Desert Island Discs: Music and Memory


November 5, 2013


The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Event Web Site:

Desert Island Discs and the Discographic Self

As part of a conference organised by the British Academy, which runs from November 5-6, there will be an early evening event at 6PM on November 5 that is open to the public and where I will be one of the participants talking about my experience of doing Desert Island Discs (in 1998). It will also touch on broader aspects of music and memory. It will be chaired by Steve Cottrell, now Professor of Music at City University. I worked with Steve many years ago when he was a saxophonist, and his quartet, the Delta Saxophone Quartet, commissioned my quartet Alaric I or II. Steve also played regularly for me in musicals at Leicester Haymnarket theatre when I was in charge of music there and it became a standing joke between us as to what costume the band would be wearing this time… The first show was Fat Pig, by Henry Kieser, in which the band was on stage and were dressed as bananas (“The Rock ‘n’ Roll Bananas”) – I didn’t know this when I booked the band – and later he had to dress in drag as bandleader for Cabaret…

The other two guests are folk musician Martin Carthy and cellist Steven Isserlis

For full conference details see the web site

For details of the panel event see

Gavin Bryars