Here goes but not in any particular order.
1). The theme music from the film “Schindler’s List” by John Williams
A hugely moving and atmospheric theme to match the story.
2). The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams.
John Gormley accompanied A young student violinist playing this piece at a concert early in his time at Sherbrooke.
3). The Ashokan Farewell by Ungar
In this instance it was not played by A Military Band but by the “Tourie Band” an offshoot of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra who played in Sherbrooke under Stewart McCreath.
4). The Flower Duet by Delibes
This memory comes from wandering in Covent Garden one beautiful day and finding Student String instrumental and Vocal Buskers
5). Zadoc the Priest by Handel
This memory goes back to the first joint Service we did under John Gormley at St Margaret’s in Newlands! Serious stuff and exciting.
6). The Dark Island Trad. Iain MacLachlan
This goes back many, many years to a camping trip to Barra and the Outer Hebride but first sung at a Sherbrooke Woman’s Guild informal concert but with Dot Cook trying to keep me on the straight and narrow. Still a stalwart of the AM Chorus.
7). The Love Theme from The Firefly by Shostakovich
This piece I find is so soothing and calming with much of the composer’s work. He seems to be able to transcend various areas of taste.
8). I Belong to Glasgow by Will Fyfe
This is really to incorporate my other great love.....Glasgow Warriors as the teams run on at Scotstoun
I would have included some hymn favourites. Perhaps for another day!
However as for reading I tend to like crime novels with particular emphasis on Scottish Authors and those with particular geographic emphasis!
Denzil Meyrick covers The Kintyre Peninsula and Quintin Jardine is very specific in suburbs of Glasgow.
My luxury item would be a “Tardis”
I hate long distance travel and having two sons with wives and three grandchildren in Sydney, this would allow me not having to depend on them making all the effort coming to Scotland for family reunions!