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2003 Flee as a bird to the mountain, by Don Haworth
2002 Music at night, by Don Taylor
2002 Because you're not, by Andrea Earl
2001 The Devil's Music (3 x 45m) by Alan Plater
1998 The Devil & Paganini, 45m, by Hattie Naylor
1997 Next time we might play better, by Peter Tinniswood
1995 Rediscovering Leo, by John Harrison
1994 Spring Sonata, by Bernice Rubens
1991 The Surprise Symphony, by Guy Meredith
1985 The Lantern Bearers (can't remember author)
1980 Prodigies, by Dawn Lowe-Watson
1962 Three men in a boat, by Jerome K Jerome, musical

NOTES

FLEE AS A BIRD TO THE MOUNTAIN....2003
7 Aug 03, R4. A group of friends in their 60s revive the New Orleans jazz band which they formed in their youth. They're not a bad group...but then something happens. With Jack Shepherd, Philip Jackson, Trevor Cooper, Thomas Arnold, Philip Joseph, Elizabeth Bell, Martin Hyder. Music by Bob Dwyer's Hot Six; producer Peter Kavanagh.

MUSIC AT NIGHT....2002
See Don Taylor page.

BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT....2002
R4, Fri play, 60m, 29 Nov 02. A comedy with music set in the north of England; with James Ellis.

THE DEVIL's MUSIC....2001
Three linked plays about a tune which passes through the generations of a family. See Alan Plater's page.

THE DEVIL & PAGANINI....1998
Very odd play...

Next Time We Might Play Better (R4 1402 15 May, 1997) by Peter Tinniswood was an excellent comedy. An excruciatingly inept quartet of musicians - this play charts their progress in village halls, tea rooms and providing the background music at funerals.. .......Graham Crowden & Hugh Dickson take the lead parts and the ubiquitous Stephen Thorne occurs a little way down the cast list.

Rediscovering Leo....1995
-play about a reclusive composer.

THE SURPRISE SYMPHONY....1991
Readers will perhaps be familiar with Haydn's Surprise Symphony. As it's played, the musicians gradually disappear, one by one, until the conductor is left alone on the stage. Apparently Haydn was hinting to Count Esterhazy, his boss, that he wouldn't mind a holiday. This play has a similar structure - there's a murder, an orchestra on tour (seemingly full of assorted lunatics), and one by one the performers get bumped off ..... an excellent play, repeated on BBC7 in May 2004. (thanks to Paul Bines for alerting me to this).

THE LANTERN BEARERS....c1985
play about an odd fictional composer bearing some resemblances to Ben Britten. Not sure who wrote it...

PRODIGIES....1980
31.10.80 60min... A concert pianist, often away from home; his daughter a good musician but no genius; will she make the grade - and is this what she wants? And what about the pianist; will the girl on the train be more than a passing acquaintance? With David Buck as Tom, Sonia Fraser as Gabrielle, Elisabeth Lindsay as Isolda, Elizabeth Rider as Sarah, David Bradshawe as Jeremy, John Webb as Felix, Roger Hammond as Peter, Judy Franklin as Cynthia.

THREE MEN IN A BOAT....1962
Although Jerome's story is semi-autobiographical, I'm classifying it here as fiction. Three men in a boat,musical version, with K.Horne and L.Phillipps, 26.12.1962

Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

Asterisked plays known to exist in VRPCC collections

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