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Sonata In C played by Else Marie Bruun (violin)
JuHus Koppel (violin) Alberto Medici (cello)
Mogens Woldike (harpsichord) on gramophone records


Violin: Else Marie Bruun
Violin: Juhus Koppel
Cello: Alberto Medici
Harpsichord: Mogens Woldike

: Robert Harris in ' THE DEATH OF ADAM'

Translated into English verse from the medieval Cornish and adapted for broadcasting, with additional passages in verse, by Terence Tiller
Cost in order of speaking:
Music composed by Elizabeth Poston
Orchestra conducted by Cyril Gelt with the BBC Singers
Produced by Terence Tiller


Unknown: Terence Tiller
Composed By: Elizabeth Poston
Conducted By: Cyril Gelt
Produced By: Terence Tiller
Narrators Jill Balcon: Oliver Burt
Samael (the Serpent): John Chandos
Eve: Rachel Gurney
Adam: Robert Harris
The Voice of God: Abraham Sofaer
Michael: Raf de la Torre
Seth: Duncan Carse

: Covent Garden Opera Syndicate presents the Covent Garden Opera Company in ' THE OLYMPIANS '

Opera in three acts
Libretto by J. B. Priestley
Music by Arthur Bliss
Cast in order of singing: Guests, servants, dancers
Covent Garden Opera Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Douglas Robinson )
Covent Garden Orchestra
(Leader, Joseph Shadwick )
Conducted by Peter Gellhorn
Producer, Peter Brook
From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
The action takes place In or near Berrasson. a small town in the South of France. Midsummer 1836
Act 1
A ground-floor room in the ' Golden Duck.' Morning of Midsummer Day


Unknown: J. B. Priestley
Music By: Arthur Bliss
Chorus-Master: Douglas Robinson
Leader: Joseph Shadwick
Conducted By: Peter Gellhorn
Producer: Peter Brook
Madame Bardeau, landlady of the'Golden Duck: Edith Coates
The Curé, an elderly rural priest: Murray Dickie
Jean, a porter at the ' Golden Duck: Ronald Lewis
Joseph Lavatte, a rich bourgeois: Howell Glynne
Hector de Florae, a young poet: James Johnston
Madeleine, Joseph Lavatte's daughter: Shirley Russell
The Olympians, a troupe of strolling Diana: Margherita Grandi
Bacchus: Thorsteinn Hannesson
Mars: David Franklin
Jupiter, manager of the troupe: Kenneth Schon
Alfred, a night-watchman in Lavatte's house: Rhydderch Davies


Asia's Indispensable Contribution by Joseph Needham , F.R.S.
In the second of two talks based on a lecture given to UNESCO at Beirut towards the end of last year, Dr. Needham speaks about developments in technology.


Unknown: Joseph Needham


Act 2
A large courtyard outside Lavatte's house. Night


by Geoffrey Taylor
Geoffrey Taylor talks about the invention of the lawn-mower in 1831, and its effect on the nineteenth-century's attitude to green grass kept finely shorn.'


Unknown: Geoffrey Taylor
Talks: Geoffrey Taylor


Act 3
The back of Lavatte's house. The small hours of the next morning


The Liberal Intellectual
Talk by A. J. P. Taylor
In reference to Harold Nicolson 's book, A. J. P. Taylor considers Constant as the first of the Liberal Intellectuals and discusses the part played by the ' free intelligence ’in modern society.


Talk By: A. J. P. Taylor
Unknown: Harold Nicolson
Unknown: A. J. P. Taylor


Evely Rothwell (oboe)
Stephen Waters (clarinet) Archie Camden (bassoon)
Dennis Brain (horn)
Denis Matthews (piano)
Stephen Waters (clarinet)
William Pleeth (cello) Margaret Good (piano)


Oboe: Evely Rothwell
Clarinet: Stephen Waters
Bassoon: Archie Camden
Horn: Dennis Brain
Piano: Denis Matthews
Clarinet: Stephen Waters
Cello: William Pleeth

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