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Duke Of Westminster

Duke Of Westminster

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First broadcast: Sun 02 Jul 1995

Landowner, Property developer

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the sixth Duke of Westminster. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the responsibilities and pleasures of being one of the country's richest men. Having enjoyed an idyllic childhood on the banks of Loch Ern in County Fermanagh, it was a rude shock to be transplanted to an English prep school at the age of seven. The comparatively early death of his father then meant that by the time he was just 19 he was managing one of Britain's greatest estates, and by 27 he owned it. He'll be discussing the pleasures and the perils of his position, why he is no longer a member of the Conservative Party and his hopes and dreams for his four-year-old son and heir, Hugh.

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

Choices

Fleetwood Mac

1.

Castaway's favourite

Fleetwood Mac

Albatross

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Clannad

2.

Clannad

Theme From Harry's Game

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César Franck

5.

César Franck

Panis Angelicus

Soloist: Luciano Pavarotti Orchestra: The National Philharmonic Orchestra

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Giuseppe Verdi

6.

Giuseppe Verdi

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

Orchestra: The Vienna State Opera and Chorus Conductor: Constant Lamberto Gardelli

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Johann Strauss I

7.

Johann Strauss I

Radetzky March

Orchestra: The Berlin Radio Symphony Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay

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Wings

8.

Wings

Mull Of Kintyre

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9.

10.

Book

Through Russian Snows by G A Henty

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Luxury item

Telescope

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