Jon Jacob talks to artists, writers, and audience members about classical music and the concert-going experience. Now in its tenth year.
159: The Endz with Flame, Prince and the Multi-Story Orchestra
The Endz is a production mounted by school children in South London, supported by the Multi Story Orchestra, a radical performance group well-known in the industry for mounting live performances in a former multi story car park (now known as Bold Tendencies) in Peckham.
Since its Proms appearances in 2016 and 2017, the team behind the orchestra led by Kate Whitely has sought out new ways to enhance cultural experiences for the community its made its home in.
But Multi Story’s vision and method feel slightly different from convention when you hear from two of their teenage collaborators Flame and Prince talk about The Endz – a musical setting of a play a group of teenagers created themselves in response to violent crime in their neighbourhood.
The word is collaboration rather than education and outreach. Co-creation too might be a good word. And the other thing that’s important to stress is how Multi Story are helping young creative talent make the music they want to make rather than what the orchestra thinks they ought to be making.
158: Composer and vocalist Laura Bowler about her new opera 'The Blue Woman'
RPS award-winning composer and vocalist Laura Bowler talks about her newest opera 'The Blue Woman', and her climate-change inspired collaboration with Cordelia Lynn, 'Houses Slide'.
Laura's new work Distance is premiered by Juliet Fraser and the Talea Ensemble at Cheltenham Festival on 10 July.
This interview was recorded on Monday 27 June 2022.
157: Celebrating 50 years of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme
This year Aldeburgh Festival celebrates 50 years of the artist development programme - a music-making experience rooted in the Suffolk countryside that has supported many of the world's leading musicians. In this episode, previous participants reflect on their experience attending the Britten-Pears Orchestra and courses at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies now known as the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
Contributors in order of appearance:
Amy Helen Forsdike
156: Yaniewicz & Green Square Piano
Josie Dixon the great great great great grandaughter of Polish Lithuanian violinist and composer Felix Yaniewicz explains how a chance discovery unearthed a series of discoveries about the man in her family she knew only from a portrait. https://www.yaniewicz.org/piano.html
155: Mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston introduces her new album Battle Cry
Helen Charlston and Toby Carr release 'Battle Cry' in May 2022 - available from 27th on Delphian records featuring songs by Barbara Strozzi, Henry Purcell, John Eccles, Claudio Monteverdi & Owain Park. To coincide with the release, both performers appear at the London Festival of Baroque at St John's Smith Square and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. TICKETS: https://www.lfbm.org.uk/whats-on/helen-charlston-and-toby-carr
154: Composer Tom Coult introduces the new opera 'Violet'
Written in 2019 and originally premiering at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2020, Tom Coult and Alice Birch's 'Violet' tells the 24-day story of a village discovering the gradual loss of time. Recorded at rehearsals in the Jerwood Space in London in May 2022. 'Violet' opens the 2022 Aldeburgh Festival on 3 June. 🎫 https://brittenpearsarts.org/events/violet
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