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One Man's War

Katie Derham delves into the diaries of avid London concert goer Lionel Bradley written during the Second World War. From 2012.

Katie Derham delves into the diaries of avid London concert goer Lionel Bradley written during the Second World War.

Classical music life in London during the Second World War, instead of stopping altogether once war was declared in 1939, actually flourished as the bombs fell. Lionel Bradley was a Librarian at the London Library, and also an avid lover of ballet, opera, orchestral and chamber music. After each event he attended, Lionel would write a personal bulletin describing the occasion, which he then circulated to his friends. Katie Derham explores musical life in London during the Second World War, through the writings of Bradley who often provides invaluable insight into world premieres, refugee artists, and a classical music scene which flourished during a world in turmoil.

Lionel Bradley was passionate about the arts. He often went to see the same productions, or hear the same works again and again, and through his diaries, Bradley captures developments, changes, or nuggets of social history, otherwise forgotten today. These priceless insights into a bygone world contained within Bradley's bulletins, are held at the Royal College of Music, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Professor Paul Banks from the RCM, and V&A's Curator of Dance Jane Pritchard, team up with Katie Derham to explore these written narratives, whilst Joan Bailey who worked with Bradley at the London Library, brings Bradley the man to life.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.

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30 minutes

Last on

Tue 6 Jul 2021 02:30

Broadcasts

  • Tue 9 Oct 2012 11:30
  • Sun 14 Oct 2012 13:30
  • Wed 22 Mar 2017 06:30
  • Wed 22 Mar 2017 13:30
  • Wed 22 Mar 2017 20:30
  • Thu 23 Mar 2017 01:30
  • Mon 5 Jul 2021 14:30
  • Tue 6 Jul 2021 02:30