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First broadcast 70 years ago this month, the programme asks guests to choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island, along with one luxury item and one book. Castaways are also given the Bible and complete works of Shakespeare.
As well as sharing his thoughts on Strictly Come Dancing and John Travolta, McGregor explained why he was campaigning for more money for arts education in schools.
'We've always done ourselves a bit of a disservice in the arts to say that arts is supplementary to maths and English, and I think it's really important that actually dance is as important,' he says.
'One of the reasons that some people go to school is actually to have experiences in drama, or experiences in dance. But also that knowledge transfer, the brilliant things that dance has to offer education generally; your physical education, yes, but also your mental, creative, innovation education.'
Wayne McGregor's Desert Island Discs
- Esa-Pekka Salonen
- A Winged Victory for the Sullen
We Played Some Open Chords and Rejoiced, For the Earth Had Circled the Sun Yet
- Jim Reeves
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
- Franz Schubert
Impromptu in G Flat Major
Performer: Jenő Jandó
- Steve Reich
Electric Counterpoint, III. Fast
Performer: Jonny Greenwood
- George Michael
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
- Judi Dench
Send in the Clowns
- Book: Diderot’s Encyclopedia
- Luxury item: Tatsuo Miyajima’s digital art work, Life
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