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Emma Hamilton's iPod

Emma Hamilton, Nelson's mistress, was an accomplished singer and famous dancer. David Owen Norris finds her favourite songs and discovers how they reflect an extraordinary life.

Emma Hamilton, Nelson's mistress, was an accomplished singer and a famous dancer- at the height of her fame, women all over Europe were dancing to her tunes. Haydn wrote specially for her.

David Owen Norris discovers how her favourite songs reflect an extraordinary life. With biographer Kate Williams and historians Quintin Colville and Rachel Cowgill, he looks through Emma's songbooks and recreates the music she loved all her life. Recorded at the National Maritime Museum. With singers Gwyneth Herbert, Thomas Guthrie and Laura Crowther.

Producer: Elizabeth Burke
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

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