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A series of six programmes arranged and introduced by Egon Wellesz 2
-The Primitive Chant and Jewish Chant. In this programme Egon Wellesz discusses the earliest musical traditions in the Jewish chants from Yemen and also the liturgy of the christianised Syrians, who were the first to practise antiphonal singing of the psalms.


Introduced By: Egon Wellesz

: Gazooka

A Rhondda reminiscence by Gwyn Thomas
Produced by Elwyn Evans
This programme recalls that 'long, idle, sunlit summer' of 1926, the year of the General Strike. 'By the beginning of June,' says Gwyn Thomas, 'the hills were bulging with a clearer loveliness than they had ever had before. And then, out of the quietness and golden light, a new excitement was born. The carnivals and the jazz bands...'
(A new production of the programme broadcast in the Welsh Home Service in January 1952)


Speaker: Gwyn Thomas
Producer: Elwyn Evans


An opera in three acts and an epilogue
A fable by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman
Music by Stravinsky
Servants, whores and roaring boys, citizens, madmen
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, David McCallum ) CONDUCTED BY PAUL Sacher
George Coop and Dennis Arundell
Producer, Dennis Arundell
The action takes place in eighteenth-century England
(Continued in next column)
Act 1
Sc. 1: Trulove's garden. Spring afternoon Sc. 2: Mother Goose 's brothel, London.
Sc. 3: As Sc. t. Autumn night


Unknown: W. H. Auden
Unknown: Chester Kallman
Chorus-Master: Leslie Woodgate
Leader: David McCallum
Conducted By: Paul Sacher
Unknown: George Coop
Unknown: Dennis Arundell
Producer: Dennis Arundell
Unknown: Mother Goose
Trulove (bass): Appleton Moore
Anne, his daughter (soprano): Gwen Catley
Tom Rakewell(tenor): Alexander Young
Nick Shadow (baritone): Otakar Kraus
Mother Goose (mezzo-soprano): Elsie Boardman
Baba the Turk(mezzo-soprano): Anna Pollak
Sellem, auctioneer(tenor): Jan van Der Gucht
Keeper of the madhouse (bass): Norman Lumsden

: The Ballad and the Rebel

Talk by R. H. Hilton
Lecturer in History in the University of Birmingham
The speaker traces the legend of Robin Hood from its origin in the anonymous ballads of the Middle Ages and relates these ballads and their hero to the life of the medieval English peasant.


Talk By: R. H. Hilton
Unknown: Rob Hood


Act 2
Sc. 1: The morning-room of Rakewell's house in London. Autumn morning
Sc. 2: The street before Rakewell's house.
Autumn dusk
Sc. 3: As Act 2 Sc. t. Winter morning


An argument about the efficacy of the present policy by Arthur' Hazlewood
Tutor in Economics at the Oxford University Institute of Colonial Studies
Both the Government and the Opposition are committed to a policy of ' * development and welfare ' for the Colonies. Bus according to the speaker, the financial assistance given has so far been prevented from achieving its object.


Act 3
Sc. 1: The morning-room of Rakewell's house. Spring afternoon
Sc. 2: A churchyard. The same night Sc. 3: Bedlam


Edith Sitwell introduces a programme on the novelist Denton Welch, who died at the age of thirty-three in 1948 as a result of an accident
Jocelyn Brooke. who has edited Denton Welch's journals for publication, presents a selection of passages from them, read by Alan Whealley


Introduces: Edith Sitwell
Read By: Alan Whealley


Quartet in F played by the Hungarian String Quartet:
Zoltan Szekely (violin)
Alexander Moskowsky (violin)
Laurent Halleux (viola)
Vilmos Palotai (cello)


Violin: Zoltan Szekely
Violin: Alexander Moskowsky
Viola: Laurent Halleux
Cello: Vilmos Palotai

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