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An anthology of words and music, selected and presented by James Fisher and Geoffrey Grigson
A short account of the history-natural, literary, and legendary-of the best-beloved birds of poets and musicians. With illustrations read by Hedley Goodall and Charles E. Stidwill , and sound recordings by Ludwig Koch
Musical decorations include The Sweet Nightingale ' specially recorded for this programme by Marjorie Westbury John Runge. and the Choir of Red Maids' School, Bristol, accompanied by the Harold C Gee Sextet, conducted by Francis Collinson
Produced by Desmond Hawkins


Presented By: James Fisher
Presented By: Geoffrey Grigson
Read By: Hedley Goodall
Read By: Charles E. Stidwill
Unknown: Ludwig Koch
Programme By: Marjorie Westbury John Runge.
Conducted By: Francis Collinson
Produced By: Desmond Hawkins

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