Jon Jacob talks to artists, writers, and audience members about classical music and the concert-going experience. Now in its tenth year.
147: Ivors Composer Awards 2021
Jon Jacob speaks to a selection of Ivors Composer Award Winners from 2021 backstage at the ceremony in the British Museum.
146: Clarinettist Barnaby Robson
Clarinettist Barnaby Robson discusses his latest release on Orchid Classics.
145: Royal Overseas League Gold Medal 2021 Preview
Hear participants Ryan Corbett, Milly Forrest, Mathias Balzart, David Zucchi and members of the Echea String Quartet, plus artistic director Geoff Parkin discuss the importance of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition.
The Gold Medal 2021 will be staged at the Royal Overseas League in London on Wednesday 24 November. Watch live on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpkkTQnwNHGi7Jj_SK6x20g.
144: Director Daisy Evans and conductor Stephen Higgins
Theatre of Sound director Daisy Evans and conductor Stephen Higgins are currently mid-way through a run of a new of Bartók’s only opera Bluebeard's Castle. Their work reimagines the piece as a love story between a long-married couple – Duke Bluebeard and Judith – both coming to terms with living with dementia. The production is staged at Stone Nest – a stunning former Welsh chapel in the heart of London’s West End – and runs until 14 November with singers soprano Susan Bullock, bass-baritone Gerald Finley, baritone Michael Mayes and soprano Gweneth Ann Rand sharing the principal roles of Duke Bluebeard and Judith. Tickets via the Theatre of Sound website.
143: Composer Electra Perivolaris
Composer Electra Perivolaris talks about her collaboration with a Devonshire couple living with dementia, capturing their musical memories and reworking them in a brand new chamber opera, performed on Saturday 6 and 13 November 2021. Tickets via the Theatre of Sound website : https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theatreofsound/576577
142: English Concert Artistic Director Harry Bicket
English Concert artistic director Harry Bicket talks about Handel's Samson, the opera Alcina. Bicket also explains the three things others find annoying about him. Lateness is one of them. What are the other three?
This is the most brilliant classical music podcast. Really thought provoking conversation and a great interviewer with such an engaging style and extensive knowledge of the subject. Always leaves me inspired and wanting to go and listen to more classical music. Highly recommended!
Longtime podcaster continues to show how it's done
This podcast has been around for well over a decade, maybe even a decade and a half, and the standard has always been high. The presenter doesn't concern himself with cramming in as many ads as possible. It's all very much about the work. The early shows, of which there are many, are delightful, less focused on classical music and the Eurovision, but it's clear the presenter is passionate about these two things and something of an authority. Even if neither musical genres are your cup of tea, the presenter's enthusiasm and knowledge keep you listening. Brilliant voice too.
Great music podcast
Nice relaxed and well informed interviewer, top guests and informative podcast, good production values