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A Celebration of Desert Island Discs

Launching the Classics Season on Friday Night Is Music Night, Kirsty Young sets sail with a host of memorable castaways as Radio 2 celebrates Desert Island Discs.

The Classics Season is launched on Friday Night Is Music Night as Radio 2 celebrates Desert Island Discs with a glittering array of castaways live from the Mermaid Theatre in London.

Presenter Kirsty Young invites the likes of Ronnie Corbett, Julian Lloyd-Webber and Courtney Pine to perform previous selections. She asks others, including Maureen Lipman, Sheila Hancock, Paul Gambaccini and Jo Brand to recall why they chose a particular song to accompany their stay on the idyllic island. Mixing classical music, pop and a dash of musical theatre is the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Roderick Dunk.

And join Kirsty Young and Sue Lawley in the interval as they reminisce about their favourite songs and castaways.

2 hours

Last on

Fri 27 May 2011 20:00

Music Played

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    The Sleepy Lagoon


  • Kerry Ellis


    (Kander & Ebb) (Ft. BBC concert Orchestra)

  • Julian Lloyd Webber

    Cello Concerto in E Minor 1st Movement

    (Elgar) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Dance of the Little Swans


  • Maureen Lipman

    Three Brothers

    (Richard Addinsell) (Ft. Piano)

  • Maureen Lipman

    Stately As A Galleon

    (n/a) (Ft. Piano)

  • James Pearson

    Rhapsody In Blue

    (Gershwin) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    The Marriage of Figaro Overture


  • Kerry Ellis

    Rock-A-Bye My Baby

    (n/a) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra)

  • Courtney Pine Quartet

    Sweet Love

    (A Baker/LA Johnson)

  • Ronnie Corbettt

    MA Crepe Suzette

    (n/a) (Ft. Piano & Bass)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Violin Feature

    Main Theme From Schindlers List


  • Matt Lucas

    Matt Lucas - Lullaby Of Broadway

    (Warren) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra)

  • Alfie Boe & Matt Lucas

    The Impossible Dream

    (Darlon & Leigh) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra