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Max Nicholson

Sue Lawley's castaway is ornithologist and conservationist Max Nicholson.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is a man who spans our century. Aged 91, Max Nicholson has enjoyed careers in conservation, politics, journalism and the Civil Service.

But his great passion remains ornithology. As a tiny boy, his parents took him one rainy afternoon to see the stuffed birds in the Natural History Museum, and there his great obsession was born. He was a conservationist before anyone understood the idea of ecology. He's played major parts in the founding of the Nature Conservancy Council, the World Wildlife Fund and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Symphony No 6 In F Major Op 68 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: The Phenomenon of Man by Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
Luxury: Binoculars

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 22 Sep 1995 09:05

Music Played

  • Charlie Kunz & the Casini Club Orchestra

    Red Sails In The Sunset

    Artist: George Barclay

    • Charlie Kuntz & The Casani Club.
    • Decca.
  • The Concert Band and Chorus Of R.A.A.F

    It's A Long Way To Tipperary

    • 30 Smash Hits Of The War Years.
    • Crest.
  • Stuart Robertson

    Down In Demerara

    • HMV.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (from The Magic Flute)

    Soloist: Ewald Bohmer Orchestra: The Berlin State Opera Orchestra

    • HMV.
  • Turner Layton

    A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

    • You Must Remember This.
    • Happy Days.
  • Stuart Robertson

    The Road To The Isles

    • HMV.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Waltz (from La Belle Hélène)

    Orchestra: The Savoy Hotel Orpheans

    • Columbia.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral'

      Orchestra: The Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra Conductor: Otto Klemperer

      • Beethoven: Symphony No 6.
      • EMI.
  • Book Choice

    • The Phenomenon of Man - Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

  • Luxury Choice

    • Binoculars


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Max Nicholson


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