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Them and Us

From the 2012 Free Thinking Festival, a special live recording on the theme of 'them and us'. The readers are Sian Thomas and Ron Cook and music is from the Aronowitz Ensemble.

In this special edition of Words and Music recorded at The Free Thinking Festival in St Mary's Heritage Centre, opposite The Sage, Gateshead, Sian Thomas and Ron Cook read poetry and prose on the theme of this year's festival: Them and Us. Music is provided by The Aronowitz Ensemble, soprano Sarah-Jane Lewis and The NASUWT Riverside Band, with conductor Ray Farr.

The programme opens with an extract from Arthur C. Clarke's' sci-fi classic Childhood's End. We hear poetry by Fleur Adcock, Hilaire Belloc and Wilfred Owen and prose from Jane Austen and George Orwell. Our musical accompaniment includes Mars from Holst's The Planets, Thomas Ades' Darknesse Visible and Poulenc's Voyage a Paris.

Producer: Georgia Mann-Smith.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 4 Nov 2012 18:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Arthur C. Clarke

    Childhood’s End (excerpt), reader Sian Thomas

  • 00:03

    Gustav Holst, arr. Norman Richardson

    Mars, from 'The Planets'

    Performer: NASUWT Riverside Band, Ray Farr (conductor)

  • 00:06

    Henry Purcell

    Fairest Isle, from 'King Arthur'

    Performer: Sarah-Jane Lewis (soprano), Alasdair Beatson (piano)

  • William Shakespeare

    Richard II (excerpt), reader Ron Cook

  • 00:10

    Henry Purcell

    Fantasia, Z732

    Performer: Aronowitz Ensemble

  • Nancy Mitford

    Noblesse Oblige (excerpt), reader Sian Thomas

  • Francis Scarfe

    Tyne Dock, reader Ron Cook

  • 00:16

    Trad., arr. Philip Harper

    The Water of Tyne

    Performer: NASUWT Riverside Band, Ray Farr (conductor)

  • Hilaire Belloc

    The South Country (excerpt), reader Sian Thomas

  • 00:21

    Percy Grainger

    Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol

    Performer: Alasdair Beatson (piano)

  • 00:23

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Quartet K478, 3rd movement

    Performer: Aronowitz Ensemble

  • Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice (excerpt), reader Sian Thomas

  • 00:31

    Francis Poulenc

    Voyage à Paris

    Performer: Sarah-Jane Lewis (soprano), Alasdair Beatson (piano)

  • George Orwell

    Down and Out in Paris and London (excerpt), reader Ron Cook

  • 00:34

    Jean Françaix

    String Trio, 2nd movement

    Performer: Aronowitz Ensemble

  • Wendy Cope

    Men and Their Boring Arguments, reader Sian Thomas

  • 00:37

    Cole Porter

    I Hate Men, from 'Kiss Me Kate'

    Performer: Sarah-Jane Lewis (soprano), Alasdair Beatson (piano)

  • Simon Armitage

    You’re Beautiful (excerpt), reader Ron Cook

  • 00:41

    Dmitry Shostakovich

    Romance, from 'The Gadfly'

    Performer: Marie Macleod (cello), Alasdair Beatson (piano)

  • Siegfried Sassoon

    Base Details, reader Ron Cook

  • 00:44

    Béla Bartók

    Ruthenian Song

    Performer: Magnus Johnston, Tom Hankey (violins)

  • Wilfred Owen

    Strange Meeting (excerpt), reader Sian Thomas

  • 00:48

    Edward Elgar

    Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 82, 3rd movt (excerpt)

    Performer: Aronowitz Ensemble

  • Emily Brontë

    Wuthering Heights (excerpt), reader Sian Thomas

  • 00:56

    Thomas Adès

    Darknesse Visible (excerpt)

    Performer: Alasdair Beatson (piano)

  • Hanif Kureishi

    The Buddha of Suburbia (excerpt), reader Ron Cook

  • 01:00

    Glenn Miller, arr. Ray Farr

    Moonlight Serenade

    Performer: NASUWT Riverside Band, Ray Farr (conductor)

  • Fleur Adcock

    Immigrant, reader Sian Thomas

  • 01:05

    Antonín Dvořák

    Cypress No. 2, Allegro non troppo

    Performer: Aronowitz Ensemble

  • Michel de Montaigne

    Essays (excerpt), reader Sian Thomas

  • Philip Larkin

    The Mower, reader Ron Cook

  • 01:09

    Felix Mendelssohn

    Song Without Words, Op. 38 No. 6 in A flat major

    Performer: Alasdair Beatson (piano)

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