Rosemary Sutcliff, Tom Lehrer, The Pope and The Vatican Rag

Tom Lehrer did not figure in Rosemary Sutcliff’s Desert Island Discs choices; but both she and my mother – they were great friends –  loved the satirical songs of Tom Lehrer. And the visit of the Pope to the UK reminds me of a Lehrer song The Vatican Rag which they would undoubtedly have known from record and then also from watching in the 1970s Marty Feldman’s take on the song.Read More »

Rosemary Sutcliff Desert Island Discs Record Choice Four on BBC Radio in 1983

Rosemary Sutcliff’s fourth choice of music on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs in 1983 was the song “We’ll gather lilacs in the spring (play here)” sung by Anne Ziegler and  Webster Booth.

Rosemary Sutcliff’s Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio Choice Three 1983

Rosemary Sutcliff chose for her third record on Desert Island Discs with Roy Plomley in 1983 “L’Apres-midi d’une Faune” by Claude Debussy, played by The Royal Philharmonic conducted by Thomas Beecham.

Rosemary Sutcliff’s Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 1983 Record Choice One

Rosemary Sutcliff, the famous novelist, talked about her life and work and chose eight records to take to the mythical desert island of Desert Island Discs on October 1st 1983. Interviewed by Roy Plomley, she said she chose her music just “because she loved it”. Her first choice was Dvorak’s New World Symphony, played by the London Symphony Orchestra,  conducted by Istvan Kertesz. (Choice Two tomorrow!)Read More »

Rosemary Sutcliff connected with PONTIO in Bangor, North Wales | Sutcliff Discovery of the Day

This Rosemary Sutcliff blog has been suffering, whether for posts about her as an author, her children’s books and historical novels or new The Eagle of the Ninth film. Posting has been hindered by a new day job for the blog’s author – who is helping with the wonderful new Pontio project at Bangor University in North Wales.  Read More »