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A lyric drama for radio
Written by James Forsyth for music by Brian Easdale
A section of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, David McCallum )
Seamus Ennis (Irish pipes) Conducted by Patrick Savill
Production by Douglas Cleverdon
In November 1950 a programme devoted to the ' tradition, songs, and stories of the grey Atlantic seal ' was broadcast in the Third Programme under the title Sons of the Sea. The story of Seelkie is based on one of the folk tales heard in that programme. It describes the arrival of a seal-woman on the Island of the Tree m ,he Western Isles, and her meeting with Hewan, the fisherman. He gives her the name Seelkie.


Written By: James Forsyth
Music By: Brian Easdale
Leader: David McCallum
Leader: Seamus Ennis
Conducted By: Patrick Savill
Production By: Douglas Cleverdon
Seelkie, the seal-woman: Glenice Halliday
Hewan. the fisherman: John Camburn
Hewan. the fisherman: Duncan McLntyre
The Mother of Hewan: Marjorie Westbury
The Laird of the Isles: Lloyd Strauss-Smith
Fergus, the ferryman: James Cairncross
The Seabirds: Eileen McLoughlin,
The Seabirds: Eilidh McNab,
The Seabirds: Pamela Petts,
The Seabirds: Elizabeth Cooper


by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
Adapted for radio by Peter Watta with George Hagan , Joan Clement Scott
Elizabeth London , Elsa Palmer and a section of the BBC Singers Contemporary music collected and arranged by Jeremy Noble
Fanfares composed by John Hotchkis
Produced by Peter Watts


Unknown: Francis Beaumont
Unknown: John Fletcher
Unknown: Peter Watta
Unknown: George Hagan
Unknown: Joan Clement Scott
Unknown: Elizabeth London
Unknown: Elsa Palmer
Arranged By: Jeremy Noble
Composed By: John Hotchkis
Produced By: Peter Watts
Melantius, a captain: Valentine Dyall
Diphilus, his brother: T. St.John Barry
Aspatia, betrothed to Amintor: Joan Hart
Cleon, a lord of Rhodes: Peter Goss
Amintor, a young officer: Frank Duncan
Strato, a lord: Michael Turner
Calianax, father of Aspatia: Baliol Holloway
Diagoras, a court official: James Wellman
The King of Rhodes: Heron Carvic
Evadne, sister to Melantius: Maxine Audley
Dula, attendant on Evadne: Marjorie Westbury


Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde;
Der Einsame im Herbst; Von der Jugend;
Von der Schönheit;
Der Trunkene im Fruhlmg; Der Absdhied
Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Julius Patzak (tenor)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Bruno Walter on gramophone records
Ernest Bradbury writes: There should be a wide audience for this broadcast of The Song of the Earth (Mahler's setting of six poems translated from the Chinese by Hans Bethge ) not only for the aching, poignant beauty of music that is steadily gaining new admirers but because the recording is that by the late Kathleen Ferrier , with Bruno Walter conducting. It is now well known how
Kathleen Ferrier , under Walter's guidance, in a few years matured and broadened into one of the finest interpreters of Mahler's songs, and rhe matchless radiance of her singing is here at its best


Contralto: Kathleen Ferrier
Tenor: Julius Patzak
Conducted By: Bruno Walter
Unknown: Ernest Bradbury
Unknown: Hans Bethge
Unknown: Kathleen Ferrier
Unknown: Bruno Walter
Unknown: Kathleen Ferrier


Talk by Noel Annan
Fellow of King's College, Cambridge
In this talk Mr. Annan analyses Kipling's vision of society and compares it with that of Dudtheim and Weber.


Talk By: Noel Annan


Partita-No. 2, in C minor Partfta No. 6, in E minor played by Geraint Jones (harpsichord)
Fourth of six programmes of harpstchord music from Bach's Clavieriibung


Harpsichord: Geraint Jones


Talk by W. H. McCrea Professor of Mathematics
In the University of London
Renewed interest in Jeans's work, occasioned by the publication of his biography by the late Professor E. A. Milne of Oxford, enables Professor McCrea to took afresh at Jeans's writings and cosmology.


Talk By: W. H. McCrea
Unknown: Professor E. A. Milne

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