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    Nicholas Sillitoe's highly-regarded rendition of "Pie Jesu", by Nadia Boulanger, was broadcast on Channel 4 and Radio 3 in 1983 or 1984.



    The recording has eluded YouTube and other websites.



    Does anyone know the name and date of the Channel 4 programme?



    Does a recording still exist?

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    Does anyone have a recording of this programme - broadcast 21/06/85 ?



    The documentary, about Aled Jones, included a brief singing appearance by Nicholas Sillitoe.

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    Nicholas Sillitoe, aged 12, was a pupil at King's College School, Wimbledon.



    The boy treble combined his studies with concert and opera performances of the highest standard.



    The next young schoolboy, with a comparable challenge, would be Olympic diver Tom Daley.



    None of Sillitoe's performances appears to be available on video/DVD:



    Concert:



    Soloist, with London Young Symphonia, in Haydn's CREATION, Brahms REQUIEM, Poulenc GLORIA and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, incidental music for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the Barbican Centre, London.



    Opera:



    Roles included First Spirit in THE MAGIC FLUTE (English National Opera, the Coliseum), and Young Hermann in THE QUEEN OF SPADES.



    1984: acclaimed performance as Miles in Benjamin Britten's THE TURN OF THE SCREW during English National Opera's sell-out tour of the United States.



    Later the same year: Shepherd Boy in TANNHAUSER at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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    The Royal Opera House Orchestra is conducted by Sir Colin Davis with some excellent, mainly English, singers, including Helen Donath, Ava June, Robert Tear, Heather Harper and Philip Langridge.



    Does anyone know the filming location: an impressive country house in attractive grounds ? Shots of a passenger train will appeal to steam-engine enthusiasts.



    Despite those advantages, the movie is frustrating and uninspiring. The actors mime the words unconvincingly. The singers are confined to the soundtrack.



    The voices seldom fit the faces. The young girl, Flora, has the voice of adult soprano Lilian Watson.



    This 1982 movie reinforces disappointment that the acclaimed version, when English National Opera toured the US two years later, was not filmed - though perhaps the media there made some recordings ?



    As Miles, Nicholas Sillitoe was both singer and actor, winning superlative reviews.



    In this version, Miles is played by Michael Gulyas with the voice of boy treble Michael Ginn.

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