home Service Basic

WEEK'S GOOD CAUSE *

Appeal on behalf of the Royal National Life-boat Institution, by Coxwain Henry BIogg , G.C., B.E.M.
Among the many brave men who are coxswains of Britain's life-boats none has had a more notable record than that of Coxwain Henry Blogg. He joined the crew of the Cromer life-boat 48 years ago and has been its coxwain for the last 32 years. Three times he has won the Gold Medal for gallantry of the Royal National Life-boat Institution: he has won its silver medal four times. In addition he holds the George' Cross and the British Empire Medal.
In the best of times the work of the life-boats is hazardous, in wartime trebly so. Since this war started the life-boat service has rescued 4,627 people, and is saving two lives for every one that it saved in the last war.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged, and should be addressed to [address removed]
BBC Home Service Basic

HENRY DUNDAS

First Viscount Melville. Talk by Alexander Keith
Just two hundred years ago-to be exact on April 28, 1742-there was bom Henry Dundas , first Viscount Melville. Alexander Keith , in his bicentenary study of this great man this afternoon, describes Dundas as Scotland's first great Party manager. At the age of 24 Dundas was Solicitor-General for Scotland. Later he became Treasurer of the Navy, and was the first man to hold the office which is now filled by the Secretary of State for India. He it was who sent hundreds of Scotsmen to India in those early days of development. By which token he might well be acclaimed indirectly, if not directly, an empire builder. For a whole generation Viscount Melville was William Pitt 's righthand man.
BBC Home Service Basic

Scottish Half-Hour 'BORDER PAGEANT'

Programme about Common Ridings and Festivals in Hawick, Selkirk, Peebles, Galashiels, Innerleithen, Langholm, and Lauder. Devised by George Burnett. Produced by Moultrie R. Kelsall
Hawick, Selkirk, Galashiels, Lauder, Langholm, and other towns of the Scottish Border are accustomed in peace-time to hold summer festivals, in which great attention is paid to past history. The war has of course necessitated modifications of these ceremonies, but they continue to be held. Their forms differ ; sometimes there is a straightforward riding of the burgh boundaries-a custom once observed as a protection against the pilfering of common land by neighbouring lairds. Peebles has its ' common riding ' combined with a youth festival which culminates in the crowning of the ' Beltane Queen'. Innerleithen celebrates ancient strife against the forces of darkness by ' burning the devil ' ; and so on. Before the war some aspects of these
Border Festivals were presented in the Scottish Regional programme. This arrangement is nowadays impracticable, but this evening George Burnett presents a composite programme in which* teams from Border towns will explain—no doubt with friendly rivalry—the main features of their respective ceremonies.
BBC Home Service Basic

BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult. Frank Titterton and the BBC Chorus
Walton's ' Scapino ' Overture. was composed in 1940 and dedicated to Frederick Stock and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in commemoration of its Golden Jubilee. Its full title is ' Scapino, a Comedy Overture after an etching from Jacques Callot 's " Balli di- Sfessania ", 1622 '. Scapino, whose name is derived from the word scappare ' to flee ' or ' escape ', was a famous stock character in the old Italian Comedy : a valet-cicerone and general handyman. If challenged to dagger-play he would take to his heels.
According to Pierre Louis Duchartre in his book on the Italian Comedy he is 'very much like a starling. He skims away, swoops back again, twitters and warbles, pilfers right and left, flies off, but never fails to return. Scapino is bereft of all sense of logic ; he makes confusion of everything he undertakes, and forgets everything except to hold out his hand for a graknty. He is as amorous as the birds in spring, and for him it is spring the whole year round '. 7.35 app. Interval






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