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HUGH THE DROVER'

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or ' Love in the Stocks'
A romantic ballad opera in two acts
Libretto by Harold Child
Music by R. Vaughan Williams
Chorus and inhabitants of the town and Soldiers
The BBC Theatre Chorus, The BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder, Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Place: A small town in the Cotswolds about 1812
Scene: Act 1: A fair in an open field near the town about 11 a.m. on Monday, April 30
Act 2 : A street in the town, 4 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1
Narration written by Wilfrid Rooke Ley, spoken by Kaye Seeley
Production by Stanford Robinson , in collaboration with Gordon McConnel , Rex Haworth , and Charles Groves
By the time Vaughan Williams had finished his first opera, Hugh the Drover, in 1914, he had written the Sea Symphony, the London Symphony, the song-cycle ' On Wenlock Edge ', and the Tallis Fantasia. His attention was turned at that time to folk song. and Hugh the Drover is full of that kind of music.
Like Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov and Smetana's Bartered Bride, Vaughan Williams 's Hugh the Drover is a national opera. Its background is a great historical fact, the threatened invasion of England by Napoleon. The characters are the common people of the country, and the customs of folk life enter naturally into the story.
For the story of the opera, readers are referred to page 14 of last week's issue of the RADIO TIMES, where they will find an article by Scott Goddard which served as a background to the first broadcast performance last Friday.

Contributors

Music: R. Vaughan Williams
Leader: Tate Gilder
Written By: Wilfrid Rooke
Spoken By: Kaye Seeley
Conductor and producer: Stanford Robinson
Collaborating producers: Gordon McConnel, Rex Haworth, Charles Groves
The Constable: Samuel Worthington
Mary (his daughter): Rose Alper
Aunt Jane (his sister): Gladys Palmer
John the Butcher (betrothed to Mary): Redvers Llewellyn
Hugh the Drover: Webster Booth
Turnkey: Powell Lloyd
Act 1 only: Showman: Robert Irwin
Cheap Jack: Stearn Scott
Shell-Fish Seller: James Bond
Primrose Seller: Marjory Grant
Ballad Seller: Reginald Mitchell
Act 2 only: Sergeant: John Hargreaves

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