Tessa Rock's Desert Island Discs

  • Posted on: 20 August 2021
  • By: huw

Tessa sings soprano with Royston Choral Society (and other choirs). Here she introduces her Desert Island Discs.

Silence is Golden - The Tremeloes
This was the song that reminds me of my childhood – my Mum loved it and she always hoped it would be played on Friday Night is Music Night on the BBC Light Programme.

Peer Gynt
My parents weren’t big on music, but I remember a family friend introducing me to Peer Gynt. I loved that.

Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
This takes me back to growing up. It was a great track to pogo to and was full of teenage angst.

Bonny – Prefab Sprout. At university my tastes were more moderate. This is a beautiful song which takes me right back to a chill-out time.

Lacrimosa – Mozart

All we like sheep – Handel

Remember Me – Chilcott

Since I have been singing chorally, these are the songs I would chose. Lacrimosa is so moving. All we like sheep is so clever how Handel achieves the sound of bleating from all the singers. Finally, Remember me by Chilcott words by Christina Rossetti. Always makes me cry which isn’t good if you are trying to sing it!

Flying free - Don Besig
A last song which I recorded and sung at my Dad’s funeral – it felt like a tribute to him. He wasn’t religious but as a farmer and someone who loved nature, it hit the right note.