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First of two talks by Elizabeth Zeeman
Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge with readings by Gary Watson from
' The Seafarer '
'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' and ' Piers Plowman '


Unknown: Gary Watson
Unknown: Piers Plowman


Choir of Salisbury Cathedral
Master of the Choristers,
Douglas Guest
Christopher Dearnley (organ)
The Eton Choir Book, a large and beautifully illuminated manuscript in Eton College Library, is the oldest extant collection of early Tudor music, consisting of compositions by English composers of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.


Unknown: Christopher Dearnley


Translated and freely adapted by Sybil Welch and Colin Welch from Johann Nestroy 's farce
'Freiheit in Krähwinkel'
Adapted for broadcasting by Cynthia Pughe
Cast in order of speaking:
Other parts played by Patrick Westwood , Hamilton Dyce
John Gabriel , andFrank Tickle
Robert Rietty and Alan Reid with the BBC Chorus
Music composed by Elizabeth Poston directed by Patrick Savill
Production by Norman Wright
Krahwinkel is a traditional fools' town —a German equivalent of our Gotham.


Adapted By: Sybil Welch
Adapted By: Colin Welch
Unknown: Johann Nestroy
Broadcasting By: Cynthia Pughe
Played By: Patrick Westwood
Played By: Hamilton Dyce
Played By: John Gabriel
Unknown: Frank Tickle
Singers: Robert Rietty
Singers: Alan Reid
Composed By: Elizabeth Poston
Directed By: Patrick Savill
Production By: Norman Wright
Nightwatchman: Stanley Groome
Pemperl: Rolf Lefebvre
Schabenf ellner: Derek Birch
Klaus: Felix Felton
Cacilie: Sulwen Morgan
Willibald Wachs: Allan McClelland
Waiter: Patrick Westwood
Pfiffspitz: Hamilton Dyce
Gerhard von Ultra: Robert Rietty
Reaczerl Edler von Zopf: John Wyse
Frau von Frankenfrei: Margaret Ward
The Burgomaster: Eric Anderson
An Actor-Manager: John Gabriel
Emerenzia: Hester Paton Brown
Sperling Edler von Spatz: Alan Reid
Rummelpuff: Frank Tickle
Frau Pemperl: Joan Clement Scott
Frau Schabenfellner: Ella Milne
Frau Klöppel: Catherine Salkeld
Frau von Schnabelbeiss: Gladys Spencer
Adele: Julia Braddock
Walpurga: Viola Merrett


2-The Role of the Myth byEly Devons
Professor of Economics in the University of Manchester
In the first of these talks Professor S. E. Finer suggested that we should recognise the indispensable role played by pressure groups in modern society. Professor Devons argues that such myths as that of ministerial responsibility are none the less valuable.


Unknown: Ely Devons
Unknown: S. E. Finer


played by Eric Parkin
Ondine; Le gibet;
The fourth of six recitals of French piano music


Played By: Eric Parkin


by Hugh MacDiarmid
A reading of selected passage*


Unknown: Hugh MacDiarmid

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