Reviews

Reviews of Portraits in Sound

Amanda Lord

Barrister; referring to her father Dato' Neville Green OBE

"I wish you could have seen how thrilled my dad was with his recording. When he listened he was as gripped as if he was hearing the stories for the first time. Thanks so much - the recording has turned out to be a tremendously successful present to him, never mind his descendants!"

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Mrs Calista Lucy

Keeper of the Archives,
Dulwich College

"I at last found time over half term to listen to the two CDs and it is marvellous. I was listening with my husband in the car, William knows Terry (Walsh - retired Deputy Master) and wanted to listen to it again he was so enthralled. It is brilliant partly because Terry is such a good raconteur but also because you have put it together so well.
Thank you"

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Dawn Penso

Economist (extract from a letter printed in Saga Magazine, Jan 2012)

"I was a bit nervous before the interview. I thought I'd get a grilling like on the Today programme, but Claire just encouraged me to relax and reminisce, so I found much to my surprise, I enjoyed myself! So glad to have done this - particularly for my American grand-children"

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Julia Peyton-Jones

Former Director of the Serpentine Gallery

"To hear the voice of someone you love or admire speaking directly to camera, as it were, is a great privilege and a truly moving experience. Thank you so much for the recording of Peggy, it was a wonderful thing to receive and I will treasure it always."

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Noel Browne 

Irish immigrant grandfather

"The recording was very good, but hearing my own voice put me off! But I'm over the moon with it. The fact that my great grandchildren will actually hear my voice. It's so much more personal than just reading about me. And my children, I've never sat down and told them all I told Claire. There just isn't time in modern life to really talk like my father used to talk to me, which is how I was able to remember all his adventures."

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Doreen Winterflood

Wife of Brian Winterflood, (CEO of Winterflood Securities)

"I found the interview amazing, as I remembered events that had long been buried in my memory, some of which proved to be very emotional indeed but quite cathartic. All in all a very moving experience."

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Angus Hanton

Bell House, Dulwich

"Claire told me the "portraits in sound" of my mum and dad would mainly be for the grandchildren but the recordings turned out to be full of stories that were news to me. I learnt a lot, also, about where I'd come from and what they've been through in the war and the postwar years. Made me cry. My parents loved telling their story."

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Professor Sir Brian Thwaites

Commissioned by Dulwich College

"Well...! I'm not quite sure what to say! But first, I do congratulate you on doing a superb job - and I absolutely love the first 4 bars at the beginning! - and also the brilliant way you've closed with the end of the fugue.
As for the content, I agree with a lot that this chap says! It's better than I thought it would be in that there is a surprising lot of genuine social comment, seriously considered comparisons with today, and educational wisdom. Very little gossip, which is good. I'm certainly not ashamed of it.
With further expressions of unexpected satisfaction..."

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Graham Max Frosts 

Producer BBC Radio 4

"I had Portraits In Sound do its magic on my mother and I'm so glad I did! I knew Claire from the BBC but even I was taken aback by her skill, patience and flair. She managed to capture Mum's gentle humour, and also cope with her movable memory (!). This even required an extra visit to make a correction, which she did with grace and the minimum of fuss. I learned so much about my mother from hearing it. The audio was clean and used music and poetry to great, subtle effect. The result is something I can't wait for the grandchildren to hear - this will introduce them to the Mum I know and love like nothing else can."

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National Press: Reviews of Claire's broadcast material

The Independent

'Working Amongst the Tyrants'

Radio 4 - 08/12/90

"Dr Zoltan Frankl remembers his early life, as a young Hungarian Jewish surgeon working, first in Nazi concentration camps and then under the Communists. It's a concentrated and brilliantly composed feature, compiled by Claire Peyton Jones; and it offers no justification for itself, except that Dr Frankl's memories are fascinating."

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Sue Gaisford

Independent on Sunday 26.11.95

Mask' an evocation of Henry Purcell

Radio 3
 

"Claire Peyton Jones' superior production juxtaposed Ian Burton's jagged, glittering text with Ron Geesin's pastiche Baroque score. It was enough to make you want the whole year to start again."

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Robert Hanks

The Independent 23.3.91

Dramatization of William Blake's 'Marriage of Heaven and Hell'

Radio 3, broadcast Good Friday 29.3.1991
 

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"Here it gets a sympathetic dramatization by Claire Peyton Jones, superbly directed by Piers Plowright with a sharp introduction by Marilyn Butler... You oughtn't to miss it"

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Radio Times 

27.6.1991

'First Person'

Radio 4
 

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"Claire Peyton Jones tells the story of her romantic pilgrimage though post-Ceausescu Romania to the Moldavian monasteries."

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Note: Reviews of my BBC work

actually used my maiden name Randall