Our Castaway: Roberta McLennan
First choice is Tchaikovsy’s 1812 overture. I first heard it aged 14 at music class in school. And thought it was a magnificent piece of music. The teacher went on to explain that it was the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra’s version. And for the first time cannons and church bells were introduced. Excuse the pun, I was blown away. CLICK HERE
Pretty Women by Roy Orbinson is next. In the early sixties I saw Roy Orbinson at the Odeon he had top billing and the support group were an little known group called the Beatles. He stood there with his guitar and just sang. He was very still. The emotions came from his voice. I found his performance mesmerising. CLICK HERE
My third choice is Dusty Springfield singing, The Son of a Preacher Man. Again I saw her in the Odeon. I was lucky to have a friend who worked in the Odeon’s booking office and got the best seats for all the performances. I thought she was a great performer and so trendy. Growing up in the sixties was groovy as there was an explosion of music, colour, fashion and the opening of new horizons. And that was reflected in the music. CLICK HERE
The last but not least choice from the Odeon days has to be the Beatles with Eleanor Rigby. The lyrics were very poignant and I was intrigued that these lads not much older than myself had such insight. I just loved the Beatles and remain a fan today. CLICK HERE
My fifth choice is the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. I first heard this in school. And the teacher spoke of the live performances given every Christmas at St.Andrew’s Halls. After hearing it on the gramophone I vowed when older I would go to the Christmas concert. Sadly the halls were burned down and I never achieved that aim. CLICK HERE
Finally Elgar’s hymn Jerusalem. I love watching the Proms especially the last night as there is so much excitement and joy. And listening to this piece of music and lyrics stirs the blood. I am proud to be Scottish but also of my British heritage. And being stuck on a desert island it would remind me of my own home island. CLICK HERE
My luxury item would be a comfy bed with a mosquito net. I enjoy reading a variety of genres and authors. To choose one book is very difficult. I love Jane Austin, her wit and the way she makes fun of her characters and I do so like a happy ending. So it would have to be the Cinderella story: Pride and Prejudice.
Best wishes everyone for 2021.