Texts and music on the theme of beginnings, with readings by Geraldine James and Neil Pearson. Includes Tennyson, Spenser, Dylan Thomas, plus Haydn and Copland.
Words and Music marks the start of the new year with a programme on the theme of Beginnings, with readers Geraldine James and Neil Pearson. Tennyson and Spenser poetically mark the new year as a moment for hope and celebration, while Dylan Thomas' In The Beginning re-tells the biblical story of creation, with musical accompaniment from Haydn and Copland. Birth and the beginning of life is the inspiration for poems by Thom Gunn and Anne Stevenson, while Philip Larkin and A.E Housman reflect on the process of renewal, which sees life eternally beginning again.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Extract from In Memoriam (Ring out, wild bells), reader Ian Pearson
Extract from The Faerie Queen, reader Geraldine James
The King James Bible
Extract from Genesis, reader Neil Pearson
In The Beginning, reader Geraldine James
Dawn, reader Ian Pearson
Spring Morning, reader Geraldine James
The Sun Rising, reader Neil Pearson
Extract from Dracula , reader Geraldine James
Extract from David Copperfield, reader Neil Pearson
Extract from The Child In Time, reader Geraldine James