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Sir Ernest Hall

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 26 April 1998

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the businessman Sir Ernest Hall.

His life is like a fairytale. From a sickly boy, living in the one room he and his family shared, he became a successful businessman and millionaire - and all because of an inspirational piece of music. Today on the site of an old carpet factory in Halifax, he's brought together his two loves - business and the arts - to form an environment in which plastic-bag manufacturers and building societies draw inspiration from the painters and sculptors who work alongside. At the age of 68 he has also realised his ambition to be a professional pianist.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Piano Trio in B Major by Franz Schubert
Book: The collected works by William Blake
Luxury: Piano

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

    Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor

    Soloist: Sergei Rachmaninov Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor: Eugene Ormandy

    Rachmaninov plays Rachmaninov, RCA Victor

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major

    Soloist: Alfred Cortot, Jacques Thibaud and Pablo Casals

    Piano Trios by Beethoven and Schubert, EMI

  • Image for Ferruccio Busoni

    Ferruccio Busoni Piano Concerto (Op 39)

    Soloist: John Ogdon Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Busoni Piano Concerto, EMI

  • Image for Alban Berg

    Alban Berg Lulu Suite -1st movement

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

    Vienna, Mercury

  • Image for Bobby Wellins

    Bobby Wellins I'm A Fool To Want You

    Artist: Colin Purbrook, Dave Green & Clark Tracey

    The Satin Album, Jazzizit

  • Image for Richard Wagner

    Richard Wagner Gegrusst sei, teurer Held (from Götterdämmerung)

    Soloist: Deitrich Fischer-Dieskau Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic

    Gotterdammerung, Decca

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39

    Soloist: Sir Ernest Hall

    Chopin - Four Scherzos, Black Box Music

  • Image for Steely Dan

    Steely Dan Black Cow

    Aja, MCA

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Sue Lawley

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