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Archbishop's Desert Island Discs

Sunday 22nd December 2002

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, appeared on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs programme on Sunday 22nd December 2002.

BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs

The Archbishop chose 8 records to take with him to a desert island, plus one book and one luxury.  His selection is listed below.

Click download on the right to listen to the programme [17Mb]



Ralph Vaughan Williams

Five Variants on Dives & Lazarus - 1st Variant

Orchestra: The Academy of St Martin in the Fields



James Hughes

Calon Lan (Guilesless Heart)

Choir: 5000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall



The Incredible String Band

The Hedgehog's Song



Claudio Monteverdi

Ave maris stella (from Vespers 1610)

Orchestra: The London Bach Orchestra & Louis Halsey Singers



Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G major - 1st movement

Soloist: Yuli Turovsky



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Magic Flute Act 1, Finale

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra & Choir

Conductor: Otto Klempener



Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata for the Third Day of Christmas

Soloist: Michael Goerge & Catherine Bott

Orchestra: New London Consort

Conductor: Philip Pickett



Alexander Dmitriyevich Kastalsky

Compline Isiah's prophecy, Znamemy Chant

Choir: Choir of Russian Cathedral in London


Book : Collection of poems by W H Auden

Luxury item: A piano 

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