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: 'To Damascus'

A play in three parts by August Strinberg in a new translation and radio adaptation by Peter Watts
Part 1
with Cyril Shaps. Alan Reid, Arthur Lawrence, Jack Gwillim, Evelyn Moore, Elizabeth London
Produced by Peter Watts
(The recorded broadcast of Dec. 13)
(Part 2 on Tuesday at 21.30; Part 3 on Thursday at 19.50)


The Unknown Man: Valentine Dyall
The Lady: Catherine Salkeld
A Beggar (in disguise): Howieson Culff
The Doctor: John Glen
His Sister: Molly Lumley
'Caesar,' a madman: Anthony Jacobs
The Old Man: Stephen Jack
The Mother: Ella Milne
The Abbess: Molly Rankin
Unknown: Cyril Shaps
Unknown: Alan Reid
Unknown: Arthur Lawrence
Unknown: Jack Gwillim
Unknown: Evelyn Moore
Unknown: Elizabeth London
Produced By: Peter Watts

: Agrippina

An opera in three acts
Libretto by Vincenzo Grimani
Music by Handel
(sung in Italian)
Cast in order of singing:
Agrippina, wife of Claudius … Magda Laszlo
Nero, her son by a former marriage … Petre Munteanu
Freed slaves:
Pallas … Georgio Tadeo
Narcissus … Maria Amadini
Lesbos, servant to Claudius … Enrico Campi
Otto, a Roman general … Giuseppe Taddei
Poppea, a noble lady of Rome … Onelia Fineschi
Claudius, Emperor of Rome … Mario Petri

The goddess Juno … Maria Amadini
Orchestra of Radio Italiana, Milan
Conducted by Antonio Pedrotti
Scene: Rome in the first century A.D.
Act 1
Scene 1: Agrippina's apartment
Scene 2: The Forum of the Capitol
Scene 3: Poppea's room


Conducted By: Antonio Pedrotti
Agrippina, wife of Claudius: Magda Laszlo
Nero, her son by a former marriage: Petre Munteanu
Freed slave: Pallas: Georgio Tadeo
Freed slave: Narcissus: Maria Amadini
Lesbos, servant to Claudius: Enrico Campi
Otto, a Roman general: Giuseppe Taddei
Poppea, a noble lady of Rome: Onelia Fineschi
Claudius, Emperor of Rome: Mario Petri
The goddess Juno: Maria Amadini

: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Talk by J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolken, the translator of the recently broadcast poem, speaks about its meaning and place in the literature of the Chaucerian period.


Speaker: J.R.R. Tolkien

: Agrippina

Act 2
Scene 1: A street in Rome by the palace
Scene 2: A garden with a fountain
Scene 3: Agrippina's retiring-room
Act 3
Scene 1: Poppea's room
Scene 2: A hall in the royal palace

: 'Poema de Mio Cid'

A new translation into English by W. S. Merwin of the medieval Spanish epic
Produced by Terence Tiller in six parts
Cantar 1 (Part 1)
The Cid, Ruy Diaz, is exiled by the King of Castille, collects his friends and vassals, and adventures against the Moors.
Narrator … James McKechnie
El Cid … Oliver Burt
Alvar Fanez … Marne Maitland
Girl … Marjorie Westbury
Antolinez … Anthony Jacobs
Raquel … Peter Augustine
Vidas … Martin Benson
Jimena … Nicolette Bernard
Abbot Sancho … Ralph Truman
Angel Gabriel … Tom Lake
(Part 2 on January 10)


Unknown: W. S. Merwin
Produced By: Terence Tiller
Unknown: Ruy Diaz
Narrator: James McKechnie
El Cid: Oliver Burt
Alvar Fanez: Marne Maitland
Girl: Marjorie Westbury
Antolinez: Anthony Jacobs
Raquel: Peter Augustine
Vidas: Martin Benson
Jimena: Nicolette Bernard
Abbot Sancho: Ralph Truman
Angel Gabriel: Tom Lake

: Schubert and Brahms

Jack Brymer (clarinet)
Amadeus String Quartet: Norbert Brainin (violin), Siegmund Nissel (violin), Peter Schidlof (vioia), Martin Lovett (cello)
Quartet in A minor, Op. 29 … Schubert
Quintet in B minor, Op. 115, for clarinet and strings … Brahms


Clarinet: Jack Brymer
Violin: Norbert Brainin
Violin: Siegmund Nissel
Violin: Peter Schidlof
Cello: Martin Lovett

: 'The Changing Law'

A talk on Lord Justice Denning's book by C.J. Hamson, Professor of Comparative Law in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity College
(Followed by an interlude at 21.50)


Speaker: C.J. Hamson

: John Dowland

Ayres for Four Voices
Come again, sweet love doth now invite; Can she excuse my wrongs?: Woeful heart with grief oppressed; Awake sweet love; In this trembling shadow cast; Sleep wayward thoughts; When Phoebus first did Daphne love; O what hath overwrought?; Were every thought an eye
The Golden Age Singers:
Margaret Field-Hyde (soprano), John Whitworth (counter-tenor), René Soames (tenor), Gordon Clinton (baritone)
Directed by Margaret Field-Hyde
with Julian Bream (lute)
Introduced by Thurston Dart
The first of four programmes of ayres by Dowland from volume 6 of Musica Britannica


Soprano: Margaret Field-Hyde
Counter-tenor: John Whitworth
Tenor: René Soames
Baritone: Gordon Clinton
Director: Margaret Field-Hyde
Lute: Julian Bream
Presenter: Thurston Dart

: The Social Aspects of Southern African Music

Talk by Hugh Tracey
The speaker, who was Regional Director of Broadcasting in Durban for more than twelve years, has spent the last few years recording African folk music, mostly in the southern half of the continent. He will play some of these records in a programme on January 13.


Speaker: Hugh Tracey

: John Ireland

Four Preludes: The undertone; Obsession; The Holy Boy; Fire of spring
Sarnia—an island sequence: Le Catioroc; In a May morning; Song of the springtides played by Eric Parkin (piano)
The first of tour recitals of piano music by John Ireland.


Piano: Eric Parkin
Music By: John Ireland.

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