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Friday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker and her guest the author, Philip Pullman. Also, at 9:30am, our brainteaser: Songs Without Words

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Murray Perahia: Songs Without Words

Artist of the Week: Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer, Zoltan Kocsis.

In the week of BBC Children in Need, Sarah's guest is the multi-award winning author Philip Pullman, best known for the fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials. The final instalment, The Amber Spyglass, won the 2001 Whitbread Prize for best children's book and the Whitbread Book of the Year prize in January 2002, the first children's book to receive that award. In 2005 Pullman won the biggest prize in children's literature, the annual Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council. Many of his works have been adapted for screen including I Was a Rat!, The Butterfly Tattoo, The Ruby in the Smoke and a film adaptation of Northern Lights, titled The Golden Compass, was released in December 2007. In 2012, Pullman was asked by Penguin Classics to curate 50 of Grimms' classic fairytales, from their collection of over 200 tales.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Symphony No.1 in E flat
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Valery Gergiev (conductor)

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Fri 15 Nov 2013 09:00

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Only Connect


How are the people in these three pieces linked? They appear in the phrase:

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The music played:



Tom Bowling (Fantasia on British Sea Songs)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Davis (conductor)

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Trad arr Tomlinson

Dick's Maggot (from First Suite of English Folk-Dances)

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Ernest Tomlinson (conductor)

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John Williams

Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Film Sountrack

John Williams (conductor)

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