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Katharine Whitehorn

Michael Berkeley's guest is journalist Katharine Whitehorn. Her musical selections include Sibelius's Finlandia, a piece by Chopin and symphonies by Mozart and Beethoven.

Michael Berkeley talks to veteran journalist Katharine Whitehorn about the music she's loved all her life.

She's often quoted as saying: 'Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for it.' Katharine explains that she had quite a few false starts along the way - running away from school, failing as an architecture student, dabbling in modelling - until she found her true vocation of journalism and began a career that has spanned Picture Post, the Observer and Saga Magazine.

She's also known to millions as the author of Cooking in a Bedsitter, first published in 1961 and still the bible of student cookery.

Her music choices include Finlandia, invoking memories of another - happy - false start; a piece of Chopin played by her father; Mozart and Beethoven symphonies; and one of the few songs she and her much-loved husband Gavin Lyall both enjoyed.

Producer: Jane Greenwood
A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 3.

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24 minutes

Last on

Sun 21 Feb 2016 12:00

Music Played

  • Jean Sibelius


    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Waltz in D flat, Op.64 no.1 (Minute Waltz)

    Performer: Lang Lang.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No.147 (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring)

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner. Choir: King's College Cambridge Choir.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony no.39 in E flat major, K.543 (2nd mvt: Andante con moto)

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
  • Pascal Bastia

    Je tire ma reverence

    Singer: Jean Sablon.
  • John Denver

    Follow Me

    Singer: John Denver.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no.6 in F, Op.68 (Pastoral) (1st mvt, excerpt)

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Leopold Stokowski.


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