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: The First Stage: 4: Mystery Plays: The Betrayal, Trial, and Crucifixion

A chronicle of the development of English drama from its beginnings to the 1580s

Music composed by Elizabeth Poston and played by the Goldsbrough Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Robinson
(The recorded broadcast of Jan. 20)

Mysteries, Miracles, and Moralities: February 17 and 22. Full details of the thirteen programmes in the series are contained in The First Stage, a handbook by John Barton which may be obtained through newsagents and booksellers or post free by crossed postal order for 2s. 6d. from [address removed]


Arranged for broadcasting by/Presenter: John Barton
Producer/Edited by: Raymond Raikes
Music composed by: Elizabeth Poston
Music played by: The Goldsbrough Orchestra
Conductor: Douglas Robinson
Pilate: James McKechnie
Caiaphas: Howieson Culff
Annas: Cyril Shaps
Judas: Anthony Jacobs
Beadle: Carleton Hobbs
Centurion: Howard Marion-Crawford
Malchus: Haydn Jones
Jesus: Deryck Guyler
Peter: Denis Goacher
John: John Gordon
Woman: Mary Wimbush
First soldier: Trevor Martin
Second soldier: Malcolm Hayes
Mary: June Tobin
Simon of Cyrene: Martin Lewis

: Bruckner

String Quintet in F played by the Element Quartet: Ernest Element (violin), Kenneth Page (violin), Dorothy Hemming (viola), Oliver Brookes (cello) with Frank Venton (viola)


Violinist: Ernest Element
Violinist: Kenneth Page #
Viola player: Dorothy Hemming
Cellist: Oliver Brookes
Viola player: Frank Venton

: Third Thoughts On The Industrial Revolution

by H.L. Beales, formerly Reader in Economic History in the University of London

Mr. Beales believes that the reaction against the dark picture of the Industrial Revolution painted by the Hammonds has now gone too far. He feels that current interpretations are misleading in the same sort of way as the Whig interpretation of history was misleading.


Speaker: H.L. Beales

: Rossini: Petite Messe Solenelle

(Also broadcast on Friday)


Composer: Giaochino Rossini

: Two Strauss Premieres

Talk by Sir George Stuart Robertson, Q.C. The speaker was present at the first performance of Elektra at Dresden in 1909 and of Der Rosenkavalier, also at Dresden, in 1911


Speaker: Sir George Stuart Robertson, QC

: Five Great Odes: 2: The Spirit and the Water

Translated from 'Cinq Grandes Odes' and introduced by Geoffrey Brereton.
Reader, Valentine Dyall
(Magnificat 1: February 21)


Author: Paul Claudel
Translator/Presenter: Geoffrey Brereton
Reader: Valentine Dyall

: Prokofiev

Sonata No. 9, Op. 103
Allegretto; Allegro strepitoso; Andante tranquillo; Allegro con brio non troppo presto (first performance in this country)


Piano: Ross Pratt

: The Theory and Practice of Robin Hood

A talk by Eric Hobsbawm on bandits and highwaymen
(The recorded broadcast of Dec. 10)


Speaker: Eric Hobsbawm

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