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Story by William Faulkner
Read by Frank Atkinson


Story By: William Faulkner
Read By: Frank Atkinson


Lyrical comedy in three acts after
' The Merry Wives of Windsor '
Libretto by Arrigo Boito !
English translation by Humphrey Procter-Gregg
Music by Verdi
Cast in order of singing:
Burghers and street folk; Ford's servants; maskers as elves, fairies. witches
(Continued in next column)
BBC Opera Chorus
(Trained by John Clements )
BBC Opera Orchestra (Led by John Sharpe )
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Presented by Mark Lubbock
Narrator. Andrew Cruickshank
Act 1
Scene 1: Interior of ' The Garter Inn ' Scene 2: A garden


Unknown: Arrigo Boito
Translation By: Humphrey Procter-Gregg
Unknown: John Clements
Conductor: John Sharpe
Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Presented By: Mark Lubbock
Narrator: Andrew Cruickshank
Dr Caius, a physician: Parry Jones
Bardolph a follower of Falstaff: Jan van Der Gucht
Sir John Falstaff: Dennis Noble
Pistol, a follower of Falstaff: Martin Lawrence
Mistress Ford: Laelia Finneberg
Mistress Page: Flora Nielsen
Dame Quickly: Mary Jarred
Anne Ford (Nanette): Beryl Hatt
Fenton a young gentleman: Gwent Lewis
Ford a wealthy burgher: Stanley Pope


The Coussey Report on the Gold Coast by Kenneth Bradley , C.M.G.
In 1948 an all-African committee (the first of its kind in Africa) was set up under an African judge, Mr. Justice Coussey , to make recommendations on the political future of the Gold Coast. The committee has now submitted a unanimous report which has been largely accepted.
Kenneth Bradley , who spent over twenty years in administrative work in Africa and was formerly Under Secretary, Gold Coast, talks about the historical importance of this report.


Unknown: Gold Coast
Unknown: Kenneth Bradley
Unknown: Mr. Justice Coussey
Unknown: Kenneth Bradley


Act 2
Scene 1: Interior of ' The Garter Inn ' Scene 2: A room in Ford's house


The Pre-Historic Peoples by Glyn Daniel , Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and Lecturer in Archaeology in the University.


Unknown: Glyn Daniel


Act 3
Scene 1: Outside ' The Garter Inn ' Scene 2: Windsor Park


' Frost at Midnight'
' The Nightingale'
'Dejection: an Ode' ' An Ode to the Rain '
Douglas Leach , Robert Marsden
Production by Donald McWhinnie


Readers: Douglas Leach
Readers: Robert Marsden
Production By: Donald McWhinnie


Claudio Arrau (piano)
Impromptu in F sharp. Op. 36
Polonaise in F sharp minor. Op. 44 Berceuse. Op. 57
Allegro de concert, Op. 46 * Two Studies, Op. 10:
3. in E; 4. in C sharp minor
Last of eighteen programmes of music by Chopin


Piano: Claudio Arrau


Constant Lambert , who waa a personal friend of Bernard van Dieren , sketches a portrait of the composer


Unknown: Constant Lambert
Unknown: Bernard van Dieren


Symphony No. 2
Andante maestoso-allegro agitato; Allegro risoluto; Andante soatenuto; Andante mosso-allegro sostenuto played by the Prague Radio
Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Karel Ancerl


Conducted By: Karel Ancerl

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