Private Passions: Judith Kerr

Sunday 8 July



Michael Berkeley's guest on Private Passions is the best-selling children's author Judith Kerr.

Judith Kerr, who is now 89, was born into a distinguished intellectual family. Her father Alfred Kerr was a well-known journalist and critic and her mother Julia was a composer. The family fled  Berlin in 1933 after Hitler's rise to power and lived in Switzerland and Paris before reaching London in 1936.

Judith is a writer and illustrator best known for her children's books, including the much-loved Mog series The Tiger Who Came for Tea, which is currently enjoying a stage adapation in London's West End, and the novel for young adults When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, based on her experiences as a child refugee and which won the 1974 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.

Judith's musical choices include a fragment of an opera about Einstein written by her parent, an excerpt from the final scene of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, the Jewish Memorial Prayer El Malei Rachamim performed at the 2001 International Holocaust Memorial Day in London, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, which was a favourite of her father and a part of Mars from Holst's The Planets.

Also included is the Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, a favourite of her husband. Finally her personal favourite, the Kyrie from Mozart's Mass in C minor, K427.

Presenter/Michael Berkeley & Producer/Chris Marshall & Sarah Cropper

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