The Playlists

Abacus ~ Season II

Tuesday, Fourth December – Divinity rest ye merry Cisgenders
Wonderful stories ~ Yes
I drove all night ~
Cyndi Lauper
This town ain’t big enough for the both of us ~
Hit me with your rhythm stick ~
Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Desert Rose ~
Sting & Youssou N’Dour
Sorry seems to be the hardest word ~
Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Here we come a-wassailing ~
Kate Rusby

Tuesday, Sixth November, Twenty EighteenOpiate of the Plutocracy
Comfortably numb ~ Pink Floyd                                                                                Hell broke Luce ~ Tom Waits                                                                                       Wish you were here ~ Pink Floyd

Tuesday, Second October, Twenty EighteenOpen Mike
A burst of a 22-min song by an unknown Yemeni and his backing singers. Anyone who knows anything about this singer, please let us know.

Coco Swing ~ La petite Comité                                                                                     A tribute to Zawardi Mongane ~ Bugge Wesseltoft                                                   (In memory of) Harry Patch ~ Radiohead


Season I

Abacus themeTrevor Cox playing Kuku

Tuesday, Fifth June, Twenty Eighteen – Animus of a Satirist
A burst of Speaker Bercow giving sound advice to the Chancellor                          Money ~ The Flying Lizards

Tuesday, May Day, Twenty Eighteen – Fighting fire with fire                               Speaker Bercow …  sound advice … the Chancellor
Keep young and beautiful
~ Eddie Cantor, from the 1933 film Roman Scandals: music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin

Bohemian Rhapsody ~ Queen from the 1975 album A night at the Opera
Stairway to Heaven ~ Led Zeppelin from Led Zeppelin IV in 1971

Tuesday, Third April, Twenty Eighteen – Huguenots rising
Gimme Shelter ~ The Rolling Stones
Bercow … advice … Chancellor

Tuesdays, Sixth February & March, Twenty Eighteen – Food of Love
All music in the programme is composed – and in collaboration performed – by our gorgeous guest, Sarah Llewellyn
Hey Nonny Nonny ∼ Red Shift Theatre’s production of Much Ado about Nothing
Extract ∼ Short Film about Love

Extract ∼ Transformations
Extract ∼ War and Peace
Musical Saw Kiss ∼ Scarlett Pimpernel 
Extract of Exploding Sock Song ∼ Yasmine

Tuesday, Second January, Twenty Eighteen – What in Earth [a treat of a repeat in light of the Oxford Farming conference]
Donizetti ~ Il Dolce Suono from Lucia di Lammermoor

Tuesday, Fifth December, Twenty Seventeen – Seeing the Light
The Clash ~ London’s Calling
Ralph McTell  ~ Streets of London

Tuesday, Seventh November, Twenty Seventeen – What in Earth
Donizetti ~ Il Dolce Suono from Lucia di Lammermoor

Tuesday, Third October, Twenty Seventeen – Geyser of Creativity
Simon Rogers ~ Hustle theme
Debbie Wiseman ~ Scrooge & Marley’s theme from Dickensian


Theard side of the Coin

Series iii – Iconoclasts

Tuesday, Fourteenth July – Modernity
Thoroughly Modern Millie: Julie Andrews
Folon: Salif Keita
Lovely Day: Bill Withers

Tuesday, Twenty first July – Whither Art?
Vintage and Classic cars revving
JS Bach: Partita for Solo Cello in G Major
Eminem: Lose Yourself


Series ii
Sunday, Eighteenth January – What is there left to believe?
Chris Rea – Road to Hell
WA Mozart – Lacrimosa from the Requiem
The Monkees – I’m a believer

Sunday, Twenty fifth January – Burns’ Night and Day
The Proclaimers – I’m gonna be
Andy M. Stewart – Red, Red Rose
The Highlanders (?) – Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh

Sunday, First February – Homelessness: the domino of catastrophe
Paul Simon – Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Janice Joplin – Mercedes Benz
Tom Waits – A little drop of Poison

Sunday, Eight February – Saddle Sore
Blur – Song 2
Frances England – Bicycle
Cyndi Lauper – I drove all night

Sunday, Twenty second February – Smoke & Mirrors
Super group comprising: David Gilmour, Brian May, Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi, Paul Rodgers, Richie Blackmore, Chris Squire, Alex Lifeson, Keith Emmerson, Roger Taylor, Geoff Beauchamp, Geoff Downes and Bryan Adams – Smoke on the Water
Brian Ferry – Smoke gets in your eyes [Jerome Kern & Otto Harbach]

Sunday, First March – Site seeing
The Comundards – You are my World
Sting – Russians
The Doors – The End


Series i

Sunday, Fourteenth September – The function of Friendship
The Stranglers – Heroes
Don McLean – Babylon
Simon & Garfunkel – Old Friends
Bizet – Au font du Temple Saint, the Pearl Fishers Duet
Sid Vicious – My way
Ben E King – Stand by me
Judy Tzuke – Stay with me til Dawn
Regina Spektor – The Call

Sunday, Twenty first September – The purpose of Expression
Pink Floyd – Comfortably numb
Sergei Rachmaninoff – 1st & 3rd movements, Piano Concerto No 2 in C Minor Op 18 played by Alexei Sultanov
Salif Keita – Folon
Yves Montant – Les Feiulles Mortes
Herbert Grönemeyer – Mensch
Danny Elfman Titles track – Edward Scissorhands

Sunday, Twenty eighth September – The nature of Dialogue
Human League – Don’t you want me baby?
Hermione Ginggold & Maurice Chevalier – I remember it well
Lorretta Lynn & Conway Twitty- You’re the reason our kids are ugly
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – Sister Rosetta goes before us
Kirsty McCall & The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
Annie Lennox – Here comes the rain
Sophia Loren & Peter Sellars – Goodness Gracious Me

Sunday, Fifth October – The comfort of Intimacy
Bryan Ferry – Sonnet 18 from When Love Speaks/RADA alumni compilation
JS Bach – Double violin Concerto in D Minor
WA Mozart – Papageno/Papagena duet, The Magic Flute
Jean Sibelius – 3rd Movement of Symphony No 5 in E Flat Major, Op 82

Sunday, Twelfth October – The mellowness of Vision
Donovan – Mellow Yellow
Des Ree – Missing you
Phil Collins – Take a look at me now – from Against all Odds;
Eric Clapton – Wonderful tonight
Pete Townsend – Can you see the real me – from Quadrophenia;
Eric Idle – Always look on the bright side of Life – from The Life of Brian
Sister Wendy – Taking us into a painting by Van Gogh

Sunday, Nineteenth October – The music of Numbers
Mostly Chuck Bassie singing live with his guitar and acoustic box
Kathleen Ferrier – Ombra mai fu from Händl’s Xerxes
Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe
JS Bach – Prelude: Cello Suite No 1 in G Major, played by Robert Cohen
ABBA – Take a chance on me

Sunday, Twenty sixth October – The unity of Words
Sting – Shape of my heart
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Come up and see me (make me smile)
Julie Andrews – I have confidence in me from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music
Bettye Swan – Then you can tell me
John Leguiamo & the Moulin Rouge cast – Hindi Sad Diamonds





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