Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the composer and performer Richard Rodney Bennett. A versatile musician, he is equally at home playing jazz, writing film scores or composing for the concert hall. He wants to give performers music which they want to play, so he has written percussion pieces for Evelyn Glennie and saxophone sonatas for John Harle and Stan Getz. "Nobody," he says, "needs another violin concerto from anybody". His film scores include Murder on the Orient Express, Far From the Madding Crowd and Four Weddings and a Funeral, but he confesses to having most fun when he's just singing jazz.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Favourite track: Violin Concerto by William Walton
Book: The Atlantic book of British and American Poetry by Edith Sitwell
Luxury: 6mm 36 inch circular knitting needle with a point at each end