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Who's Who

Cast Members

John Alkin
Frank Skinner
Spencer Banks

Simon Randall
John Barcroft
Doctor Bukov
John Barron
Morgan C. Devereaux
Peggy Thorpe Bates
Doctor Edith Joynton
Derek Benfield

Frank Skinner
Cheryl Burfield

Liz Skinner
Sandor Eles
Gottfried
Ian Fairbairn
Alpha 4 / Dr. Frazer
David Graham
Controller 2957
Merdel Jordine
Vera
Mary Larkin
Maria
Robert Oates
Larry
Mary Preston
Beth
Denis Quilley
Traynor
Iris Russell
Jean Skinner
Teri Scoble
Miss Stebbins / Alpha 16
John Swindells
Pitman
Derek Sydney
DeSarem
Royston Tickner
George Bradley


Production

Ruth Boswell
Creator / script editor
John Cooper
Producer / Director
Peter Fairley
Introductions
Edouard Michael
Theme music composer
Victor Pemberton
Writer
Bruce Stewart
Writer

 

Edouard Michael (1921 – )

  Born in England in 1921, Edward Michael spent his childhood and adolescence in various countries in the Middle East but found himself in London when, aged 18, war broke out in.
He enrolled in the R.A.F as ground personnel.

Noticing the interest that the young man showed in music, the wife of a military chaplain taught him the basics of composition, and barely two years later, he entered one of his works in a contest in London. He won, enabling him to hear the work, a scherzo for orchestra ("Dyonisies"), performed in the Albert Hall by the London Philharmonic Orchestra - conducted by John Hollingsworth.

After the war, he enrolled in the Guildhall School of Music where he quickly obtained a first prize in composition and a second one for orchestral direction. At the same time, he worked privately, studying composition, initially with Bertold Goldschmidt then with Matyas Seiber, and also studying the violin with Max Rostal.

From 1946 to 1950, new works followed one another. In 1947, he gained a first prize for orchestral direction and started to appear as a solo violinist. He gave many concerts in which he interpreted, with much success, some thirty-five concertos from his repertoire as well as about fifty sonatas and more than two hundred other parts for the violin. He quickly started to enjoy a certain reputation in England.

He was however, always very attracted by the smoothness of French music. In 1950 he decided to go to Paris to study under Nadia Boulanger, and worked intensely under her direction for two years.

Because of painful health problems, he was forced to give up his career as a solo violinist and conductor. From then on, he devoted himself exclusively to composition and, considering that his work was in the vein of French music, decided to adopt the French spelling of his Christian name- "Edouard".

He composed a great number of orchestral works amongst which was a Mass for mixed choruses, two string orchestras, celesta, toothing-stone, glockenspiel and percussions.
In 1954, he gained the Vercelli prize for a Psalm for male voice choir. Two years later, thanks to Nadia Baker, his mass was played by the orchestra of Radio-France directed by Eugene Bigot.

The following year, his "Night" for flute and orchestra won the Lilli Boulanger prize in the United States judged by a jury which included Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copeland.
In 1998, a CD of some of his chamber music was released in Belgium and obtained excellent reviews.

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