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Sir Sydney Kentridge QC

Sir Sydney Kentridge QC

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First broadcast: Sun 31 Mar 2013

Lawyer

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is Sir Sydney Kentridge QC.

Widely regarded as a leading advocate of the 20th century, he continues to make his mark in the 21st; he recently appeared for the first time in the European Court of Justice and at the end of last year he spent the actual day of his 90th birthday working in the English Supreme Court.

Born in South Africa, he was first called to the bar there at the end of the 1940s and played a leading role in some of the most significant political trials of the apartheid era. 'Understated, controlled, relentlessly rational' - and with devastating cross-examination skills - the verdict of one of his clients - Nelson Mandela.

He himself says "I hope there's only one thing about my professional life of which I've boasted and which I think, as a lawyer, is unique on my part - I have acted as an advocate for three winners of The Nobel Peace Prize. I don't think anyone else has done that."


Choices

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen (from the Magic Flute)

Performer: Bryn Terfel with Miah Persson and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras

Others who chose this artist

Christoph Willibald Gluck

3.

Christoph Willibald Gluck

Che Faro Senza Euridice from Orfeo and Euridice

Performer: Kathleen Ferrier with the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Fritz Stiedry

Others who chose this artist

James Johnston

4.

James Johnston

The Dark Eyed Sailor

Franz Schubert

6.

Franz Schubert

Impromptu No 3 in B flat major

Performer: Alfred Brendel

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Hector Berlioz

7.

Hector Berlioz

Absence (from Nuits d’Ete)

Performer: Janet Baker

Others who chose this artist

Lord Beginner

8.

Lord Beginner

Cricket Lovely Cricket

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Book

The Jeeves Omnibus by P G Wodehouse

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Luxury item

An endless supply of coffee and a machine to make it with.

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Occupations

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