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Private Passions: Maggi Hambling

Michael Berkeley meets artist Maggi Hambling at her memorial to Britten on Aldeburgh beach. He visits her studio to find out how he has inspired her painting and sculpture.

As part of Radio 3's Britten Centenary weekend, Michael Berkeley travels to Aldeburgh beach to meet the artist Maggi Hambling at her controversial memorial to Britten in the form of two giant interlocking scallop shells.

Michael also visits her nearby studio to see her paintings inspired by the Suffolk sea and to talk about the effect of Britten's music on her painting and sculpture.

She tells Michael about her fascination with drawing and painting people she's loved after they've died; the importance of drawing; and her love of feeling rooted in Suffolk.

Maggi's music choices include music from Peter Grimes and the War Requiem, as well as Schubert, a song by her friend George Melly and some surprising music which sums up how she relaxes in the rare moments when she's not working.

57 minutes

Last on

Sun 24 Nov 2013 13:00

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Dawn (Four Sea Interludes from "Peter Grimes")

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Dies Irae (War Requiem, excerpt)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Galina Pavlovna Vishnevskaya. Singer: Peter Pears. Choir: London Symphony Chorus.
  • Franz Schubert

    Das Wirtshaus (Winterreise)

    Singer: Matthias Goerne. Performer: Graham Johnson.
  • Hunter-Green, Lily


    Performer: Lily Hunter-Green.
  • Edgar Leslie

    Masculine Women, Feminine Men

    Singer: George Melly. Music Group: John Chilton's Feetwarmers. Composer: James V. Monaco.
  • Eric Spear

    Coronation Street

    Performer: Ronnie Hunt.


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