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Genome – the mighty online database that conta…

Genome – the mighty online database that contains every edition of the Radio Times, from its origin in 1923 to 2009 – tells us that, on this day in 1929, The Children’s Hour featured “‘The Little People’ – a Gnome Play by Janet Muir.” It also tells us that the broadcast included songs by baritone Harold Casey. Here’s a picture of said baritone – leaning in, let’s face it, quite a louche way – on a BBC piano in 1936.

Genome – the mighty online database that conta…

Genome – the mighty online database that contains every edition of the Radio Times, from its origin in 1923 to 2009 – tells us that, on this day in 1929, The Children’s Hour featured “‘The Little People’ – a Gnome Play by Janet Muir.” It also tells us that the broadcast included songs by baritone Harold Casey. Here’s a picture of said baritone – leaning in, let’s face it, quite a louche way – on a BBC piano in 1936.

Edward Clark was a conductor and a hugely infl…

Edward Clark was a conductor and a hugely influential BBC music producer in the very early days of the BBC. He helped found the BBC Symphony Orchestra and made a huge contribution to bringing new music to BBC audiences from 1926 until he left the corporation in 1936. He brought Anton Webern to London on several occasions and on this day in 1929 the composer conducted soprano Ruzena Herlinger and a ‘Special Orchestra’ in his ‘Five Pieces’ Op. 10 in a programme from the Arts Theatre Club, in the fourth series of ‘British Broadcasting Corporation Concerts of Contemporary Music’.

Edward Clark was a conductor and a hugely infl…

Edward Clark was a conductor and a hugely influential BBC music producer in the very early days of the BBC. He helped found the BBC Symphony Orchestra and made a huge contribution to bringing new music to BBC audiences from 1926 until he left the corporation in 1936. He brought Anton Webern to London on several occasions and on this day in 1929 the composer conducted soprano Ruzena Herlinger and a ‘Special Orchestra’ in his ‘Five Pieces’ Op. 10 in a programme from the Arts Theatre Club, in the fourth series of ‘British Broadcasting Corporation Concerts of Contemporary Music’.

On 24 October 1946, Sir Thomas Beecham (pictur…

On 24 October 1946, Sir Thomas Beecham (pictured, in 1954) conducted a live Tristan and Isolde for the Third Programme. Performed in German, the programme ran from 6-10.45pm, with two intervals. Arthur Carron sang Tristan and Marjorie Lawrence Isolde. The best part? There was a live repeat four days later.

On 24 October 1946, Sir Thomas Beecham (pictur…

On 24 October 1946, Sir Thomas Beecham (pictured, in 1954) conducted a live Tristan and Isolde for the Third Programme. Performed in German, the programme ran from 6-10.45pm, with two intervals. Arthur Carron sang Tristan and Marjorie Lawrence Isolde. The best part? There was a live repeat four days later.

23 October 1946. The Third Programme, Radio 3&…

23 October 1946. The Third Programme, Radio 3’s predecessor station, was only a few weeks old. The centrepiece of the evening’s output was Paul Hindemith’s complex, neo-classical piano work ‘Ludus Tonalis’, played by young Australian pianist Noel Mewton-Wood. This splendid picture shows Hindemith conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a studio performance of his ‘Requiem’ in 1955. The composer died in 1963.

Listen to Donald Macleod’s epoisode of Composer of the Week about Hindemith on the Radio 3 web site.

23 October 1946. The Third Programme, Radio 3&…

23 October 1946. The Third Programme, Radio 3’s predecessor station, was only a few weeks old. The centrepiece of the evening’s output was Paul Hindemith’s complex, neo-classical piano work ‘Ludus Tonalis’, played by young Australian pianist Noel Mewton-Wood. This splendid picture shows Hindemith conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a studio performance of his ‘Requiem’ in 1955. The composer died in 1963.

Listen to Donald Macleod’s epoisode of Composer of the Week about Hindemith on the Radio 3 web site.