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St. Cecilia Orchestra
(Leader, Raymond Cohen )
Conductor, Trevor Harvey


Leader: Raymond Cohen
Conductor: Trevor Harvey

: Emily Butter

An Occasion Recalled
The first performance of Hilda Tablet's opera at Covent Garden

The music realised by Donald Swann
Orchestrations realised by Max Saunders
The words realised by Henry Reed
Poets and Composers:
David March, Hugh Manning, Harold Reese, Jeffrey Segal
Characters in the opera:
Sinfonia of London conducted by Patrick Savill
Production by Douglas Cleverdon


Unknown: Hilda Tablet
Unknown: Donald Swann
Unknown: Max Saunders
Unknown: David March
Unknown: Hugh Manning
Unknown: Harold Reese
Unknown: Jeffrey Segal
Conducted By: Patrick Savill
Production By: Douglas Cleverdon
Hilda Tablet, a composeress: Mary O'Farrell
Herbert Reeve, a scholar: Hugh Burden
Harold Reith, a librettist: Frank Duncan
Elsa Strauss, a singer: Marjone Westbury
Gabriel Hall-Pollock, a critic: Dervck Guyler
Male Commentator: Michael Flanders
Female Commentator: Betty Hardy
The Duke of Mulset: Frank Duncan
The Duchess of Mulset: Cecile Chevreau
An Official of the Opera House: Leonard Sachs
Emily Butter: Marjorie Westbury
Clara Taggart: Anna Pollak
Helen Sparge: Marion Studholme
Elizabeth Thwaite: Rose Hill
Catherine Slot: Scott Joynt
Mrs Wetherall: Silvia Beamish
Marilyn: Ann Dowdall
Dorothy: Glenice Halliday


April Cantelo (soprano)
Carl Dolmetsch (treble recorder)
Josephine Lee (piano) Alan Loveday (violin) Raymond Holder and Audrey Hayward (two pianos)
Charles Spinks (celesta)
Thomas Blades (timpani) f Patricia Brady (cymbal)
The Ambrosian Singers Conducted by Cyril Gell


Soprano: April Cantelo
Soprano: Carl Dolmetsch
Piano: Josephine Lee
Violin: Alan Loveday
Violin: Raymond Holder
Violin: Audrey Hayward
Pianos: Charles Spinks
Unknown: Thomas Blades
Unknown: Patricia Brady
Conducted By: Cyril Gell

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