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Coming of Age

From Romeo and Juliet to Naoise Dolan and Harry Potter. Plus the debut book from comedian Tez Ilyas, a performance by George the Poet and a winner of the Foyle Young Poets prize.

Josh O'Connor and Lydia Wilson with readings inspired by youthful experiences. Fresh from his role as Romeo for the National Theatre – a classic ‘coming of age’ story – The Crown’s Josh O'Connor reads Shakespeare, James Joyce and Harry Potter. Lydia Wilson, star of the thriller Requiem, offers contemporary fiction from Naoise Dolan and Emma Cline, along with Dickens’ bildungsroman David Copperfield, and a poem by Libby Russell, a past winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award run by the Poetry Society. Ted Hughes recites his own translation of Ovid in archive audio and Tez Ilyas reads from his Secret Diary of a British Muslim Aged 13 ¾.

The music includes Stravinsky's adolescent girls dancing the Rite of Spring, a Marian hymn from Palestrina, and Ravel's mythical young lovers, Daphnis et Chloé. Herbie Hancock, Rebecca Clarke and Felix Mendelssohn come of age as composers, while Patrick Doyle's film music shows Prince Hal turn into noble Henry V. The programme closes with Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier: the Marschallin bids farewell to her lost youth, and wishes her lover happiness with his new young bride.

Producer: Hannah Sander

Readings:
Charles Dickens – David Copperfield
Mishnah 5:21
Tez Ilyas – The Secret Diary of a British Muslim Aged 13 ¾
CS Lewis – Prince Caspian
James Joyce – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Libby Russell – ‘gaff’
Françoise Sagan – Bonjour Tristesse
Socrates (Plato) – ‘The children now love luxury’
Margaret Mead – Coming of Age in Samoa
Evelyn Waugh – Brideshead Revisited
Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet
Ted Hughes – ‘Echo and Narcissus’
Naoise Dolan – Exciting Times
Thomas Morris – ‘All the Boys’
JK Rowling – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Emma Cline – The Girls
Claude McKay – ‘Adolescence’

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Charles Dickens

    David Copperfield, read by Lydia Wilson

  • 00:00

    Sergei Prokofiev

    Cinderella Suite No 1, Op 107

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • DATSM/00/06/43/02.
    • TrB.
  • 00:01

    Sergei Prokofiev

    Cinderella Suite No 1, Op 107

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Mishnah 5:21

    Read by Josh O'Connor

  • 00:03

    Johannes Brahms

    Variations on a Theme by Haydn

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • DG 477 8570.
    • Tr1.
  • 00:05

    Johannes Brahms

    Variations on a Theme by Haydn

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
  • Tez Ilyas

    The Secret Diary of a British Muslim Aged 13 3/4, read by Tez Ilyas

  • 00:07

    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Ave regina coelorum - motet for 8 voices

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • COR16114.
    • Tr10.
  • CS Lewis

    Prince Caspian, read by Lydia Wilson

  • 00:08

    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Ave regina caelorum

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • James Joyce

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, read by Josh O'Connor

  • 00:11

    David Bowie

    Rebel Rebel

    Performer: David Bowie.
    • EMI Records Limited, David Bowie: The Singles Collection CD1.
    • Tr11.
  • Libby Russell

    gaff, ready by Lydia Wilson

  • 00:12

    David Bowie

    Rebel Rebel

  • 00:14

    Herbie Hancock

    Cantaloupe Island

    Performer: Herbie Hancock (piano), Freddy Hubbard (trumpet), Ron Carter (double bass), Tony Williams (drums).
    • Blue Note CDP724382933120.
    • Tr1.
  • 00:15

    Herbie Hancock

    Cantaloupe Island

  • Francoise Sagan

    Bonjour Tristesse, read by Lydia Wilson

  • Plato (Socrates)

    The children now love luxury, read by Lydia Wilson

  • Margaret Mead

    Coming of Age in Samoa, read by Josh O'Connor

  • 00:20

    Igor Stravinsky

    Cercles mystérieux des adolescentes, from The Rite of Spring

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
    • DG 4778775.
    • Tr9.
  • 00:21

    Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
  • 00:23

    Harry Middlebrooks

    Spooky

    Composer: Mike Shapiro. Lyricist: Buddy Buie. Lyricist: J. R. Cobb. Performer: Dusty Springfield.
    • Mercury Records Limited.
    • Tr24.
  • 00:24

    Dusty Springfield

    Spooky

  • Evelyn Waugh

    Brideshead Revisited, read by Josh O'Connor

  • 00:26

    Maurice Ravel

    Sunrise from Daphnis et Chloé

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • CSOR901906.
    • Tr17.
  • 00:27

    Maurice Ravel

    Lever du Jour (Daphnis et Chloe)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
  • William Shakespeare

    Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 sc. v, read by Josh O'Connor

  • Ovid, translated by Ted Hughes

    Echo and Narcissus, read by Ted Hughes

  • 00:33

    Radiohead

    Daydreaming

    Performer: Radiohead.
    • XL Recordings.
    • Tr2.
  • 00:35

    Radiohead

    Daydreaming

  • Naoise Dolan

    Exciting Times, read by Lydia Wilson

  • 00:37

    Rebecca Clarke

    Lullaby on an Ancient Irish Tune

    Performer: Philip Dukes. Performer: Sophia Rahman.
    • Naxos 8.557934.
    • Tr6.
  • 00:39

    Rebecca Clarke

    Lullaby on an Ancient Irish Tune

    Performer: Philip Dukes. Performer: Sophia Rahman.
  • 00:40

    Felix Mendelssohn

    Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • LSO0795.
    • Tr1.
  • 00:41

    Felix Mendelssohn

    Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Thomas Morris

    All the Boys, read by Josh O'Connor

  • 00:52

    George the Poet & Maverick Sabre

    Follow the Leader (acoustic version) (feat. Jorja Smith)

    • FAMM.
    • Tr1.
  • 00:53

    George the Poet

    Follow the Leader

  • JK Rowling

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, read by Josh O'Connor

  • 00:56

    Patrick Doyle

    St Crispin’s Day, from Henry V

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI7499192.
    • Tr10.
  • 00:58

    Patrick Doyle

    St Crispin’s Day, from Henry V

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Emma Cline

    The Girls, read by Lydia Wilson

  • 01:03

    Neil Young

    Old Man

    Performer: Neil Young.
    • Warner Music UK Limited.
    • Tr2.
  • 01:04

    Neil Young

    Old Man

  • Claude McKay

    Adolescence, read by Josh O'Connor

  • 01:06

    Richard Strauss

    Hab' mir's gelobt from Der Rosenkavalier

    Performer: Diana Damrau. Performer: Adrianne Pieczonka. Performer: Elīna Garanča. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Fabio Luisi.
    • DG 4779158, SIDE 16.
    • TR9.
  • 01:07

    Richard Strauss

    Hab' mir's gelobt (Der Rosenkavalier)

    Singer: Diana Damrau. Singer: Adrianne Pieczonka. Singer: Elīna Garanča. Orchestra: Dresden State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Fabio Luisi.

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