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Lord Alexander

Lord Alexander

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 17 Mar 1996

Chairman of the National Westminster Bank, Businessman, Banker, Lawyer

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the Chairman of the National Westminster Bank Lord Alexander.

He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about how he began his career as a jobbing barrister, doing all manner of work on the western circuit where he earned a reputation which took him to the top of his profession. Among many others, he won cases for Jeffrey Archer and Kerry Packer, and lost one for Ken Livingstone's GLC. In the 1980s he moved to the City as Chairman of the Takeover Panel and then, to his surprise, he was invited to become Chairman of the National Westminster Bank. Tipped by those who know him well to become the next Lord Chancellor if the Conservatives stay in power, he'll be discussing his past, present and future and contemplating castaway life.

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

Choices

Sir Harry Lauder

1.

Sir Harry Lauder

Keep Right On To The End Of The Road

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King's College Chapel Choir

2.

King's College Chapel Choir

Once In Royal David's City

Conductor: David Willcocks

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

3.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Clarinet Concerto in A major - 2nd movement

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonica Soloist: Ernst Ottensamer

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Les Misérables

4.

Castaway's favourite

Les Misérables

Do You Hear The People Sing?

Choir: The Original London Cast Of Les Miserables

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Rudyard Kipling

5.

Rudyard Kipling

The Road Through The Woods

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Giuseppe Verdi

6.

Giuseppe Verdi

Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) (from Nabucco)

Soloist: Rosa Ponsella Soloist: Giovanni Martinelli

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Joseph Canteloube

7.

Joseph Canteloube

Brexairola (from Songs of the Auvergne)

Soloist: Kiri Te Kanawa Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra

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Josef Locke

8.

Josef Locke

I'll Walk Beside You

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Book

Other Men's Flowers by Lord A P Wavell

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Luxury item

Paints and canvas

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