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Pat Albeck

Kirsty Young interviews designer Pat Albeck.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the designer Pat Albeck.

Born in Hull, Pat went to art school there when she was 16. In 1950, she earned a place at The Royal College of Art to study textile design and moved to London. As Britain emerged from the austerity of the war years, Pat began her career designing bold and exciting fabrics for the fashionable dress design company of the time, Horrocks. In the 60 years that have followed, her designs have graced pottery, paper, furnishing fabrics as well as over 300 tea towels - a record which has brought her the unofficial title 'Queen of the Tea Towel'.

Producer: Isabel Sargent.

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45 minutes

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Fri 27 Mar 2015 09:00

Music Played

  • Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra & The Pied Pipers

    I'll Never Smile Again (Until I Smile at You)

    • The Young Sinatra Night And Day.
    • Conifer.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fantasie in F minor

    Performer: Paul Lewis. Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Franz Schubert Piano Duets.
    • Hyperion.
  • Jean Sablon


    • Enchante.
    • ASV.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Waltz in A minor, KK IV6 No. 11

    Performer: Peter Jablonski.
    • Chopin: The Waltzes; Polonaise, op53.
    • Decca.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Lenski's Aria from Eugene Onegin

    Performer: Plácido Domingo.
    • The Placido Domingo Album.
    • RCA.

    • Danielle Licari & José Bartel

      La gare (Guy s'en va)

      • Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.
      • Sony.
  • Jake Thackray

    Isabel Makes Love upon National Monuments

    • Jake Thackray: Jake In A Box.
    • Emi.
  • Lil Rice & Ollie Clarke


    • Private not commercial recording..

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy


    A desk with two drawers full of art materials


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Pat Albeck
Producer Isabel Sargent


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