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Dame Norma Major

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 21 May 2000

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Dame Norma Major. In her book on the Prime Minister's residence, Chequers, she revealed how Neville Chamberlain would spend time measuring the girths of his favourite trees, and how Ramsay MacDonald chopped wood every morning dressed in plus-fours. She herself was uncomfortable there, and she remembers the loneliness and stress of being the country's First Lady. She says her love of music, and her work for charity helped her through the tough times.

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

Favourite track: Norma by Bellini
Book: Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers
Luxury: Solar laptop

Music Played

8 items
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    Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Don't Fence Me In

    Hits of 44, ASV

  • Image for Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

    Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (from On Your Toes)

    Soloist: Richard Rodgers Orchestra: The New York Philharmonic

    The Musical Word of Rogers & Hammerstein, CBS

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi Caro nome (from Rigoletto)

    Soloist: Joan Sutherland

    Rigoletto, Decca

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    June Bronhill and Keith Mitchell I Know Now

    Robert and Elizabeth, EMI

  • Image for Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

    Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

    Soloist: Philip Entremont Orchestra: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    Rachmaninov Piano Concerto, Sony Classical

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    Michael Ball With One Look

    Music of the Night, Polygram

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Vesperae solennes de confessore - Laudate Dominum

    Soloist: Janis Kelly

    Music from Inspector Morse, Virgin

  • Image for Vincenzo Bellini

    Vincenzo Bellini Norma

    Soloist: Joan Sutherland with John Alexander Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

    Norma, Decca

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley

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