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.
Music by J. H. Squire
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.
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.
5.20 'Wrexham School Festival'. Every year the schools of Wrexham hold a music festival. Today's broadcast is of concert given by the two massed choirs of children who sang in the Festival on July 7.
5.45 'The House at Westminster', by Megan Lloyd George , M.P.
5.20 ' All the Fun of the Air' : programme of songs, games, and puzzles, written by Ward Phillips , with music by Mai Jones
5.45 F. N. S. Creek , Children's Hour sports coach, holds another discussion on' swimming with Captain A. J. Keen. They talk about diving and the crawl «
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
Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult
Symphony No. 32 in G (K.318)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat (Eroica)
Walter Legge writes of the Mozart Symphony No. S2, in G : This spirited little work is a symphony only in name ; in form and style it is an overture. It was comp'osed on April 26, 1779, in Salzburg and had the distinction of being the only one of Mozart's works for full orchestra to be published in full score during his lifetime. There is no definite information as to the purpose for which this symphony was written. In the nineteenth century it was believed to have been written as an overture for Bianchi's Villanella rapita, but that theory no longer holds water since Bianchi's work was first performed in 1783 and Mozart was not in the habit of writing music for the theatre until the last possible moment. It is far more likely that this was originally intended to be the overture for Mozart's opera Zaide, which we know to have been written in Salzburg in 1779 and for which there is no overture
- People to People'
The story of President Truman's home town and his early life there, told to Gene Dennis by the President's friends, neighbours, and teachers. Written and produced by Gene Dennis.
' How's it done ? ' ' Silence in Court': a new angle on ' Safety First.' Children of Dinnington, Yorkshire, hold a mock magistrate's court and investigate the circumstances of a street accident. Recordings introduced by Charles Farmer
Songs by the Three Semis
'Pencil and Paper': more puzzles, questions, and catches, by P. Caton Baddeley
by Arnold Bennett
Adapted as a serial in eight episodes by Olivia Manning
4— ' The Mercantile Marine '
(Continued in. next column)
Councillor Rhys Jones. Geoffrey Lewis
Produced by William Hughes in the BBC's Midland studios
Denry Machin 's first serious love affair was with Ruth Earp but her extravagance during their holiday at Llandudno quickly led to a quarrel and the engagement was broken off. Denry had other ideas about spending his money, and he bought the old Llandudno lifeboat which had rescued the crew of a Norwegian ship in a recent storm. With the help of Simeon Edwards he organised lifeboat trips out to the wreck. When he found that he made a profit of twelve pounds on his first day, Denry was afraid that his luck could not hold. But somehow, good fortune persisted and the future seemed bright.
' Sally the Cow': story by Cyril Roberts , told by the author
5.15 'A Naval Adventure'
Serial play in four parts by ' Sea-Lion '
Produced by David Davis 2
— ' Storm at Sea '
News comes of a sensational hold-up and robbery of the Malta dockyard cashier by three crooks, Borg, Zammit, and Micallef, who make their escape with a haul of a hundred thousand pounds. Several warships are sent on patrol of the island, including H.M.S. Vampire in which Tiger Ransome and Snort Kenton are now serving. While Tiger and Snort are searching an apparently innocent fishing boat they are overpowered by Borg and his confederates. The Vampire has had to leave them to pursue another craft...
Appeal on behalf of the Chalfont Colony for Epileptics, by Harry Holloway
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to [address removed]
At Chalfont Colony the National Society for Epileptics has endeavoured for sixty years to provide a way of life for sane epileptics unable to hold their own in the outside world.
Few people not in touch with this disease realise the depths of despair that beset epileptics and their relatives. Chalfont Colony, the largest of its kind in England, provides community life for more than five hundred men, women, and children. Busily employed in running their own village and farms, and in receiving training, education, and recreation, these people are able at the Colony to make a real contribution to the community, and in so doing achieve happiness and self-expression.
The Colony today consists of an estate of more than three hundred and fifty acres. Its members, whose ages range from five to eighty-three years, live in eighteen separate Homes-all buildings of a pleasant residential nature set in the Buckinghamshire countryside.
Harry Holloway , who is making this appeal, is himself a sufferer from epilepsy, and has lived and worked at Chalfont for twenty years.
Conductor, Charles Groves
Overture and Venusberg Music (Tannhäuser)
Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)
Overture: The Mastersingers
Apart from the Tannhauser overture, all the music in this programme belongs to Wagner's maturity. The second act of Siegfried, from which the ' Forest Murmurs ' aretaken, was completed in 1857, when Wagner was forty-four, and it was at this pomt that he laid aside The Ring in order to realise two long-cherished ambitions, the operas Tristan and Isolde and The Mastersingers. In between these two works, he found time to revise the Venusberg music in his earlier opera Tannhauser for the Paris production of 1861; this revised version he later dovetailed on to the original overture, for concert performance. The overture begins with the Pilgrims' Hymn, later leading to Tannhauser's song in praise of Venus; the Venusberg music is a Bacchanale portraying the delights and temptations with which Venus tries to hold Tannhauser in thrall. Deryck Cooke
A series of talks, by John Guise , designed to help and encourage young cricketers
1—Getting to Know the Ball
John Guise holds the record Public School score of 278 runs, made for Winchester against Eton on Agar's Plough in 1921. A bowler and batsman, he captained Oxford University in 1925, and played for Middlesex for ten seasons. He also looked after cricket at Winchester before the war, and is now coach at a Shropshire Grammar School.
by Professor D. L. Savory , M.P. a Vice-President of the Huguenot Society
In 1550 French and Dutch Protestants living in Britain were granted a Royal
Charter by Edward VI. They had fled from religious persecution on the Continent and had found refuge here. The Charter gave to the French Protestant Church in London the right to hold services and allow its members to worship God in their own way. The path of religious tolerance has not been entirely smooth since that day, but there is no doubt that this Royal Charter was an act of importance at a very early date. French and Dutch Protestants have been celebrating, the four-hundredth anniversary of this occasion and Professor Savory, himself a descendant of an ancient Huguenot family from Montpellier, explains its importance.
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT I, by Marjorie Eele. To be repeated tomorrow at 9.45 a.m.
11.20 HISTORY I. ' Siege of Leyden ': Protestants of Holland hold out against the Spanish Army (1574). Script by Douglas Allan
11.40 PANORAMA. 'A Rabbit in the Air': a radio adaptation of David Garnett's book on learning to fly. Script by Ivor Jones
' More Tales of Pebblings Village,' by Modwena Sedgwick , told by David. 3—' The Cricket Match 'followed by 'Little Men '
A serial pray by Muriel Levy based on the famous book by Louisa M. ALcott
3—' A New Girl'
Violin played by Kathleen Malet
Production by May E. Jenkin
There was no doubt that Dan had proved a disturbing influence at Plumfield, and after the episode of the fire Mr. Bhaer felt obliged to send him away. Mrs. Bhaer mourned for her ' wild boy * and so did young Teddy. while the other boys were divided between relief and regret. However a diversion is caused by the arrival of a companion for Daisy, a wild little gir! nicknamed ' Naughty Nan.' She is determined to hold her own with any boy, and certainly succeeds.
(Joan Miller is appearing at the New Boltons Theatre)
A series of six talks by Canon Charles Raven
5-Science and the Historical Process
Christianity is a historical religion. Its creede refer to definite events that have taken place at particular times. This has involved the articles of the Christian faith in historical criticism. Plainly, the methods used to criticise secular history must also be applied to sacred history. Christianity, because it is a historical religion, cannot escape this scrutiny. Canon Raven deals with the problems that this raises. He assumes that Christianity is not a myth and that the events on which its faith is grounded must have happened if we are to continue to hold that faith. He discusses the documents of the Christian faith with this in mind.