My list: Norman Ackroyd

Norman Ackroyd  amongst some of his favourite works from the 2015 Royal Academy summer show  at he Zillah bell Gallery in Thirsk.
Norman Ackroyd amongst some of his favourite works from the 2015 Royal Academy summer show at he Zillah bell Gallery in Thirsk.
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Born in Leeds in 1938, Norman Ackroyd is a Royal Academician, a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, and is regarded as one of the greatest living contemporary artists.

I’m currently reading: Alan Bennett’s Untold Stories, and also a book by the splendidly named Edmund Bogg, who was a picture-framer on Wade Street in Leeds in the Thirties, and evidently a more than accomplished local historian because his self-published work is on the Ancient Kingdom of Elmet.

I’ve been listening to: In Our Time on Radio 4, which is hosted by Melvyn Bragg. The subjects discussed cover just about everything – there was one the other week on the Salem witch trials. Fascinating.

On TV, I’ve been watching: Groucho Marx once said that he “found television very educational. When someone switches it on, I go into another room and read a book”, and I subscribe to that view. I watch some sport, some of the interesting documentaries on BBC 4 (particularly on archaeology) and that’s about it.

The film I last saw was: That recent Macbeth, with Michael Fassbender. Truly dreadful. Just played for all the violence and gore.

The live performance I’d recommend is: I wish that David Tennant would give his Hamlet again, now that WAS worth seeing. Brilliantly done, and a lesson in how the lines should flow. I also like the Hidden Orchestra, who are actually a quartet, and who play their music superbly.

My next box set will be: I do get sent a lot of DVDs and CDs as well, sometimes very obscure ones. But the two boxed sets that I return to time and time again, are of music, and they are the Beethoven Piano Concertos, with Simon Rattle and Alfred Brendel, and Chopin played by Artur Rubenstein.

• Norman Ackroyd’s exhibition, Skellig Revisited is at the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk until early January.