Michael Berkeley welcomes the popular actor Stephen Tompkinson, best known for his appearances in TV drama and comedy productions, such as DCI Banks, Wild At Heart, Ballykissangel and Drop the Dead Donkey, as well as in the film Brassed Off. He is currently making his stage musical debut as King Arthur in Spamalot in London's West End.
Many of Stephen's choices for Private Passions relate to pieces he was introduced to as a child, such as Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet, and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. He first came to Scott Joplin's music through the film The Sting, while the score for Brassed Off, played by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, is particularly dear to his heart, owing to his own Northern roots. His remaining choices include a section of Mozart's Requiem, which he finds especially moving, and pieces by Cole Porter and Booker T and the MGs.