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by Bernard Kops
Joshua Westland lies in his mother's womb awaiting the moment of his birth. He dreams of the future that his father is contriving for the human- race. with Michael Bryant
Walter Fitzgerald and Hilda Schroder
Other parts played by Anthony Hall , Elizabeth Proud , Gerald Moon , and members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company
Special effects by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
A record of movements from Hindemith's Five Pieces for String Orchestra Op. 44 No. 4 played by the Lucerne Festival Strings directed by Rudolf Baumgartner


Unknown: Bernard Kops
Unknown: Joshua Westland
Unknown: Michael Bryant
Unknown: Walter Fitzgerald
Unknown: Hilda Schroder
Played By: Anthony Hall
Played By: Elizabeth Proud
Played By: Gerald Moon
Produced By: Michael Bakewell
Directed By: Rudolf Baumgartner
Joshua: Michael Bryant
Jane: Hilda Schroder
Sir Thomas Westland: Walter Fitzgerald
Dogbod: Douglas Storm
Ruth: Patricia Leventon
Anna: Sheila Brennan
Sea: Nicolette Bernard
First Porpoise: James Thomason
Second Porpoise: Miriam Margolyes

: Historic Performance on Record

Charles Draper and the Lener String Quartet playing
Clarinet Quintet in B minor (Brahms)
(Recorded in 1928)

followed by an interlude at 10.55

(Yehudi Menuhin with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer, playing the Elgar Violin Concerto: May 27)



Today's overseas commodity and financial news. London Stock Market closing report

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