Choices of Rosemary Sutcliff on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio in 1983

As posted here in the last couple of weeks, Rosemary Sutcliff talked about her life and work and chose eight records to take to the mythical BBC Radio desert island on October  1st, 1983. Interviewed by Roy Plomley, she said she chose her music just because she loved it. The full list of her choices is:

Record 1: Dvorak’s New World Symphony, played by the London Symphony Orchestra,  by Istvan Kertesz.

Record 2: “Eternal father strong to save” – Hymn.

Record 3: L’Apres-midi d’une Faune by Debussy. Royal Philharmonic conducted by Thomas Beecham.

Record 4: “We’ll Gather Lilacs” sung by Anne Ziegler & Webster Booth.

Record 5: “The Flowers of the Forest” played by the pipes & drums of the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards.

Record 6: Excerpt from “Under Milk Wood”. Polly Garter’s song.

Record 7: “The Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams. The Boyd Kneale Orchestra.  With Frederick Grinker.

Record 8: “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach. Choir of King’s college, Cambridge, conducted by David Willcocks.

One record: The Lark ascending

One Luxury: Roy Plomley refuses her her request to take her beloved dogs. She chooses flowers, delivered daily by bottle.

One book: “Kim” by Rudyard Kipling.

3 thoughts on “Choices of Rosemary Sutcliff on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio in 1983

  1. Rosemary Sutcliff had excellent taste in her choice of music, particularly to select Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth singing “We’ll Gather Lilacs” by Ivor Novello.


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