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Thursday - Rob Cowan

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Songs and Dances of Bohemian Baroque played by Musica Bohemica conducted by Jaroslav Krcek: SUPRAPHON SU 40982

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, organist, conductor and composer, Simon Preston.


During British Food Fortnight, This week Rob's guest is guest on Essential Classics this week, is the actress, writer and cake-maker Jane Asher. Since beginning her acting career at the age of 5, she has appeared in several feature films including the original film of 'Alfie', and has starred in many TV series including 'Brideshead Revisited', 'The Mistress', 'The Choir', 'Crossroads', 'Poirot' , 'Miss Marple' and 'The Old Guys'. Jane has also written three best-selling novels and published over a dozen lifestyle and cake decorating books. As a young mother she started making novelty cakes for her children, and opened her own cake-making shop, Jane Asher Party Cakes, in 1990. It is now one of the UK's foremost bespoke cake makers.

Rob's Essential Choice
Symphony No.5 in B flat Op.55
USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
Gennady Rozhdestvensky (conductor)

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Thu 9 Aug 2012 09:00

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