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May 24, 2020
Charles Hazlewood, conductorMay 24, 2020
Charles Hazlewood is a conductor and the founder of Paraorchestra, the world's first professional ensemble of disabled musicians. Once described as the Heston Blumenthal of orchestral music, Charles has spent his career challenging Britain’s musical palate, exploding boundaries and expanding our ideas about what an orchestra can be - and do. His repertoire encompasses Beethoven, Bruckner and Barry White, and his critically-acclaimed projects include more than 100 world premieres and the...
May 17, 2020
Sinead Burke, disability rights activist and teacherMay 17, 2020
Sinead Burke is a disability rights activist and teacher. She has combined her love of education and style to campaign for more representation of diversity in the fashion industry. Born in Dublin, Sinead has achondroplasia – a genetic condition which causes restricted growth – and is 3’ 5” tall. She refers to herself as a “little person” and knew she wanted to be a teacher after her first day at school. She has used the classroom environment to discuss openly with her pupils the...
May 10, 2020
Your Desert Island Discs: LaunchMay 10, 2020
Lauren Laverne launches Radio 4's invitation for you to tell us about one piece of music that you have turned to in the recent weeks of lockdown, and the story behind your choice. For more information about how to share your story, please visit the Desert Island Discs website. Producer Paula McGinley
May 10, 2020
Simon Armitage, Poet LaureateMay 10, 2020
Simon Armitage was appointed Poet Laureate in 2019. His poems celebrate the everyday and the ordinary with wit and affection. But beyond the wood chip and washing lines he addresses the complexities and the profound feelings that underpin daily life. Born in Huddersfield, Simon Armitage grew up in the village of Marsden in West Yorkshire. Marsden has informed and inspired much of his work and as a boy he would look out of his bedroom window at night to watch the comings and goings of village...
May 03, 2020
Classic Desert Island Discs - Lubaina HimidMay 03, 2020
Lauren Laverne's castaway is the artist Lubaina Himid. The programme was first broadcast in June 2019.
Apr 26, 2020
Classic Desert Island Discs - John Cooper ClarkeApril 26, 2020
Lauren Laverne's castaway is the poet John Cooper Clarke. The programme was first broadcast in July 2019.
Apr 19, 2020
Classic Desert Island Discs - Albert & Michel RouxApril 19, 2020
Michael Parkinson's castaways are the restaurateurs and chefs Albert and Michel Roux (broadcast in 1986). Michel died in March 2020 at the age of 78.
Apr 12, 2020
Classic Desert Island Discs - Jilly CooperApril 12, 2020
Kirsty Young's castaway is the writer Jilly Cooper, best known for her best-selling series of romantic novels The Rutshire Chronicles.
Apr 05, 2020
Classic Desert Island Discs - Clive JamesApril 05, 2020
The writer, critic, poet and broadcaster Clive James (1939 - 2019) appeared twice on Desert Island Discs - first in 1980, and again in 2000.
Mar 29, 2020
Brian Cox, actorMarch 29, 2020
Brian Cox CBE is a Scottish actor whose career spans almost 60 years, from his early days sweeping the stage at his local theatre in Dundee to his current Golden Globe-winning role as the media patriarch Logan Roy in the HBO series Succession. He has appeared in more than 100 films, many television series, and has won two Olivier awards for his work on stage. Brian Cox was born in 1946, the youngest of five children, and grew up in a working-class household in Dundee. His father died of cancer...