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Jeffrey Tate

Jeffrey Tate

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First broadcast: Sun 12 Feb 1989

Conductor

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is Jeffrey Tate, principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Opera House, and chief guest conductor of the Geneva Opera. Until the age of 27, his chosen profession was medicine, but once a fully-qualified doctor, he switched his career to become one of the most sought-after conductors of his time - both in Britain and abroad. This is an achievement impressive enough in itself, but doubly so given that since childhood he has suffered from a condition which has resulted in curvature of the spine and a paralysed left leg, which means that, for the most part, he conducts sitting on a high stool.

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

Sue Lawley will be talking to Jeffrey Tate about his transition from medicine to a stunning musical career and the problems he has overcome to achieve such extraordinary success.

Choices

Noël Coward

1.

Noël Coward

Poor Little Rich Girl

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Benjamin Britten

2.

Benjamin Britten

Villes (from Les Illuminations)

Soloist: Peter Pears Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra

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Gustav Holst & Christina Rossetti

3.

Gustav Holst & Christina Rossetti

In The Bleak Midwinter

Choir: The Choir Of King's College Cambridge

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Di scrivermi ogni giorno (from Cosi fan tutte)

Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Orchestra: The Philharmonia and New Philharmonia Orchestra

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Joseph Haydn

6.

Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra

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Richard Wagner

7.

Richard Wagner

Fliedermonolog (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

Soloist: Norman Bailey Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonia Orchestra

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Billie Holiday

8.

Castaway's favourite

Billie Holiday

I'll Be Seeing You

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Book

The collected works by Jane Austen

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Luxury item

Nativity painting from the National Gallery

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Occupations

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