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Before the Party

Before the Party
TV play
Date of composition May 1969
Opus number (No opus number)
Type of work Music for a film or documentary
Duration 19 mins
Musical forces Piccolo/Alto Flute/Bass Flute, Oboe/Heckelphone, Harp, Cello and Percussion
Commissioner BBC-tv
Writer Ray Lawler
Producer Verity Lambert
Director James Ferman
Recording session May 1969
Session information Recorded at BBC Riverside Studios by Harold Clarke (piccolo, alto flute and bass flute), Aubrey Johnson (oboe and heckelphone), Christine Isherwood (harp), Denis Vigay (cello) and James Blades and Stephen Whittaker (percussion)
Publication status Manuscript
Archive location British Film Institute (BFI)
Archive contents Original bound music manuscript
Notes Somerset Maugham short story adaptation, first series; received 1970 Drama Series Production Award of the Society of Film and Television Arts


It is not often that a critic is made to sit bolt upright in his chair by the music score of a television play or film. Such an experience came to me in 1969 when I saw Before the Party … The composer of this compelling music was Carey Blyton…

Hilton Gough, BFFS Film magazine, no 25, April 1975