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Britain's apprenticeship revolution - is it delivering?

Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Professor David Phillips

Professor David Phillips

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 01 May 2011

Chemist

Kirsty Young's castaway is the President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Professor David Phillips.

His love of science has taken him on an extraordinary journey. At the height of the Cold War, he swapped a post in America for a place at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, where he partied with the Bolshoi and was interrogated by the KGB. He is also Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Imperial College, but, despite his eminence, he admits his students had a 'professor button' fitted onto their hi-tech lasers. It was, he explains, a knob he could twiddle while showing visitors around the lab, but it wasn't connected to the machinery and meant he didn't ruin his students' experiments.

Choices

Franz Schubert

1.

Franz Schubert

String Quintet in C major - 1st movement

Composer: Franz Schubert

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

2.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

The opening of Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Red McKenzie and the Mound City Blue Blowers

3.

Red McKenzie and the Mound City Blue Blowers

Georgia on My Mind

Performer: Red McKenzie and the Mound City Blue Blowers

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Tom Lehrer

4.

Tom Lehrer

The Elements

Performer: Tom Lehrer

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Yuri Shaporin

5.

Yuri Shaporin

The Soldier’s Chorus

Performer: Yuri Shaporin

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Giacomo Puccini

6.

Giacomo Puccini

Viene la Sera (Evening is coming). Love duet from the end of Act 1 of Madam Butterfly.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini

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Francisco Tárrega

7.

Francisco Tárrega

Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Composer: Francisco Tárrega

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Marriage of Figaro Finale

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Book

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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Luxury item

Piano with music

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