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Dame Fanny Waterman

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 04 July 2010

Kirsty Young's castaway is Dame Fanny Waterman.

It was during a sleepless night, more than forty years ago, that she came up with the idea of launching a piano competition in Leeds. Since then it's become a world renowned event and been a springboard for many of our most celebrated pianists including Radu Lupu and Murray Perahia.

Although she is now 90 years old, she still teaches masterclasses and continues to be involved with every detail of the competition. "They call me Field Marshal Fanny" she says, "I am a busy breeches."

Record: Radu Lupu- Piano Concerto No.3
Book: The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
Luxury: A grand piano and a stool.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart II Andante, Concerto No.21 for Piano & Orchestra

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Murray Perahia

    Perahia Plays and Conducts Mozart, CBS Masterworks

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach The opening of Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G

    Orchestra: The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Conductor: Neville Marriner

    Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos, Nos. 1, 2 & 3, Philips

  • Image for Felix Mendelssohn

    Felix Mendelssohn Perpetuum Mobile in C

    Soloist: Benjamin Frith

    Piano Works Vol.1, Naxos

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten Dawn

    Orchestra: Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Bernard Haitink

    Peter Grimes, EMI

  • Image for Robert Schumann

    Robert Schumann Seit ich ihn gesehen - The moment II saw him, I was blind

    Soloist: Dame Janet Baker

    Sheherazade, EMI

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

    Soloist: Radu Lupu Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Zubin Mehta

    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4, Decca

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert The opening of the second movement of Piano Trio No.1 in B Flat

    Orchestra: The Beaux Arts Trio

    Schubert: Piano Trio No.1, Philips

  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgrbouw Orchestra Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

    Brahms: Symphony No.2, Decca

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Fanny Waterman

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