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: The First Stage: 5: Mysteries, Miracles, and Moralities

A chronicle of the development of English drama from its beginnings to the 1580s
Arranged for broadcasting and introduced by John Barton

The Resurrection and Ascension (taken mainly from the York Cycle)
Extract from 'Mary Magdalene' (fifteenth century)
Play of Sacrament (1461)
With the Ambrosian Singers and the Goldsbrough Orchestra


Presenter/Arranged for broadcasting by: John Barton
Producer/Editor: Raymond Raikes
Music composed by: Elizabeth Poston
Orchestra conducted by: Douglas Robinson
Pilate: James McKechnie
Caiaphas: Howieson Culff
Annas: Cyril Shaps
Centurion: Howard Marion-Crawford
First Knight: Carleton Hobbs
Second Knight: Leonard Trolley
Third Knight: Haydn Jones
Mary Magdalene: Mary Wimbush
Mary Salome: Peggy Thorpe-Bates
Mary Mother of Jesus: June Tobin
Jesus: Deryck Guyler
Peter: Denis Goacher
John: John Gordon
Andrew: Allan McClelland
Lechery (later disguised as Curiosity,a gallant): Anthony Jacobs
Mary Magdalene: Mary Wimbush
Taverner: Haydn Jones
Sir Aristorius, a merchant: Howard Marion-Crawford
Peter Paul, his curate: James Thomason
Sir Jonathas, a Jew: Malcolm Hayes
His servants - Malchus: Allan McClelland
His servants - Masphat: Leonard Trolley
Colle, Brandy's man: Anthony Jacobs
Master Brandy, a physician: Haydn Jones
Bishop of Eraclea: Carleton Hobbs

: Dvorak

Serenade in D minor. Op. 44 played by the Portia Wind Ensemble
Conductor, James Verity
Rosemary Wells, Mary Murdoch (oboes); Thea King, Georgina Dobree (clarinets); Deirdre Dundas-Grant, Wendy Robinson (bassoons); Shirley Hopkins, Valerie Smith, Heather Crump (horns) with Joy Hall (cello) and Joan Hutchinson (double-bass)


Conductor: James Verity
Oboeist: Rosemary Wells
Oboeist: Mary Murdoch
Clarinettist: Thea King
Clarinettist: Georgina Dobree
Bassoonist: Deirdre Dundas-Grant
Bassoonist: Wendy Robinson
Horn player: Shirley Hopkins
Horn player: Valerie Smith
Horn player: Heather Crump
Cellist: Joy Hall
Double-bassist: Joan Hutchinson

: The World of Industry: The Dilemma of the Personnel Officer

by J.O. Blair-Cunynhame, OBE, Director-General of Staff at the National Coal Board.
A new series of monthly talks.

Mr. Blair-Cunynghame believes that perhaps the central problem for the personnel officer is that he has to reconcile being an integral part of management with maintaining, on occasions, a slightly different position from other members of the management team.


Speaker: J.O. Blair-Cunynhame, OBE

: Ruiselle

Poem by Roger Pillaudin
Music by Maurice Jarre
Produced by Alain Trutat for Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise
Orchestra conducted by Serge Baudo

Ruisselle, which was awarded the 1955 Italia Prize for a musical work with text, is a poem for voices, music, and microphones in which the sound elements— combined, contrasted, or superimposed-are so treated as to create a poetic atmosphere within which the action can develop unhindered. Kis, a poet, retraces the course of a dream in search of the image from which it flowed. This image is Ruisselle, the impalpable creation of Cacta la Verte, the queen of the forbidden land of dreams.

See also Monday at 7.30


Poem by: Roger Pillaudin
Music: Maurice Jarre
Producer: Alain Trutat
Orchestra conducted by: Serge Baudo
Kis: Daniel Gelin
Ruisselle: Isabelle Pia
Cacta la Verte: Maria Casares
Le Monsieur: Jean-Christophe Benoit
Nadesache: Roger Blin
Le Comte: Francois Chaumette
Univox: Roger Hannin
Keralio: Pierre Reynal
Gelseneur: Pierre Vanek

: Elektra

A tragedy in one act
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Music by Richard Strauss
(Recording made available by courtest of Westdeutscher Rundfunk)


Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Music: Richard Strauss
Singers/Musicians: Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne
Chorus-Master: Bernhard Zimmermann
Conductor: Richard Kraus
Producer: Karl O. Koch
Five Maids: Ilsa Ihme-Sabisch
Five Maids: Trude Roesler
Five Maids: Marianne Schroder
Five Maids: Marlies Siemeling
Five Maids: Kathe Moller-Siepermann
The Overseer: Kathe Retzmann
Elektra: Astrid Varnay
Chrysothemis: Leonie Rysanek
Clytemnestra: Res Fischer
Her Confidante: Gertie Charlent
Her Trainbearer: Helen Petrich
A Young Servant: Hasso Eschert
An Old Servant: Arno Reinhardt
Orestes: Hans Hotter
His Guardian: Heiner Horn
Aegistheus: Helmut Melchert

: The Poetry of Langland

Talk by Elizabeth Zeeman


Speaker: Elizabeth Zeeman

: Piers Plowman: 1: The Field full of Folk

by William Langland
A series of six readings from Langland's poem
Devised by Elizabeth Zeeman, Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge
Read by Gary Watson in a slightly modified version of the original
(BBC Recording)
(To be repeated on Tuesday at 7.40)
(Next programme: February 24)

Followed by an interlude at 8.50


Poet: William Langland
Programme: devised by Elizabeth Zeeman
Reader: Gary Watson

: Ravel

Ballet: Daphnis and Chloe
New England Conservatory Chorus and Alumni Chorus
Boston Symphony Orchestra
On gramophone records


Conductor: Charles Munch

: Prospect

A monthly review of current questions in architecture and planning
The Architect in the Tropics
by John Page, Chief Research Officer, Nuffield Foundation Division for Architectural Studies
Mr. Page reviews "Tropical Architecture in the Humid Zone" by Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew, recently published. He considers in particular post-war contributions to the urgent housing problems of tropical countries, and gives his reasons for believing that the present tendency to overlook local resources and practice in favour of building techniques imported from Europe is wrong and even dangerous.


Speaker: John Page

: Recital

Yfrah Neaman (violin)
Howard Ferguson (piano)


Violin: Yfrah Neaman
Piano: Howard Ferguson

: The Modern Voice Training Controversy: 1: The Two Voices

Two talks by Franklyn Kelsey


Speaker: Franklyn Kelsey

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