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Margaret Heffernan

The writer and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan shares her lifelong passion for music with Michael Berkeley and describes how we can best prepare for an unpredictable future.

The writer and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan shares her lifelong passion for classical music with Michael Berkeley and describes how we can best prepare for an unpredictable future.

Born in Texas, raised in Holland and educated in Britain, Margaret Heffernan has had a hugely varied career – she’s been a high profile entrepreneur and the CEO of multimedia technology companies in America; she’s written plays and spent 13 years as a BBC producer; she’s a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath; she’s written seven bestselling and prize-winning business books and her Ted Talks have been watched by more than twelve million people.

Underlying everything Margaret does are her unconventional, inclusive ideas about leadership summed up by her motto: ‘Let's not play the game, let's change it.’

Margaret’s intense curiosity about the world is reflected in her lifelong desire to discover music. She trained as a singer while living in America and she chooses music she studied by Vivaldi and by Monteverdi; part of a requiem by the contemporary composer Nick Bicat; and a piece by William Brittelle performed by the experimental vocal group Roomful of Teeth, to which her son introduced her.

And we hear part of Anthony Burgess’s rarely heard operetta Blooms of Dublin, which was produced for the BBC in 1982 by her first husband Michael who was killed when they had been married for just two years.

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

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34 minutes

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Sun 18 Apr 2021 12:00

Music Played

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Sol da te (Orlando furioso)

    Singer: Cecilia Bartoli. Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus. Conductor: Jean‐Christophe Spinosi.
  • Miles Davis

    So What

  • Nick Bicât

    In paradisum (Requiem)

    Ensemble: Taverner Consort. Conductor: Andrew Parrott.
  • Anthony Burgess

    The Blooms of Dublin

    Narrator: Anita Reeves. Singer: Alison Hargan. Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Proinnsías Ó Duinn.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no.7 in A major, Op.92 (2nd mvt: Allegretto)

    Orchestra: Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
  • William Brittelle

    Amid the Dinosaurs

    Ensemble: Roomful of Teeth.

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  • Sun 18 Apr 2021 12:00

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