Timmy Fisher and Sam Poppleton present classical music news, reviews, anecdotes and analyses. Is this the best classical music podcast produced in a Brixton bedroom? We think so.
The (John) Adams Family
A short time ago in a South London bedroom not so far away … CLASSICAL POD. Sam finds new ways of listening, via the early work of John (Coolidge) Adams. He analyses the US composer’s 1973 work for chamber ensemble and tape Christian Zeal and Activity. Meanwhile, Tim quizzes Sam on City of Culture 2025 Bradford, not before a quick pit stop at Iceland’s world-famous Phallological Museum.
Nate Holder on Decolonising the Music Curriculum
Sam chats to Professor and International Chair of Music Education at the Royal Northern College of Music Nate Holder about decolonising the music curriculum – what it means, and what it practically involves – as well as questioning what the goals of music education should be.
We Won't Give Up the Fight: Ukraine and Its Music
Sam and Tim emerge from their winter hibernation for a special episode celebrating the musical culture of Ukraine. Six Ukrainian composers and performers share their favourite Ukrainian-composed music, while Sam takes a sideways look at Valentin Silvestrov’s delicate piece for synthesiser, piano and strings The Messenger.
Big thanks to Antonii Baryshevsky, Anna Fedorova, Pavel Gintov, Victoria Loukianetz, Ivan Nebesnyy and Ludmilla Yurina.
The Jesus Christ Superspecial
This Christmas, to celebrate 50 years since Jesus Christ Superstar first opened on Broadway, we’ve dedicated an entire episode to unwrapping its magic. What is it about the rock opera that makes it, as one Times critic wrote, ‘the one masterpiece of Lloyd Webber’s career’? Why, after five decades, does it still give pause for theological thought? And how can one piece of music connect such disparate-seeming artists as Dmitri Shostakovich, Googoosh, Lin Mannuel Maranda, and Kanye West? Featuring interviews with Sirs Tim Rice and Karl Jenkins, Alain Boublil, Peaches and Nico Muhly, this is … The Jesus Christ Superspecial.
Manchester Collective Get Reflective
NuqneH! In this week’s episode Sam has a good old podcast chat with the founding members of Manchester Collective, Rakhi Singh and Adam Szabo. They discuss unusual programming and widely sourced inspirations – as well as the range of skills a modern musician needs. Qapla'!
There Was a Young Man Called Ivor …
Against all the odds, the boys were invited backstage to the Ivors Composer Awards. Tune in to hear them try almost too hard to brand themselves the Ant and Dec of the classical music world. Also – the late, great Victoria Wood in this week’s analysis of Franz Schmidt’s Fourth Symphony, not before some flagrant Handelian recycling.
Insightful and very entertaining - gives you a new perspective on all the music they cover
Brilliant (Duo Tandem)
What an exceptional beautiful album for classical guitar listeners. Need more stars to rate this unique album .
Such an insightful and novel take on really relevant and interesting topics. You boys know your stuff! I would recommend this to everyone who is interested in classical music ! Great