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Chamber music played by Musica Antiqua :
Nicolas Roth (violin)
Johann Feltkamp (flute)
Hans Brandts Buys (harpsichord) Carel Boomkamp (viola da gamba)


Played By: Musica Antiqua
Violin: Nicolas Roth
Flute: Johann Feltkamp
Viola: Carel Boomkamp


2—'The Empty Quarter'
Talk by Wilfred Thesiger
Wilfred Thesiger is the third English-man to have crossed the Rub El Khali , the Empty Quarter, a great desert tract of Southern Arabia. Here Mr. Thesiger has spent most of the last two years, and he has recently returned to the Empty Quarter for further exploration. Before he left, he recorded this analysis of the fascination he feels for ' a half mythical land of emptiness and death ' and the people who inhabit it


Talk By: Wilfred Thesiger
Talk By: Wilfred Thesiger
Unknown: El Khali


(Sacred Service) by Ernest Bloch sung by the City of Birmingham Choir and Roy Henderson (baritone) with the City of Birmingham Orchestra
Conductor, G. D. Cunningham
From the Town Hall. Birmingham


Unknown: Ernest Bloch
Unknown: Birmingham Choir
Baritone: Roy Henderson
Conductor: G. D. Cunningham


Introduced by I;ord David Cecil
The passages of prose chosen by Lord David Cecil are taken from a variety of English letter-writers
Readers, Mary O'Farrell and Leonard Sachs


Unknown: David Cecil
Unknown: Lord David Cecil
Readers: Mary O'Farrell
Readers: Leonard Sachs


A sequence of eight readings from
Wordsworth's ' The Prelude' and seven talks relating to the poem, edited by Herbert Read , will be broadcast during the next three weeks
This evening, in the first two talks, Herbert Read introduces the series and Helen Darbishire speaks on the 1805-6 and 1850 versions of the poem


Edited By: Herbert Read
Introduces: Herbert Read


Peter Pears (tenor)
Benjamin Britten (piano)
Zorian String Quartet:
Olive Zorian (violin)
Marjorie Lavers (violin)
Winifred Copperwheat (viola)
Norina Semino (cello)


Tenor: Peter Pears
Piano: Benjamin Britten
Violin: Olive Zorian
Violin: Marjorie Lavers
Viola: Winifred Copperwheat
Cello: Norina Semino

: U.S.A. AND U.S.S.R.

A Personal Picture
Alaric Jacob , who during the last ten years has been a foreign correspondent, first in Washington and then in Moscow, assesses -from a personal standpoint-some of the national qualities of the United States and the Soviet Union that have impressed him most


Unknown: Alaric Jacob


Recollections of a Pioneer in Medicine by Leonard Colebrook F.R.S. ,
Sir Almroth Wright , who died last April, will be remembered by many as the originator of anti-typhoid inoculation ('T.A.B.'), so widely and successfully used in the recent war. In the early years of this century doctors came from all over the world to learn the ingenious methods he had devised for testing the blood of patients suffering from various infective diseases
Dr. Colebrook is singularly well qualified by length of acquaintanceship and depth of friendship to sketch a portrait of this remarkable man


Unknown: Leonard Colebrook F.R.S.
Unknown: Sir Almroth Wright

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