In conversation with Natalie Wheen


In a BV exclusive, our own Jenny Devitt sat down with Natalie Wheen, one of the nation’s favourite broadcasters, for a wide-ranging conversation around Natalie’s Dorset Island Disc choices. Eavesdrop on their chat as Natalie shares the remarkable stories of how and why each piece of music has stuck in her life (you can find links to the specific pieces that Natalie chooses on the website here). Her choices are a fun, naughty, surprisingly moving and very personal wander through the memories of the greatest names in the world of classical music.

After a lifelong career presenting music to the nation, writer and radio presenter Natalie Wheen found it a challenge choosing just eight discs. For more than 30 years, she was an ever-present voice on our radios, with weekly shows ranging from presenting classical music on BBC Radio 3, and a broad selection of Radio 4 shows from the arts review Kaleidoscope to The Food Programme. Moving from the BBC to Classic FM in 1999, she was charged with ‘spicing up the repertoire’ – which she did for four hours a week for more than ten years.

Lastly, in the final item from April’s BV, Terry shares Rachael Rowe’s investigation into why there is such an enormous lack of NHS dentists in Dorset.

The BV podcast goes beyond the pages of the magazine, providing you with exclusive insights, behind-the-scenes stories, and in-depth conversations with our guests. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to take a look at the April issue of the BV here or visit our website to explore the articles and stories featured. 


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