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Frank Merrick (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard )
Conducted by Norman Del Mar
Part 1


Piano: Frank Merrick
Leader: Paul Beard
Conducted By: Norman Del Mar


by Ely Devons
Professor of Applied Economics In the University of Manchester
Professor Devons argues that the habit of discussing major issues behind closed doors makes intelligent public discussion difficult and may lead to mistaken policies.


Part 2
Havergal Brian 's Symphony No. 9. in A and D minor, is one of a series of twelve composed between 1922 and 1956. It was begun in July 1951 and finished the following November, and is inscribed to Eric Warr, BBC Assistant Head of Music Programmes. Scored for a large orchestra, including organ and bells, it consists of two distinct movements of continuous music.


Unknown: Havergal Brian


Two talks by Douglas Kennedy
Director of the English Folk Dance and Song Society occasioned by the republication of Child's five-volume collection of ballads (first issued 1882-1898)
1-The Ballad in Child's Day
Illustrations sung by Patrick Shuldham-Shaw and Douglas Kennedy and from recordings of folk singers


Unknown: Douglas Kennedy
Sung By: Patrick Shuldham-Shaw
Sung By: Douglas Kennedy


Short story by Doris Lessing
Read by Jill Balcon
This story is taken from Mrs. Lessing's recent book The Habit of Loving.


Story By: Doris Lessing
Read By: Jill Balcon

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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