PAT's radio broadcasts

IN PREP

We were contacted recently by someone who remembers Peter Tranchell's radio broadcasts on music and theatre, wondering whether we had recordings or transcripts. 

This has led to some research on the BBC's Genome Project, which publishes automated transcriptions from the BBC Radio Times between 1923 and 2009, yielding the following. Soome entries have obvious OCR mistakes, and I've taken a few liberties to guess the correct versions - please use the hyperlinks to see the Genome versions.

July 28 1948

TV: Excerpts from The Cambridge Footlights Revue: La Vie Cambridgienne
with Michael Westmore, Kenneth Poolman, John Morley, Ian Lang, Michael O'Donnell, John Silverlight, Charles Parker, Adrian Vale, Stephen Lucas, Christopher Pike, Maurice Price, Michael Wilson, John Shearne, Ronald Shephard.
Introduced by Claude Hulbert.
Music by Richard Armitage, Peter Tranchell, et al
View listing in magazine

 

For The Schools

9 November 1956
11.40 TALKS FOR SIXTH FORMS. An introductory talk to four programmes on Music and the Dance by Peter Tranchell

23 November 1956
11.40 TALKS FOR SIXTH FORMS. The Waltz: third in a series of five .illustrated talks on Music and the Dance by Peter Tranchell

30 November 1956
11.40 TALKS FOR SIXTH FORMS. Modern Dance Forms: fourth of five illustrated talks on Music and the Dance. by Peter Tranchell

7 December 1956
11.40 TALKS FOR SIXTH FORMS.
The Situation Today: last of five illustrated talks on Music and the Dance by Peter Tranchell.

For the Schools (BBC Home Service)

26 May 1961

11.40 LIGHT OPERA IN ENGLAND
Peter Tranchell traces the influence of American composers on operetta and musical comedy today, and shows that although most musicals are composed by men who can neither harmonise nor orchestrate their tunes, there is still a public for works by competent composers which fall in the category between ' pop ' and grand opera.

Music in England (BBC Radio 3)

27 November 1969

19.00 8: Early Victorian Music
PETER TRANCHELL re-examines a period in which the music ranges from Home, sweet home and the music-hall song to concertos and grand opera.
Produced by DAVID EPPS

4 March 1971

19.00 8: Early Victorian Music
PETER TRANCHELL re-examines a period in which the music ranges from ' Home, Sweet Home' and the Music-Hall song to concertos and grand opera
Produced by DAVID EPPS
(A supplementary programme of longer musical examples can be heard on Radio 3 tomorrow at 2.45 pm)
(For publication see page 13)

Music in Restoration Drama

10 June 1971 repeated 4 March 1974

Well, That was the Intention
PETER TRANCHELL surveys the growth of the masque - from the mayings and mummings of Henry VIII's time and the disastrous visit of King Christian of Denmark to the fantastically costly and elaborate productions enjoyed by James I.
Produced by DAVID EPPS 

Study on 3

? repeated 30 August 1972

6.30 The Musical
The first of five programmes in which PETER TRANCHELL traces the development, from the middle of the 19th century to the present day, of ' the lighter, gayer side of theatrical music,' written largely ' to delight and entertain.'
Producer DAVID EPPS

29 March 1972 repeated 6 September 1972

6.30 The Musical
In the second of five programmes PETER TRANCHELL examines some lyrics and comments on the elegance and appeal of light opera in the early years of this century,
​​​​​​​Producer DAVID EPPS

5 April 1972 repeated 13 September 1972

The Musical
In his third programme PETER TRANCHELL moves from the period between the two great wars. when Gershwin and Kern began the real boom in American musicals, to the 20s and 30s productions of Coward and Novello.
​​​​​​​Producer DAVID EPPS

12 April 1972 repeated 20 September 1972

The Musical
In his fourth programme PETER TRANCHELL discusses the changed climate of the decade after the second world war and contrasts the backward-looking English productions with the influx of more realistic ' beautifully staged, beautifully orchestrated, star-spangled American musicals '- headed by Richard Rodgers.
​​​​​​​Producer DAVID EPPS

19 April 1972 repeated ?
The Musical
For his final programme PETER TRANCHELL takes examples from the post-1955 era and contrasts the familiar style of some with others that break through the previously established conventions of the genre.
Producer DAVID EPPS

4 March 1974

Music in the Theatre Well, that was the intention
PETER TRANCHELL Surveys the growth of the masque from the mayings and mummings of Henry VIll 's time to the fantastically costly and elaborate productions enjoyed by James I

22 April 1974

Music in the Theatre To Delight and Entertain
The first of five programmes in which PETER TRANCHELL traces the development of the musical - the lighter, gayer side of theatrical music

29 April 1974

Music in the Theatre
From 'Just-So-Land' to Arcady PETER TRANCHELL examines some lyrics, and comments on the elegance and appeal of light opera during the early 1900s.

13 May 1974

Music in the Theatre 16: Slices of Life
PETER TRANCHELL discusses the changed climate of the decade after the second world war and contrasts the backward-looking English productions with the influx of more realistic ' beautifully staged. beautifully orchestrated. star-spangled American musicals ' headed by Richard Rodgers.

20 May 1974 

The Show of the Book
In the final programme of this series PETER TRANCHELL chooses musicals from the post-1955 era and contrasts the familiar style of some with others that break through the previously established conventions of the genre.
Series producer DAVID EPPS

12 June 1957

Theatre Night presents an extract from Zuleika
A new musical comedy suggested by Max Beerbohm's novel 'Zuleika Dobson'.
Scene: Oxford - 1911
A special performance from the Saville Theatre, London by arrangement with Donald Albery for Donmar Productions Ltd.