Hear The Coronation
The most important broadcasting events this month centre round Coronation week, the principal event, of course, being the Coronation ceremony itself. Very elaborate preparations have been made for this and an intricate system of microphone points arranged all along the route. Broadcasting begins about ten o'clock and continues well into the afternoon, observers being placed in the precincts of Buckingham Palace, in the Mall, at the Cenotaph and outside and inside Westminster Abbey.
Apart from the Coronation itself the great moment of the week will be the speech by His Majesty the King, at 8 p.m. on May 12. This is to be preceded by "The Empire's Homage," a programme in which the Dominions and Colonies will unite in sending loyal greetings to Their Majesties and wishes for a long and happy reign. This will begin at 7.20 p.m. and be heard from all B.B.C. stations.
These will be in the National programme while in the Regional a programme called "The King's Anointing is to be produced. In it we shall hear of the historical significance of many of the things which will be used during the Coronation ceremony, the sceptre. the orb. and the ampule of oil. Another programme arranged for the same day, which is intended in the first place for children, will no doubt, appeal to many more listeners, for in it Lawrence Tanner, Keeper of the Muniments and Sub Librarian at Westminster Abbey is recalling the story of the great Coronation Chair which has come down -to us through the centuries. The story will be told in dramatic form. Mr. Tanner is well-known as an authority on the long history of Westminster Abbey and has in this programme sketched the history of the Coronation Chair from the day when it was designed and painted and installed in the Abbey under King Edward I in person until the date of our present King's Coronation.
Nothing for Schools
During the week the ordinary broadcasts to schools are being suspended, for the most part, and a number of programmes particularly suitable to the occasion, have been substituted. These include a concert on Monday, at 2.30 p.m., in which folk and national songs will be broadcast by school choirs chosen to represent five or six different regions in England and Wales. Many of the songs will be familiar to schools all over the country, and it is hoped that listening children will join in singing the choruses that they know. On Tuesday at 3 p.m. the Concert Lesson will take a dramatic form
with the title " Royal Occasions." The first scene will take listeners in imagination back to the court of Queen Elizabeth, and allow them to hear a concert of music by famous composers of the day. The second will describe how Handers "Water Music " was played on the Thames in the presence ot the first King George.
On Thursday at 2.5 p.m., following on his series Your Home and Mine, Geoffrey Boumphrey will talk about some of the King's houses and palaces—Buckingham Palace, St. James's Palace, Windsor Castle, Sandringham, Holyrood House and Balmoral. Later in the same afternoon Hugh Ross Williamson will describe some of the important features of the Coronation procession and ceremonial and will illustrate by means of short dramatic interludes the story of their origin and historical significance in the past.
In the morning talks the "Towards Summer " series continues at the beginning of the month. On May 4 the speaker will be Mrs. Goss, a practical working cook, born in Scotland, but who has lived most of her life in America, and who is going to talk about salad and vegetable dishes. The subject on May 11, will be "Picnic Meals." On May 18, a new series "How I Manage" begins with Mrs. E. M. Taylor, a Scotswoman, wife of a schoolmaster with an income of £300 per annum; and on May 25, Mrs. A. F. Viner, wife of a motor-van driver, will tell how she runs her house on £2 a week.
The Lives of Others
On Fridays the series on "The New Baby" will continue with further talks on after-care, by a doctor, and on Saturdays " Other Women's Lives" will include Agnes Smith, a weaver (on May 15), Madame HtIlbne Guepin and Barbara Rothwell Fielding.
The Five O'clock series on Mondays will include a talk by Kevin Fitzgerald on May 10, on the free entertainment in London, pointing out the endless amusement you can get without spending money; and another by Veronica Johnston on caravanning as a fine art, which is on May 31. Other broadcasts in this series will be a talk on Flower Shows by an amateur and a discussion between Lady Hart Dyke and Mr. Ernegt Goodals on silk. Listeners may remember -Lady Hart Dyke's interesting account of her silkworm farm broadcast some time ago, and the two speakers jointly have been responsible for the Duchesses' Coroaation Robes and various hangings -to be used in Westminster Abbey during the Coronation ceremony.