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London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Barbirolli : Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Tchaikovsky)—Scene ; Dance of the little Swans ; Waltz ; Scene, Hungarian Dance'; Czardas
New Light. Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent :-Three-Cornered Hat (Falla)- The Neighbours ; The Miller's Dance ; Final Dance


Conducted By:
John Barbirolli
Conducted By:
Malcolm Sargent

by Captain R. Harrison and Stephen Potter
Production by Stephen Potter
Nothing about the past makes us doubt the goodness of Good Old Times so much as the institution of the Press Gang. It was a shadow which lay over the lives of almost every man in the country. No matter if he had never seen the sea before in his life : no matter if his capture meant throwing his wife and children on the parish : there was always the chance that he might find himself suddenly condemned to the slavery of the old naval service, where his health would be ruined by rotten food an'd his character brutalised by cruelty and unnecessary suffering.
Listeners may remember that Captain Harrison took part in the P. & 0. programme last autumn. While in the studios he suggested the subject of this production. He is the Commodore of the P. & 0. Fleet. While the programme is being performed he will be with his ship, the Stratheden.


Captain R. Harrison
Stephen Potter
Production By:
Stephen Potter

An Opera by Handel
(Adapted from his unperformed pasticcio 'Jupiter in Argos')
Libretto by Albert G. Latham
Music arranged by Julian Herbage and Ralph Graves
The cast
The BBC Singers (A):
Margaret Godley, Margaret Rees, Gladys Winmill, Doris Owens, Bradbridge White, Martin Boddey, Stanley Riley, Samuel Dyson
The BBC Orchestra
(Section C)
Led by Laurance Turner
Conducted by Boyd Neel

Cassiopeia, Queen of Ethiopia, has foolishly boasted that her daughter Andromeda is fairer than Ianeira, favourite daughter of Poseidon, the god of the ocean. Incensed by the insult, Poseidon has caused the land to be ravaged by earthquake and flood. In an attempt to appease the sea god, Cassiopeia strips off her jewels and casts them as an offering into the waves. But this merely enrages Poseidon the more; there is only one way of atonement. The beautiful Andromeda must be sacrificed to a sea monster. Amid the lamentations of her people Andromeda is chained to a rock by the sea to await her doom.
The Argive hero, Perseus, flying on winged sandals, is returning in triumph after having slain the dread gorgon, Medusa. He learns from Cepheus, King of Ethiopia, of Andromeda's plight, and at once determines to give battle to the sea monster. After a fierce combat, during which the whole sky is darkened by thunder clouds,, he cleaves the monster with a stroke of his sword. The clouds disperse, a rosy dawn floods the sky, and Andromeda declares her love for her deliverer, who claims her as his bride.

An article on the romantic story behind this opera will be found on page 12.


Albert G. Latham
Ralph Graves
Laurance Turner
Conducted By:
Boyd Neel
Laelia Finneberg
Ruth Naylor
Constance Stocker
Trefor Jones
Redvers Llewellyn
Stanley Riley

The Hon. Harold Nicolson ,
C.M.G., M.P.
Tonight the Hon. Harold Nicolson , one of the best known and most entertaining of broadcasters, is to give his fourth broadcast in this series in which he is talking on anything and everything of topical interest. News, not necessarily political ; gossip, not necessarily social ; information, not necessarily literary. News he hears about-at Westminster, in Mayfair, wherever he may have been-he will pass on to listeners week by week.
The Hon. Harold Nicolson has represented West Leicester in the National Labour interest since 1935.
He has had a long and varied career in the diplomatic service, having held appointments in Madrid, Constantinople, Teheran, and Berlin. He is also well known as author, journalist, and critic.


Harold Nicolson
Harold Nicolson
Harold Nicolson

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