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Desert Island Discs: Music and Memories panel discussion at the British Academy

Join a panel of musicians Gavin Bryars, Martin Carthy and Steven Isserlis - all of whom have appeared over the years on one of the UK's most popular radio programmes, BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. As the panel journey through their experiences of selecting their castaway recordings, this event will explore the fascinating relationship between music and autobiography. Chaired by City University's Professor of Music, Stephen Cottrell, this event promises to give a unique insight into why music has such a deep connection to our everyday lives and memories.

Chair: Stephen Cottrell
Stephen Cottrell is Professor of Music and Head of Department at City University London. Before moving into higher education he enjoyed a freelance musical career spanning nearly two decades, during which he earned an international reputation as a saxophonist performing contemporary music, particularly as leader of the Delta Saxophone Quartet. His research interests fall into three inter-related areas: ethnographic approaches to musicians and music-making, particularly within the Western art music tradition; the study of musical instruments, especially the saxophone; and the study and analysis of musical performance.