Thursday - Sarah Walker with Simon Thurley
Architectural historian Simon Thurley is Sarah Walker's guest this week
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano - Kathryn Stott, HYPERION. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.
Artist of the Week: Andrew Davis.
Sarah's guest this week is the architectural historian and Chief Executive of English Heritage, Simon Thurley. Whilst working on his PhD, Simon took up a post as Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage, later becoming Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and then director of the Museum of London. He is a prolific history broadcaster, presenting television programmes such as Flying Through Time and Lost Buildings of Britain, as well as appearing on Time Team. Recent publications include Somerset House: The Palace of England's Queens 1551-1692, and Men from the Ministry: How Britain saved its Heritage. Simon's relative youth at taking the post of Chief Executive of English Heritage led him to be dubbed a "boy wonder", and he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to conservation.
Sarah's Essential Choice
Harold in Italy
Gérard Caussé (viola)
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).