Bagpipes Lament “The Flowers of the Forest” Record Five of Rosemary Sutcliff’s Desert Island Discs

On Desert Island Discs in 1983 Rosemary Sutcliff’s fifth choice  was a military lament, and bagpipes music. The bagpipes were her favourite instrument. She chose a version of  “The Flowers of the Forest” played by the pipes & drums of the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards, perhaps reflecting also her love of all things military. This is the traditional lament for the fallen (people killed) in forces of the British Commonwealth.

Author: Anthony Lawton

Chair, Sussex Dolphin, family company which looks after the work of eminent children’s & historical fiction author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). Formerly CEO, chair & trustee of various charity, cultural & educational enterprises in UK.

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