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Miracles of Thrift

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 09 August 2009

Mark Tully wonders why habits of thrift have been lost in a generation, and asks how they can be recovered - and even celebrated once again - in response to the needs of the day.

  • Music

    ‘Fanfare: The Bridal Procession’ composed by Arnold Bax and performed by Kneller Hall Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music. Available on Royal Wedding 1947: Princess Elizabeth & Duke of Edinburgh.

    ‘Manhattan’ by R.C Rodgers and L.M Hart. Performed by Ella Fitzgerald. Released on Universal Records.

    ‘Music For a Found Harmonium’ from Preludes, Airs and Yodels (A Penguin Café Primer). Composed by Simon Jeffes and performed by the Penguin Café Orchestra. Released by Virgin Records.

    ‘Rondo A Capricco Op.129’ by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Available on the album, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No.s 4 & 28; 2 Rondos Op.51; Alla Ingharese. Released by Opus.

    ‘Keeping Warm’ composed by Peter Carl Davis and performed by the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Available on 20th Century English Ballets, released by Naxos.

    ‘There Won’t Be a Shortage of Love’ written by John Jacob Loeb and Carmen Lombardo, performed by Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman. Available on The Benny Goodman Years. Released by Sony Jazz.

  • Readings

    Home by Marilynne Robinson. Published by Virago.

    ‘Allotments’ by Richard Church. Published by Pollinger.

    ‘Fallodon Papers’ written by Lord Grey of Fallodon. Available in Christmas Crackers, edited by John Julius Norwich.

    ‘An Account’ written by Penelope Shuttle. Available in Redgrove’s Wife, published by Bloodaxe.

    ‘A Drink of Water’ written by Seamus Heaney. Available in New Selected Poems, published by Faber.

    ‘Mr Edwards Meets Santa Claus’ written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Available in the book, Told Under the Christmas Tree. Published by Macmillan.


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