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Talk by Herbert Butterfield , Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University
Professor Butterfield examines the nature of some of the things that obstruct our historical vision, and raises the question whether in this field the ultimate limitations of the human mind have been reached by modem historians


Talk By: Herbert Butterfield


A series of programmes arranged and presented by Elizabeth Poston
1—' The Root and the Flower '
Elsie Suddaby (soprano)
Veronica Mansfield
Bradbridge White (tenor)
Kendall Taylor (piano)
Aeolian String Quartet:
Alfred Cave (violin) Leonard Dight (violin), Watson Forbes (viola), John Moore (cello)
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
Welbeck Orchestra
Conductor, Maurice Miles


Presented By: Elizabeth Poston
Soprano: Elsie Suddaby
Mezzo-Soprano: Veronica Mansfield
Tenor: Bradbridge White
Piano: Kendall Taylor
Violin: Alfred Cave
Violin: Leonard Dight
Violin: Watson Forbes
Viola: John Moore
Chorus-Master: Leslie Woodgate
Conductor: Maurice Miles

: Godfrey Tearle with Sebastian Shaw in ' THE MADRAS HOUSE'

by Harley Granville-Barker
Adapted for broadcasting by Cynthia Pughe
Produced by Val Gielgud
Part 1


Unknown: Harley Granville-Barker
Broadcasting By: Cynthia Pughe
Produced By: Val Gielgud
Philip Madras: Sebastian Shaw
Henry Huxtable: Ivor Barnard
Katherine Huxjable: Ella Milne
Laura Huxtable: Peggy Cameron
Emma Huxtable: Molly Rankin
Jane Huxtable: Anne Cullen
Major Hippisly Thomas: Patrick Waddineton
Jessica Madras: Rita Vale
Constantine Madras: Godfrey Tearle
Amelia Madras: Margaret Halstan
Eustace Penin State: Eddy Reed
Marion Yates: Barbara Bliss
Mr Brigstock: Eliot Makeham
Mrs Brigstock: Joyce Barbour
Miss Chancellor: Gladys Spencer
Mr Belhaven: Frank Atkinson
Alice: Vanessa Thornton


Four Czech dances, for piano on gramophone records


String Quintet in C played by the Griller String Quartet:
Sidney Griller (violin). Jack O'Brien (violin), Philip Burton (viola), Colin Hampton (cello) with Gethyn Wykeham-George (cello)


Violin: Sidney Griller
Violin: Jack O'Brien
Violin: Philip Burton
Viola: Colin Hampton
Cello: Gethyn Wykeham-George


Readings from the works of great preachers from 1500 to the present day
2-John Donne's Second Prebend Sermon, preached at St. Paul's Cathedral in January 1625
Read by Stephen Murray
John Donne , who was not ordained until he was over forty, was appointed Dean of St. Paul's in 1621. Izaak Walton described him as ' preaching the Word so, as shewed his own heart was possest with those very thoughts and joyes that he labored to distill into others: a Preacher in earnest weeping sometimes for his Auditory, sometimes with them: alwayes preaching to himself, like an Angel from a cloud, but in none; carrying some, as St. Paul was, to Heaven in holy raptures, and inticing others by a sacred Art and Courtship to amend their lives; here picturing a vice so as to make it ugly to those that practiced it; and a vertue so as to make it beloved even by those that lov'd it not; all this with a most particular grace and an unexpressible addition of comeliness'


Read By: Stephen Murray
Read By: John Donne
Unknown: Izaak Walton

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