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Donald Macleod talks with Thea Musgrave about her long life of happy music making

All this week, Donald Macleod is in conversation with Thea Musgrave as the Scottish born composer celebrates her 90th birthday.

In this final programme, Thea talks about the continuing pleasure she still derives from composing. Also, the on-going friendships she has with players, especially with the percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and the oboist Nicholas Daniel. And she describes the speech she made on recently winning the classical music prize at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards, about the vitally important part that music plays in all of our lives.

On the Underground, Set 1: Sometimes
New York Virtuoso Singers
Harold Rosenbaum, conductor

Songs for a Winter’s Evening
Lisa Milne, soprano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Osmo Vanska, conductor

Two’s Company – a concerto for percussion and orchestra
Dame Evelyn Glennie, percussion
Nicholas Daniel, oboe
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek, conductor

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Rosie Boulton for BBC Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Thea Musgrave

    Sometimes (Poems on the Underground - Set 1)

    Choir: New York Virtuoso Singers. Conductor: Harold Rosenbaum.
    • Bridge:9161.
    • Bridge.
    • 14.
  • Thea Musgrave

    Songs for a Winter's Evening

    Singer: Lisa Milne. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • NMC : NMC-D153.
    • NMC.
    • 7.
  • Thea Musgrave

    Two's Company for oboe, percussion and orchestra

    Performer: Evelyn Glennie. Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • NMC : NMC-D153.
    • NMC.
    • 14.

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