35 episodes

Talking about the lives, experiences and stories of people in classical music with artists, creatives and industry practitioners.

If you've wondered what it’s like being a professional musician or you're simply intrigued to find out more about the industry and this art form, then the Talking Classical Podcast is the show you need to listen to! From leading artists to amazing people working behind the scenes, each podcast features a special guest who will share their perspectives of classical music. We'll also have guests in other art forms such as ballet, musicals, theatre and video game music, providing new perspectives and seeing classical music as part of a wider picture within the arts, culture and society.

Talking Classical is created by Dr Annabelle Lee. She wanted to create a podcast where she could share her lifelong love of classical music and curiosity with the art form, and allow a space for intriguing, stimulating and open discussions about classical music...and more.

Listen to the Talking Classical Podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify and Acast.
Facebook - @talkingclassicalpodcast
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Blog - talkingclassicalpodcast.wordpress.com

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Talking about the lives, experiences and stories of people in classical music with artists, creatives and industry practitioners.

If you've wondered what it’s like being a professional musician or you're simply intrigued to find out more about the industry and this art form, then the Talking Classical Podcast is the show you need to listen to! From leading artists to amazing people working behind the scenes, each podcast features a special guest who will share their perspectives of classical music. We'll also have guests in other art forms such as ballet, musicals, theatre and video game music, providing new perspectives and seeing classical music as part of a wider picture within the arts, culture and society.

Talking Classical is created by Dr Annabelle Lee. She wanted to create a podcast where she could share her lifelong love of classical music and curiosity with the art form, and allow a space for intriguing, stimulating and open discussions about classical music...and more.

Listen to the Talking Classical Podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify and Acast.
Facebook - @talkingclassicalpodcast
Twitter - @tc_podcasts
YouTube - https://bit.ly/2WF4duy
Blog - talkingclassicalpodcast.wordpress.com

    Ep 31 - Anna Ovsyanikova

    Ep 31 - Anna Ovsyanikova

    In this episode, we'll be hearing from violinist Anna Ovsyanikova. She partners with Julia Sinani for their new disc "Les Saisons Françaises," released on Stone Records on Friday 3rd July 2020.

    Soaring through the seasons, this album is a beautifully chosen programme of late 19th and early 20th-century French repertoire for solo violin and piano. The disc includes sonatas by Debussy and Ravel, and works by the first female composer to be awarded the Prix de Rome in 1913, Lili Boulanger.

    Additionally, the album features Poulenc's Violin Sonata, composed from 1942-43. Two versions of the last movement have been included - the original and a rewritten version as a tribute to soloist Ginette Neveu.

    In this podcast, we discuss how Anna and Julia programmed the album, the importance of collaboration and recording at the Petersburg Recording Studio. We also talk about their mutual love of French chamber music and the relevance of this music for today. In particular, Anna encourages the album's listeners to find an emotional connections to the works, what they get out of the music and why they should be feeling the music in that way.

    Anna was born in St. Petersburg and is a PhD student at the Royal College of Music, where she holds a Doctoral Bursary. She is exploring the artistic legacies of Mathieu Crickboom so we started by finding out more about her research work. Russian-born pianist Julia Sinani is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. Both musicians enjoy busy performing careers.

    Many thanks to:
    Anna for taking the time to talk.
    Robert Shone at WildKat PR for bringing this wonderful album to my attention, and helping to facilitate the discussion.
    Podcast published on 2nd July 2020; interview recorded on 23rd June 2020.

    Find out more about Anna and Julia here: https://annalondonviolinist.com.
    https://juliasinani.com/about.
    Purchase their new album here: https://stonerecords.co.uk/album/les-saisons-francaises.

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    Ep 30 - Leon Bosch

    Ep 30 - Leon Bosch

    In this podcast, we'll be hearing from internationally acclaimed double bassist Leon Bosch.

    For many people around the world, the last few weeks have not been process not only with the current COVID-19 pandemic but also the tragic murdering of George Floyd, which has reawakened support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. In this discussion, we'll be hearing Leon's views on this recent news. We'll also learn about his harrowing experiences of living, studying and working in apartheid South Africa, and his encounters of racism within the classical music business.

    Many thanks to Leon for generously taking the time to talk to us especially for the podcast about his experiences.
    Podcast released 28 June 2020; interview recorded 26 June 2020.
    http://leonbosch.co.uk

    If you are affected by any of the issues in this podcast, please consult the following organisations and helplines:

    Runaway Helpline (a free 24/7, confidential helpline)
    Call or text for free on: 116000
    https://www.runawayhelpline.org.uk/advice/racism-and-discrimination

    The Monitoring Group
    24 hour helpline: 0800 374 618
    http://www.tmg-uk.org

    CALM
    Nationwide helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm-midnight, 365 days a year)
    https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat
    https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/racism

    Citizens Advice
    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/discrimination/protected-characteristics/race-discrimination

    Musicians' Union - Reflecting on #TheShowMustBePaused
    https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/News/2020/Jun/Reflecting-on-TheShowMustBePaused

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    Ep 29 - WildKat Tasting Menus and Drum & Lace

    Ep 29 - WildKat Tasting Menus and Drum & Lace

    On this podcast, we'll be showcasing the mouthwatering Tasting Menus from leading cultural and music PR agency WildKat, as well as acclaimed composer, sound artist and performer Drum & Lace whose latest EP "Further" was released last week.

    WildKat Tasting Menus
    WildKat's Press Assistant Robert Shone writes:
    "It is well known that a careful combination of sound and taste can elevate the sensory experience of both parties. Back in 1997, Heston Blumenthal enhanced his fish dish 'Sounds of the Sea' through utilising an iPod of sea soundscapes to create 'sonic seasoning'. We here at WildKat are doing the reverse.

    Throughout the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, WildKat will be enhancing many virtual classical music experiences with a carefully paired item of food or drink. Every week, our team will create a brand new Menu of 14 livestreams, specially paired with 14 recipes. Each week, a member of the WildKat team will also provide a recommendation of a TV show, book, or a piece of art to help stimulate and inspire during this trying time."

    To sample these Tasting Menus, please visit wildkatpr.com/news or WildKat PR on socials.

    Drum & Lace
    Drum & Lace (also known as Sofia Hultquist) is an Italian-born composer, sound artist and performer that writes and creates music for film and media. Among her impressive credits include fashion documentary "The First Monday in May" (dir Andrew Rossi), the AppleTV+ Original Series "Dickinson" (created by Alena Smith) and season 3 of NBC “Good Girls” (created by Jenna Bans & Bill Krebs). Other notable collaborations include leading brands such as NARS, Always, Tanya Taylor, Girls Who Code, Squarespace, as well as theatre production company Saudade Theatre and contemporary dance company Heidi Duckler Dance. Drum & Lace's performance work often includes sound installation and spatial audio elements, at events such as Moogfest and National Sawdust.

    Her latest EP "Further" was originally commissioned as a new work for Heidi Duckler Dance that features field recordings, samples from Yellowstone National Park's online archive, electronics and strings performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem "Further in Summer than the Birds," an ode to nature, the EP depicts the journey of a bird.

    I talked to Drum & Lace last week from her home studio in Los Angeles about the creative inspiration, research and compositional processes behind the release, as well as the broader ideas and issues arising from the EP. Most notably, this includes the importance of protecting, listening to and caring for nature, actions that many people having been reflecting on over these last few months.

    Many thanks to Hannah Goldshlack-Wolf for bringing this fascinating and thought-provoking listen to my attention and arranging this discussion, and to Drum & Lace for taking the time to talk especially for this podcast.

    Listen to "Further" here: https://soundcloud.com/drumandlace/sets/further.
    Learn more about Drum & Lace here: drumandlace.com.

    Podcast released 21st June 2020; interview recorded on 11th June 2020.

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    Talking Classical supports Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

    Talking Classical supports Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

    This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It's a week hosted every year by the Mental Health Foundation that aims to get people across the country talking and thinking about mental health. At a time when people around the world are staying at home, and when many freelance musicians' and creatives' work has been cancelled for the next few months, looking after our mental health and wellbeing has been more important than ever. A recent study from the charity YoungMinds also indicated that more than 80% of young people felt that their mental health conditions had worsened during the coronavirus pandemic - a finding that has made it even more important for young musicians (especially who are studying at or about to leave their universities or music colleges) to protect their wellbeing during these times.

    On the Talking Classical Podcast, I have been doing some things to raise awareness of mental health. Last year, I recorded an interview with Lucy Thraves, Editor of Classical Music Magazine, in which we discussed the magazine's year-long campaign Harmony In Mind, raising awareness of mental health within the classical music sector.

    On future episodes, I would also like to be able to talk about other people’s experiences of mental health within the classical business so if you’re interested to be involved, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

    Learn more about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week.
    Further resources: https://talkingclassicalpodcast.wordpress.com/2020/05/23/talking-classical-supports-mental-health-awareness-week-2020.
    https://harmonyinmind.co.uk.
    https://helpmusicians.org.uk/health-welfare/mental-health.

    If you are affected by any of the issues in this podcast, please consult the following services:

    Mind
    Infoline open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
    0300 123 3393
    info@mind.org.uk
    Text: 86463

    Samaritans
    Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
    Call 116 123 anytime for free.

    Papyrus UK (Suicide Prevention Charity)
    Opening hours: 9am–10pm weekdays, 2pm–10pm weekends, 2pm–10pm bank holidays.
    Hopeline UK: 0800 068 4141
    pat@papyrus-uk.org Text: 07860039967

    CALM
    Open 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year
    Nationwide helpline: 0800 58 58 58
    Webchat: www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat

    Help Musicians and Music Minds Matter, a 24/7 support service
    https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk
    https://www.musicmindsmatter.org.uk
    0808 802 8008
    MMM@helpmusicians.org.uk

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    Ep 28 - Julian Ovenden

    Ep 28 - Julian Ovenden

    Many thanks to Julian for taking the time especially to talk - it was wonderful to discuss music, singing, acting and performance!

    Julian Ovenden has built a reputation over the last twenty years as one of the most versatile performers of his generation, in constant demand across the globe on stage, screen, concert hall and recording studio.

    Julian's artistic training began at an early age as a chorister in the world famous choir of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. He subsequently won music scholarships to both Eton College and then to New College, Oxford University before completing his training on a major Arts Council Bursary at The Webber-Douglas Academy of Performing Arts.

    His acting career began in a production of King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company directed by the visionary Yukio Ninagawa. He was then cast by Michael Grandage to star in two Olivier Award winning hit shows at the Donmar Warehouse: Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and Grand Hotel. He subsequently starred in Adrian Noble's A Woman Of No Importance at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Richard Jones' Annie Get Your Gun opposite Jane Horrocks at The Young Vic as well as originating the role of Armand in Michel Legrand's Marguerite in the West End opposite Ruthie Henshall. He made his Broadway debut opposite Nathan Lane in Simon Gray's Butley and created the title role in Maury Yeston's Death Takes A Holiday for The Roundabout Company. Recent stage work includes a hit run at The Donmar and West End transfer of My Night With Reg, starring in Harvey Weinstein's first foray into stage musicals with Finding Neverland, playing Georges Seurat in the first French production of Sunday in The Park With George, at the Chatelet in Paris, The Treatment for Lyndsey Turner at The Almeida and most recently opposite Gillian Andersen in Ivo Van Hove’s smash hit All About Eve in the West End.

    As well as his stage work, Julian is well known to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for his wide body of work in TV, most notably in the worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey. He played Andrew Foyle in the hugely popular wartime series Foyle's War. He has starred in many other TV shows including Netflix’s The Crown, Steven Spielberg's Smash, Person of Interest, The Forsyte Saga, The Assets, The Royal, Any Human Heart, Poirot, Charmed, Related, Cashmere Mafia, A Christmas Carol and Family Guy. In 2015 he starred as Captain Von Trapp in a live to air movie of The Sound of Music, the first foray into live musicals for British TV. Recently Julian starred for two seasons as William De Nogaret in Knightfall for the History Channel/HBO, and is next to appear opposite Rupert Everett in Channel 4 mini-series Adult Material and Shonda Rimes' new show for Netflix Bridgerton.

    As a vocalist, Julian has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras including The New York Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic, The Royal Concertgebouw, The LPO, The New York Pops, The Gothenburg Symphony, The Australian Symphony and enjoys a special relationship with the John Wilson Orchestra. He has headlined at many of the world’s leading music venues including Carnegie Hall, The Alice Tully Hall, The Appel Hall, Lincoln Centre, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, Sydney Opera House, The Royal Opera House, The Wigmore Hall, The Chatelet, Birmingham Symphony, The Bridgewater Hall, The Concertgebouw, The National Concert Hall in Dublin etc.

    In 2013, Julian recorded a debut album for Decca records entitled If You Stay and has since recorded Rogers and Hammerstein at the Movies with John Wilson for Warner Classics and Christmas at Downton Abbey for Warner Music that went double platinum earlier in 2016. In late 2015, he signed a multiple record deal with East West/Warners and his latest album Be My Love was released in April 2016. Julian is proud to have performed at many Roya

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    Ep 27 - Alternative Classical's Concert Roulette and Chris Warner

    Ep 27 - Alternative Classical's Concert Roulette and Chris Warner

    In this podcast, I'm showcasing Alternative Classical's new concert video jukebox Concert Roulette and Chris Warner's new album Wonders of the Cosmos.

    Concert Roulette is a new video jukebox created by Alternative Classical, specifically for this current crisis. All live concerts have been cancelled so streaming has become the way audiences are accessing music at this time. Viewers are presented with a randomly selected YouTube video from renaissance choral music to an experimental solo piece but you can either watch that particular performance or click onto the next one just like your streaming playlist. As people around the world are staying at home and looking for content to keep them entertained, Concert Roulette is a brilliant way to introduce new audiences to classical music without prior knowledge. For more information, please go to alternativeclassical.co.uk/concert-roulette.

    RSC composer, orchestrator and sound designer Chris Warner's new album Wonders of the Cosmos is released on 15th May. Wonders of the Cosmos takes listeners on an interstellar voyage across 46 billion light years, from the very edges of the universe to our moon, Chris paints atmospheric musical pictures of the 7 'Wonders of the Cosmos' towards Planet Earth.

    The album was recorded in Ely Cathedral and at Abbey Road Studios, combining the amazing tonalities of the cathedral organ with gorgeous strings. It also features British soprano Grace Davidson, set amongst the 6-second reverberation of the cathedral.

    I talked to Chris on Zoom about combining his passion for astronomy with storytelling, framing his album around Ely Cathedral's organ, and advice for composers in today's digital age.

    To learn more about the album and Chris, please go to chriswarnermusic.com.

    Many thanks to Robert Shone at WildKat PR and Chris for their time!

    Interview recorded 29th April 2020; podcast published 13th May 2020.

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