Carol Symphony was used on the 1984 TV version, but I have no idea about the radio versions. However, I think the Hely-Hutchinson recording dates back to 1964, so it wouldn't have been on the 1955 version in any case.
I'm asking because in the late sixties my Dad had a tape recording of one of these productions of "Box" that used music from "Carol Symphony". Possibly they all did, because I've just found out that the wartime Childrens Hour version included the music.
The 1966 one-off drama version is the earliest radio version held in the archives. This has the Hely-Hutchinson as incidental music, but not a lot. You can hear the whole thing on YouTube.
All the Children's Hour versions - 1943, 1948 and 1955 - apparently had the Hely-Hutchinson. The recording used for these was probably the 1929 HMV 78 conducted by the composer. The label gives the orchestra as being "Royal Opera Orchestra" but is in fact The London Symphony Orchestra. The 78 record number is Cc17907-8.
So it could be that your dad did have a version not held by the archives. Does it still exist? Is it a single 1 hr 30 min episode, or six 40 minute episodes?
Last Edit: Jul 31, 2022 16:33:46 GMT by mattbarker