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Sir Thomas Armstrong

Sir Thomas Armstrong

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First broadcast: Sun 16 Jul 1989

Former Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, Conductor

This week's castaway is Sir Thomas Armstrong, formerly Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, and now 91 years old. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his many years of teaching and performing music, judging music competitions and carrying out the almost impossible task of choosing just eight records to take to the mythical island from a lifetime filled with music from an early age.

Choices

George Frideric Handel

1.

George Frideric Handel

Comfort ye my people (from Messiah)

Soloist: Richard Lewis Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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Claude Debussy

2.

Claude Debussy

L'Isle Joyeuse

Soloist: Martino Tirimo

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Franz Peter Schubert

3.

Franz Peter Schubert

Ganymed, D544

Soloist: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gerald Moore

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Frederick Delius

4.

Castaway's favourite

Frederick Delius

Brigg Fair

Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Thomas Beecham

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

5.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis

Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

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St Michaels Singers & Hallé Orchestra

6.

St Michaels Singers & Hallé Orchestra

The Rio Grande

Johann Sebastian Bach

8.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B minor - Sanctus

Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Otto Klemperer

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Luxury item

Clavichord

Others who chose a similar luxury

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