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SEVEN-A-SIDE Rugby football is still less well known than it deserves to be, as it is a fast and very thrilling game. The Manchester Football Club is holding a seven-a-side knock-out tournament tomorrow in aid of Manchester and Salford hospitals', and in this talk the rules and tactics of the game will be described by the Captain of the Club, Mr. A. L. Gracie , who, as followers of ' Rugger ' will well remember, was not so long ago the Scottish Captain, and amongst the most brilliant three-quarters-playing in International games.
Waltz, "Faded Love Letters of Mine"; Fox-trot, "Every Day"; One-step, "Joe is Here"; Fox-trot, "That Red Head Gal"; Veleta, "Honeymoon Chimes"; Fox-trot, "Gone, but Still in My Heart"; Fox-trot, "Just Holding Hands"; Blues, "The Cat's Whiskers"; Fox-trot, "Why Did Robinson Crusoe Get the Blues?"; One-step, "Felix Kept on Walking".
"God Bless the Prince of Wales."
THE STATION DRAMATIC
COMPANY in "THE "MINE (J. L. R. Hale).
(Specially written for the occasion.)
Mrs. Evans. Harri Evans. Capt. Trevor.
Scene: The living room of Harri's little cottage in a village on the North coast of Wales. As the play opens, Gladys and Blodwen are holding a conversation whilst Gladys prepares a meal.
Presented by VICTOR SMYTHE.
Supervised by J. L. R. HALE.
FRANK MULLINGS (Tenor)
Dr. ADOLPH BRODSKY (Violin)
CARL FUCHS ('Cello)
EDWARD ISAACS (Pianoforte)
It was the delight of the great masters of music in bygone days to gather together and entertain one another with their compositions and interpretations. But how much of the glorious music which graced such meetings was lost to those outside the charmed circle ?
This afternoon four eminent musicians of Manchester are holding just such an informal gathering, and through the medium of the microphone, their music, instead of being lost, may be heard by all.
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THE AUGMENTED STATION ORCHESTRA, conducted by T. H. MORRISON
SMETANA was the first man who caused tho outside world to take notice of the music of Bohemia (now Czecho-Slovakia). Three years ago his countrymen celebrated the centenary of his tirth by holding a great Smetana Festival at Prague.
The Bartered Bride, the second of his eight
Operas, turns on an old situation-a girl's loving one man in spite of her parent's choosing another as her husband. Of course, all comes right in the end. The plot is worked out in a gay spirit, and the Overture hits that off delightfully.
TULIEN, a Parisian artist, falls in love with Louise, a working girl. Her parents will not let her marry a man of so happy-go-lucky a profession, as they think it, so the lovers run away together to Montmartre. There, in their charming little garden overlooking Paris, Louise sings this song, telling Julien how much happier she is with him than toiling in the dull workshop she used to know.
THE wilful, selfish Peer Gynt, in Ibsen's story, has been wandering over the world, never finding the satisfaction he seeks. Once he has a vision. He sees Solveig, who loves him, sitting spinning outside the hut he built long ago for himself and her. She is now a. middle-aged woman, but still fair-haired and comely, and as she spins, she thinks of Peer and sings' Thou wilt return some day and find me waiting.'
IN 1786 Mozart, then a popular public figure, was giving subscription concerts in Vienna.
He must have been very busy, for of one of his concerts, given the year before, his father writes home : ' Wolfgang played an admirable new Concerto which was in the copyist's hands when we arrived yesterday. Your brother had not even time to try over the Rondo.' However, Mozart managed to write and learn a new work for almost every concert. In all he wrote seventeen during his time in Vienna (between 1782 and 1791). This one in A (K.488) is a cheery, urbane work, in three Movements.
A T the age of twenty-one, Mr. Robert Gregory, a native of Prestwich, near Manchester, went to Vienna to study under the great, master, Leschetitzky. He lived in the Austrian capital for about twenty years and rapidly became known both as a teacher and a performer. At the outbreak of the war Mr. Gregory had some thrilling experiences, being denounced as a British spy and kept under strict surveillance for some time. Since the war he has settled once again in his native town and has given many recitals. This, however, is his first appearance before the microphone.
THE STATION ORCHESTRA
Conducted by T. H. Morrison
THE STATION REPERTORY PLAYERS present
' LUCKY BILL '
A Manx Farce by EDWIN LEWIS
The tenth of the Browns of Owdham Series
Sarah and Bill are in Queen Mona's Hall of Fate, on Orchan Head. The Isle of Man's mystic three-legged charms are emblazoned on the walls, and under the blue velvet cover a significant bulge indicates Queen Mona's Crystal.
Bill sits very erect. Doubtless, the influence of sun has brought on his feverish desire to lift the magic curtain of the future. Sarah cannot imagine what has happened to him. But she is suspicious. Certainly, no Gipsy Queen will hold Bill's hand long in her presence.
Relayed from the Pavilion, Buxton Gardens
Conducted by Sir IVOR ATKINS
0 worship the King (William Kethe. c. ]593 and Robert Grant , 1785-1838, to Tune ' Hanover '—Croft, 1678-1727)
When I survey the Wondrous Cross (
Isaac Watts , 1674-1748, to Tune ' Rockingham ' — Edward Miller , 1735-1807)
Praise to the Holiest in the Height (Cardinal
Newman. 1801-1890, to Tune ' Richmond — Thomas Haweis , 1732-1820, altered by Samuel Webbe )
AS a conductor, an organist and a composer. Sir Ivor Atkins holds a high place in contemporary British music. He has been organist and mr.s-ter of the choristers at
Worcester Cathedral for thirty years, and he has on many occasions conducted such
Sir IVOR ATKINS. important festivals as the Three Choirs Festival at Worcester. His own compositions have also been performed on many such occasions.
A Special Concert rendered by The MANCHESTER BEECHAM OPERATIC Ciionus, relayed from Milton Hall : Conductor, W. ARTHUR LOMAS HANNAH CHOPPER (Soprano)
GWENDOLINE CLARKE (Soprano) JOHN HUGHES (Baritone) M. AINSWORTH (Soprano)
CORA MAUDE (Mezzo-Soprano) ELSIE BOARDMAN (Contralto) EDITH SCHOLES (Contralto)
Accompanist: HILDA WILMOT
Marguerite-M. AINSWORTH Siebel-CORA MAUDE
MEPHISTOPHELES, having destroyed the erring Marguerite's hopes of pardon, has been satirically serenading her while Faust stands bv. Valentine, her brother, draw; his sword upon Faust, and they fight.- Mephistopheles, by a foul blow, causes Valentine to fall mortally wounded. As he dies, ho curses the sister once so dear to him.
Opening Chorus from ' Phoebus and Pan ' Bach (Knglish Translation by Arthur Lomas)
THIS jolly Cantata was put on the stage some years ago by Sir Thomas Beecham, and since then has become a popular item in the repertory of the British National Opera Company.
The incident round which it is constructed is a simple one. Phoebus, the Sun-god, disputes with Pan, God of the Woodlands, as to which of them is the better singer. They hold a contest, in which other gods act as counsel and judges, and Phoebus, with his divine song, is proclaimed victor.
The Opening Chorus, by Phoebus, Pan, and the assembled gods, with shepherds, nymphs, and a crowd of onlookers, is simply a means of starting the ball a-rolling.
THE Sacred Festival Drama, Parsifal, was
Wagner's last work. In it he treats of the legendary relic of the Eucharist, the Holy Grail (the cup which was used at the Last Supper, and in which the Saviour's blood was received at the Crucifixion),
In the Grail Scene, the Love Feast, or Communion of the Knights who guard the Holy Grail, is celebrated, and the Grail is unveiled.
THE LILY OF KILLARNEY'
An Opera in Three Acts by Sir Julius Benedict
(Words by Dion Boucicault and John Oxenford )
Relayed to Daventry
THE STATION CHORUS-Chorus Master,
S. H. WHITTAKER
THE AUGMENTED STATION ORCHESTRA, conducted by T. H. MORRISON
Notes by JOHN RUSSELL
SIR JULIUS BENEDICT was a German who followed in the steps of Handel by spending a great deal of his life in England. He is remembered chiefly by The Lily of Killarney.
The Opera is founded on Dion Boucicault 's play, The Colleen Bawn. Hardress Cregan (owner of a large estate, heavily involved) and Eily O'Con-nor (a peasant girl) are secretly married. To relieve his fortunes Cregan is persuaded by Corrigan (who holds the mortgages) to pay court to a rich heiress. The plot is concerned largely with the efforts of Cregan and Danny Mann (a boatman, Cregan's devoted follower) to induce Eily to give up her marriage lines. Cregan's gloves, obtained from his mother (who favours the rich marriage) are sent to Eily as a sign that Cregan needs her, and by this means she is inveigled into a boat. An attempt is made by Danny Mann to do away with her. But Myles Na Coppaleen shoots Danny, Eily is rescued, the rich heiress accepts another suitor who pays off the mortgage, and all ends happily.
[An illustrated Libretto of the above opera can be obtained from the Manchester Station, price 2d., including postage. Listeners in the North of England can obtain copies through the Wireless Dealers.]
THE HEBDEN BRIDGE BAND: Conductor, SAM TOWNSEND
SHEEP-FARMING in the Australian bush. playing the Violin to the Governor-General, cruising on a whaler, mutiny, capture by ferocious rebel Maoris-all these are among the lively experiences of the Irish composer of Maritana. He is not to be confused, by the way, with the William Wallace of our own times, composer of the Freebooter Songs, etc. This William Wallace was born in 1814 and died just over sixty years ago. He wrote, among other things, half-a-dozen Op?ras ; but Maritana was the only really successful one, and it has, indeed, easily made up for the rest as far as popularity goes.
His countrymen put up a monument to him at his native Waterford a few years ago-one of the few statues of musicians to be found in the British Isles.
A Symbolic Play by Maria A. Foley , presented by the Station Dramatic Company
THE action takes place in the modest room of a little house near Judæa during the lifetime of our Lord. From the window, a narrow winding road may be seen, and in the distance, rising majestically, a mountain, at the foot of which a great crowd is gathering.
This is the picture that presents itself to little Joel as he gazes wistfully towards the mountain. He has just finished preparing a wreath of white roses, which he holds in his hands.