Janet Holmes a Court

Janet Holmes a Court

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 19 May 1996

Business

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is Janet Holmes à Court. Recently named Businesswoman of the Year, she'll be talking to Sue Lawley about how, after the sudden death of her husband, the hugely rich Robert Holmes a Court, she was advised to sell up and retire to the beach. Before his death, he had just been starting to turn the tide which had run against him after he'd lost around £400 million in the stock market crash of 1987. Forgetting the beach, she proceeded to take up the reins of the business. Over the last six years, she has created an impressive commercial organisation out of cattle, construction and transport, she owns 10 theatres in London's West End and her cattle company is estimated to own about 1.1% of Australia's land mass. The owner of a desert island herself, she'll be contemplating exile far from the demands of the business world.

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

Choices

Johannes Brahms

1.

Johannes Brahms

Violin Concerto in D major

Soloist: Yehudi Menuhin Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic

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Ludwig van Beethoven

3.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'Emperor'

Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra Soloist: Edwin Fischer

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The Black Swan Theatre Company (Of W. Australia)

5.

The Black Swan Theatre Company (Of W. Australia)

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Edward Elgar

6.

Edward Elgar

Cello Concerto in E Minor

Soloist: Jacqueline Du Pre Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

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Ludwig van Beethoven

7.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

Fidelio

Soloist: Adolf Dallapozza, Manfred Jungwirth, Jan Gundula

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Franz Schubert

8.

Franz Schubert

String Quintet in C major

Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich Orchestra: The Emerson String Quartet

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Book

Tourmaline by Randolph Stow

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Luxury item

Jar of Vegemite

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Occupations

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