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: Cheltenham Festival Concert

John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)
Melos Ensemble Richard Adeney (flute) Peter Graeme (oboe)
Gervase de Peyer (clarinet)
William Waterhouse (bassoon) Barry Tuckwell (horn)
Emanuel Hurwitz (violin) Ivor McMahon (violin) Cecil Aronowitz (viola) Terence Weil (cello) Adrian Beers (double-bass) Osian Ellis (harp)
From the Town Hall
Part 1
Conducted by the Composer
John Shirley-Quirk broadcasts by permission of Glyndebourne Festival Opera
The eighth-century equivalent of the crossword puzzle seems to have been the rhyming riddle which the bard would recite, to his own harp accompaniment, for master and company to guess the answer. The text of Sir Arthur Bliss's A Knot of Riddles, for baritone and chamber orchestra, is taken from the Old English of the Exeter Book (a collection found in Exeter Cathedral), translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland. After each of the seven riddles the singer provides the solution.


Baritone: John Shirley-Quirk
Flute: Melos Ensemblk Richard Adeney
Oboe: Peter Graeme
Clarinet: Gervasc de Peyer
Horn: Barry Tuckwell
Violin: Emanuel Hurwitz
Violin: Ivor McMahon
Viola: Cecil Aronowitz
Cello: Terence Weil
Harp: Osian Ellis
Conductor: Sir Arthur Bliss
Translator: Kevin Crossley-Holland


Second of six programmes devoted to the verse of JOHN DONNE
Hugh Burden reads a group of love poems including
The Good-Morrow)
The Canonisation
Love's Infiniteness
Arranged and introduced by RAYNER HEPPENSTALL t Second broadcast


Unknown: John Donne
Unknown: Hugh Burden
Introduced By: Rayner Heppenstall


A weekly review of the arts Recent Events in the Theatre
Louis MACNEICE talks to JACK MACGOWRANabout the work of O'Neill and Beckett from the point of view of the actor
JENS Arup reviews John Arden 's new play at Chichester, The Workhouse Donkey t Introduced by GEORGE MACBETH


Unknown: Jack MacGowranabout
Unknown: Jens Arup
Unknown: John Arden
Introduced By: George MacBeth


Is there any means of bridging the gulf between the primitive and the more highly developed world? This is the question facing the indigenous Amerindians of British Guiana
In this programme their problems are presented and Illustrated by recordings made amongst them by COLIN HENFREY and Dr. AUDREY BUTT
Introduced by COLIN HENFREY


Unknown: Colin Henfrey
Introduced By: Colin Henfrey
Produced By: David Thomson

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