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Heather Hallett, former judge and crossbench peer

Heather Hallett, crossbench peer Baroness Hallett of Rye, shares the eight tracks, book and luxury she would take with her if cast away to a desert island. With Lauren Laverne.

Heather Hallett, Baroness Hallett of Rye, is a former judge and a cross-bench peer.

Called to the Bar in 1972, Heather practised family, civil and criminal law, eventually specialising in criminal law. In 1989 she became a QC and was the first woman to chair the Bar Council in 1998. She was only the fifth woman to be appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2005 and was appointed vice president of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division in 2013.

Heather was born in Eastleigh in Hampshire. Her father Hugh was a policeman who worked his way up to the rank of assistant chief constable. With each promotion the family moved house and Heather’s education was disrupted, leading her teachers to conclude that she was unlikely to secure a place at university. Heather proved them wrong and studied law at the University of Oxford.

In 2009 she acted as coroner at the inquest into the deaths of the 52 victims of the July 7th London bombings in 2005 and she has taken over the inquest of Dawn Sturgess who died in the Salisbury Novichok poisonings.

Heather retired as a judge in 2019 and currently sits as a life peer.

DISC ONE: Caroline (Live) by Status Quo
DISC TWO: Climb Ev’ry Mountain by Peggy Wood (Mother Abbess)
DISC THREE: Wing Commander Hancock by Tony Hancock and Kenneth Williams
DISC FOUR: Invisible Touch by Genesis
DISC FIVE: The Best by Tina Turner
DISC SIX: I Heard it Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
DISC SEVEN: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind by Temple Church Choir
DISC EIGHT: Vissi d’Arte by Maria Callas (soprano) and Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, conducted by Victor De Sabata

BOOK CHOICE: Inspector Morse Mysteries Series Collection by Colin Dexter
LUXURY ITEM: A solar-powered iPad
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Caroline (Live) by Status Quo

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Paula McGinley

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Fri 11 Jun 2021 09:00

Music Played

  • Status Quo

    Caroline (Live)

    • Live Alive Quo.
    • Polydor Records.
    • 1.
  • Peggy Wood (Mother Abbess)

    Climb Ev'ry Mountain

    • The Sound Of Music: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • RCA Victor.
    • 8.
  • Genesis

    Invisible Touch

    • Genesis: Platinum Collection.
    • Virgin Records Ltd.
    • 5.
  • Tina Turner

    The Best

    • Foreign Affair.
    • EMI Records Limited.
    • 2.
  • Marvin Gaye

    I Heard It Through The Grapevine

    • 20 Greatest Songs In Motown History.
    • Universal-Island Records Limited.
    • 3.
  • Temple Church Choir

    Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

    • Favorite Hymns From The Temple Church.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • Giuseppe Giacosa

    Vissi d'Arte

    Composer: Luigi Illica. Composer: Giacomo Puccini. Singer: Maria Callas. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Victor de Sabata.
    • Master Class.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 7.


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  • Fri 11 Jun 2021 09:00

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