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The Larks of Dean


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by Michael Oliver
This book my property contains And here's my wages for my pains :
'Tis neither silver, brass nor gold -
Notes is the property 1 hold.
The story of some 18th- and early 19th-century workmen who were ' musicianers ' living in the Valley of Dean, eight miles south of Burnley in Lancashire. Based on the recollections of Moses Heap, who died in 1913, and whose memoirs in manuscript, together with some of the ' larks ' music notebooks, are now in Rawtenstall Public Library. with Leslie Sands as Moses Heap Other parts played by DAVID MAHLOWE and ALAN ROTHWELL The music of the larks transcribed by MICHAEL OLIVER , edited by MICHAEL COE and sung by the WILLIAM BYRD SINGERS, conducted by STEPHEN WILKIN SON. Directed by PATRICIA BRENT (Shortened version of the R3 broadcast)
A perpetual delight ... one of the most joyful things to come out of my radio this year. (DAVID WADE, The Times)


Unknown: Michael Oliver
Unknown: Leslie Sands
Played By: David Mahlowe
Played By: Alan Rothwell
Unknown: Michael Oliver
Edited By: Michael Coe
Singers: William Byrd
Conducted By: Stephen Wilkin
Directed By: Patricia Brent

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