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Opera in three acts by Handel
English translation by Geoffrey Dunn
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
The Boyd Neel Orchestra
(Leader, Emanuel Hurwitz ) Winifred Davey (continuo)
Conducted by Stanford Robinson
Répétiteur, Leo Wurmser
Scene: Abydos in Asia Minor, and the shores of the Hellespont. About 480 B.C.
Act 1
Scene 1: A garden
Scene 2: A courtyard in the city Scene 3: A garden pavilion


Unknown: Handel
Translation By: Geoffrey Dunn
Chorus-Master: Leslie Woodgate
Leader: Emanuel Hurwitz
Leader: Winifred Davey
Conducted By: Stanford Robinson
Unknown: Leo Wurmser
Xerxes, King of Persia: Heddle Nash
Arsamenes, his brother (in love with Romilda): Roderick Jones
Elviro, servant to Arsamenes: Owen Brannigan
Daughters of Ariodates Romilda: Ruth Packer
Daughters of Ariodates:Atalanta: Margaret Ritchie
Amastns, a princess (disguised as a warrior): Anna Pollak
Ariodates, a prince (field-marshal of Xerxes armies): Trevor Anthony


A tribute on the occasion of his 80th birthday, by Roger Senhouse
Norman Douglas is author of ' South Wind,' ' Together,' and ' Looking Back '


Unknown: Roger Senhouse
Unknown: Norman Douglas


Act 2
Scene 1: A square in the city
Scene 2: A camp on the shores of the Hellespont
Scene 3: A lonely spot outside the city
8.25 Interlude
8.35 Act 3
Scene 1: A gallery in Ariodates' palace Scene 2: A glade in the grounds of the palace
Scene 3: A hall in the palace

: The Writing of History—1 THE CHARACTER OF CHARLES I

Material and advice supplied by C. V. Wedgwood
Script by Jenifer Wayne
Production by Leonard Cottrell
This is the first, of a series of programmes on the writing of history. It is an attempt to sift facts from prejudices and to show, with special references to the ' martyr king, how a historical reputation is made. The material is taken from historians past and present: it includes accounts of Charles by his contemporaries


Script By: Jenifer Wayne
Production By: Leonard Cottrell


played by Frank Laffitte (piano)
Fourth of a series of seven recitals


Played By: Frank Laffitte


Talk by A. P. Ryan
Horace is widely thought of as a Latin Charles Lamb. bursting with avuncular good humour and quotable tags. This talk considers him as one of the greatest lyric poets of the world and speculates about his future (The recorded broadcast of Dec. 15)


Talk By: A. P. Ryan
Unknown: Charles Lamb.


Symphony No. 3, in G, for strings played by the Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise
Conducted by Roger Desormiere on gramophone records


Conducted By: Roger Desormiere

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