George Lloyd

The castaway choosing his eight desert island discs this week will also be relating a story of early triumph, 25 years of obscurity and a revival of fortunes at the age of 81 which has made him one of the country's most successful classical composers. He is George Lloyd, and he'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the shell-shock and bad luck which put paid to his early promise - his years growing carnations and mushrooms - and then, thanks to the late John Ogdon's intervention, his re-emergence to a rapturous reception by both the public and the musical establishment.

He'll also be describing the unexpected places where his music has been enjoying an airing - could it really be true that his symphonies are now to be heard in discos and pubs?

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

Favourite track: Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach
Book: Piers Plowman (In Middle English) by William Langland
Luxury: Romney's portrait of Lady Hamilton

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40 minutes

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Sun 26 Nov 1995 12:15

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestGeorge Lloyd

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