Desert Island Disc – Isabel Archer


This weekly feature gives us a little insight into The Abbey staff, and our next Desert Island Disc ‘castaway’ is Isabel Archer, Assistant Head responsible for Little Knellies, Reception and Lower Prep.


Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney

This is probably my soppiest choice as this was the first dance I shared with my husband at our wedding.

Best of You – Foo Fighters

My late teen enthusiasm for the Foo Fighters has never faded. Dave Grohl’s voice is iconic and his love and connection with all music genres shines through in the band’s varied back catalogue. However, Best of You is my favourite ‘shout it out’ track!

Beauty and the Beast – Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson

A mega Disney fan (and Disney Princess at heart) this is my favourite Disney movie, and favourite end credits song ever.

Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey

I just cannot resist singing along to any Mariah track, even if we are a total vocal mismatch!

Dancing Queen – ABBA (probably more specifically ‘Mamma Mia!’)

One of my proudest moments was seeing my brother on stage in the West End as Harry in ‘Mamma Mia’- the whole soundtrack will instigate a singalong at a family gathering but Dancing Queen always gets the moves too!

Joy – Bastille

I find Dan Smith’s vocals absolutely captivating. Bastille are top of my list of bands to see at the moment!

Crazy in Love – Beyonce

This is one that always reminds me of dancing with my girl friends at university (we still do whenever we can). The mighty Beyonce is an utter delight to watch live. 

Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – The Backstreet Boys

A recent theatre trip to see ‘& Juliet’ has totally reignited my love of 90s and 00s pop! This track was an absolute highlight!


The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

A beautiful tale about the powerful connections we make in life. I hope it would help me to feel connected to others whilst all on my own.

Luxury item

Hair serum – whilst no one else would have to witness the impact of the humidity (imagine Monica from ‘Friends’ and multiply!) it might help me embrace my curls!

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