Private Passions

Guests from all walks of life discuss their musical loves and hates.



Michael Berkeley talks to actor Paul Rhys, whose choices include Bach's St Matthew Passion


Michael Berkeley is joined by the painter Martin Fuller, whose work is currently enjoying a retrospective at the art gallery and museum in his home town of Leamington Spa.

His musical choices include songs by Duke Ellington, Oscar Brown and Charles Mingus, as well as a late Beethoven string quartet and an excerpt from Verdi's Requiem.


Michael Berkeley is joined by the scholar, biographer and art historian FRANCEs Spalding, who has written extensively on members of the Bloomsbury Group.

Her latest book is a much-acclaimed biography of the wood engraver Gwen Raverat - a friend of Rupert Brooke and Lytton Strachy and the granddaughter of Charles Darwin.

Spalding's musical choices include church and educational music and works by Vivaldi, Glinka, Mussorgsky and Billie Holiday


Michael Berkeley talks to writer and journalist Andro Linklater and plays his choice of music, including Josephine Baker, Marianne Faithfull, John Adams and Javanese gamelan music.


Michael Berkeley's guest is American jazz pianist Fred Hersch.

His choice of music features Bach, Ravel, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Joni Mitchell and Earl Hines.


Michael Berkeley is joined by art historian John Gage, an authority on the works of Turner and the author of two monumental studies of the role played by colour in art and culture.


Michael Berkeley talks to the BBC's political editor Andrew Marr, whose choice of music includes Bach, Mozart, Shostakovich, Bob Dylan and Burt Bacharach.


Michael Berkeley talks to agony aunt Irma Kurtz, whose musical choices include works by Tchaikovsky, Britten, Ravel, Janacek and Sondheim.


Michael Berkeley's guest is Jude Kelly, artistic director of the West YORKshire Playhouse.

Her musical choices include Donizetti, John Cage, Haydn, Elgar and Joni Mitchell


Michael Berkeley meets theatre director David McVicar, whose musical selection includes Handel, Mozart, Britten, Ravel and Nina Simone


Michael Berkeley talks to author Hanif Kureishi, whose musical choices are almost all contemporary and include the Beatles, Steve Reich, Arvo Part, John Cage and Zakir Hussein.


Michael Berkeley talks to Prof Sir Tom Blundell, whose wide-ranging musical tastes include pieces from INDIA, PAKISTAN and Senegal, Mozart, Bellini, Verdi and Billie Holiday


Michael Berkeley talks to arts consultant Christopher Hunt, whose choice of music includes pieces by Handel, Bach, Mozart and Harrison Birtwistle.


Michael Berkeley talks to former ENGLAND Test cricketer Tony Lewis, whose musical choices include Beethoven, Handel, Haydn and Schubert and a chorale by Karg-Elert.


Michael Berkeley talks to poet Simon Armitage, whose musical choices include songs by Hugo Wolf, Nina Simone and Radiohead, and sacred music by Arvo Part, Durufle and Tavener.


Michael Berkeley talks to writer Peter Parker, whose choices focus on music from the 1920s and 1930s, with pieces by Weill, Coward, Cole Porter, Krenek, Stravinsky and Britten.


Michael Berkeley talks to writer, broadcaster and critic Clive James


Michael Berkeley talks to poet Wendy Cope, whose musical choices include Tallis, Britten, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and Judith Weir


Michael Berkeley talks to novelist and playwright Nigel Williams, whose musical choices include Bach, Mozart, Muddy Waters and Orlando Gibbons.


Michael Berkeley talks to historian Niall Ferguson, whose musical choices include Schubert, Beethoven, Wagner, Robert Burns and Cannonball Adderley.


Michael Berkeley talks to playwright Arnold Wesker, whose choice of music includes Elgar, C P E Bach, Michael Nyman and Japanese composer Shikeiki Saegusa.


Michael Berkeley talks to trumpeter Guy Barker, who chooses music by Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Honegger and Martinu.


Michael Berkeley is joined by the academic George Steiner, whose musical choices include works by Salamone Rossi, Gesualdo, Schubert, Poulenc, Edith Piaf and Hammerstein.


Michael Berkeley talks to Dr Susan Wollenberg, whose musical choices reflect her interest in Viennese Baroque music, especially Schubert, C P E Bach and women composers.


Michael Berkeley talks to war correspondent Robert Fox, whose choice of music includes Victoria, Vivaldi, Cimarosa, Mozart, George Butterworth and Leonard Cohen


Michael Berkeley meets Nicholas de Jongh, chief theatre critic of the LONDON Evening Standard, whose choice of music includes Bach, Schubert, Mozart, Richard Strauss and Mahler.


Michael Berkeley talks to actor and director Simon McBurney, who chooses music by Beethoven, Chopin, Cage and Schnittke and traditional music from around the world.


Michael Berkeley talks to actor and director Philip Franks - Sgt Craddock in four series of Heartbeat - who chooses Purcell, Bach, Mozart, Shostakovich, John Adams and the Beatles.


Michael Berkeley talks to writer Sue Townsend, whose musical choices include Bach, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Edith Piaf, Jack Teagarden and Shandileer.


Michael Berkeley talks to Nobel prize-winner Sir James Mirrlees, whose musical choices include Monteverdi, Goehr, Stravinsky, Schubert, Beethoven, Schoenberg and Stockhausen.


Michael Berkeley talks to AUSTRALIAn novelist Tim Winton and introduces his choice of music.


Michael Berkeley talks to Prof Steven Pinker, whose musical choices include Bach, Itzhak Perlman, Maurice Jarre, and songs by the Beatles, the Neville Brothers and Elvis Costello.


Michael Berkeley talks to novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard, whose choice of music includes include Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Strauss and Brahms.


Michael Berkeley talks to film and TV composer Stephen Warbeck, whose musical choices include Messiaen, Eisler, Britten, Bob Dylan, Keith Jarrett and the Pogues.


Michael Berkeley talks to criminal psychologist Prof David Canter, whose choice of music ranges from Palestrina and Bach to Ligeti and the Beatles.


Michael Berkeley talks to Jon Lord, the classically-trained keyboard player of the rock group Deep Purple.

In 1969 Jon Lord made a pre-emptive strike for 'crossover' when his 'Concerto for Group and Orchestra' was performed at the Royal Albert Hall, conducted by Sir Malcolm Arnold.

Today he reveals some of the influences on his own music, including works by Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, Bach, Bartok and The Beatles.


Michael Berkeley's guest today is the distinguished South AFRICAn writer Andre Brink, who is Emeritus Professor of ENGLISH at the University of Cape Town.

Born into his country's exclusionary white culture, he repudiated its apartheid policies after studies in PARIS in the 1960s, and his many novels - including Looking On Darkness, Rumours Of Rain, The Rights Of Desire and The Other Side Of Silence - confront the painful realities and dilemmas of life in present-day South AFRICA.

He has also written plays, children's books and literary criticism.

His musical passions range from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin to a Croatian folk-song and a chanson by Francoise Hardy.


Today Michael Berkeley talks to the young British novelist Toby Litt, a graduate of Malcolm Bradbury's Creative Writing Course at the University of East Anglia, and author of Adventures In Capitalism, Corpsing, Deadkidsongs and, most recently, Exhibitionism.

His choice of music is eclectic, ranging from Bach, Saint-Saens, Mahler and Stravinsky to Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and the much-acclaimed young British composer Thomas Ades.


Michael Berkeley's guest today is Peter Brookes, political cartoonist of The Times.

His great love is opera, and today he has chosen extracts from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Handel's Rinaldo, and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress.

He is also passionate about chamber music, and movements from quartets by Janacek and Shostakovich feature among his choices.


Today Michael Berkeley meets Matthew Parris, who recently published his memoir Chance Witness: An Outsider's Life In Politics.

A Conservative MP for seven years under the Thatcher government,