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This podcast aims to explore life from a musician's point of view: the peaks, troughs and the downright unexpected. Hosted by London-based cellist Davina Shum

As It Comes Podcast: Life from a Musician's Point of View Davina Shum

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This podcast aims to explore life from a musician's point of view: the peaks, troughs and the downright unexpected. Hosted by London-based cellist Davina Shum

    Episode 22: Fiona Gibbs "Be as creative as possible"

    Episode 22: Fiona Gibbs "Be as creative as possible"

    It’s Mental Health Awareness week, so this episode begins with a few thoughts about mental health. My guest for episode 22 is Fiona Gibbs, a violinist, researcher, lecturer and founder of Orchestra Vitae.  This is the last of my chats recorded face-to-face back in March and we talked about setting up your own ensemble so that you get to play Brahms, how the death of a loved one can affect the way you go to concerts leading Fiona to come up with her initiative “Concert Chums”.  We also talk about our favourite bits of repertoire, as well as choosing what news to engage with, being cynical and what we can learn from Barry Manilow. Don’t miss this week’s Music College Didn’t Prepare Me segment illustrating a musician working from home in a new job due to Coronavirus. Mentioned in this episode:Facebook: @OrchestraVitae     Instagram: @orchestravitaeTwitter: @OrchestraVitae  Website: http://www.orchestravitae.co.uk/Fiona’s website: https://www.musicpeopleplaces.com/

    • 46 min
    Episode 21: Jessica Cottis "Always music first"

    Episode 21: Jessica Cottis "Always music first"

    Don’t feel bad for being unproductive! Australian/British conductor and lepidopterist Jessica Cottis is my guest for episode 21.  Listen to what a conductor does during lockdown, her personal story regarding physical injury, and what effective technique she DIDN’T learn in conducting school. Hear our discussion about the “buzz” of live performance, and the parallels between butterflies and music-making – you heard it here first! Don’t miss this episode’s Music College Didn’t Prepare Me segment featuring food extraction from instruments. Got something to share? Email me: asitcomespodcast@gmail.com.  Like and follow the pod on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod Photo credit: Kaupo Kikkas

    • 49 min
    Episode 20: Jessie Grimes "There's no ceiling in what you can do"

    Episode 20: Jessie Grimes "There's no ceiling in what you can do"

    Who would’ve thought that one could do some productive practice during lockdown?Jessie Grimes is my guest for episode 20- she’s a musician who plays the clarinet, works with vulnerable and special needs people and is a presenter.  Listen to her chat about how life doesn’t always go the way you planned, making tough career choices, how she maintains her mental health throughout challenging projects, and what she thinks is “the most lesbian thing in the world”.Music college didn’t prepare a whole lot of musicians for working in supermarkets during this difficult time – listen out for some topical anecdotes. Got something to share? Email me: asitcomespodcast@gmail.comHuge thanks to James Bryant for helping me with the sound this episode. Like and follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod for bonus content including cats, outdoor podcasting and poetry. Follow Jessie (even though she doesn’t really use social media)Twitter: @Jessie_GrimesInstagram @jessiegrimes_clarinet

    • 54 min
    Episode 19: Robert and Verity Simmons (Estilo String Quartet) "Sh*t Christmas on the forest floor"

    Episode 19: Robert and Verity Simmons (Estilo String Quartet) "Sh*t Christmas on the forest floor"

    Violinist and cellist Rob and Verity Simmons from Estilo String Quartet are my guests this episode for my first ever remote (boozy) podcast recording. Listen to us chat about being festive despite lockdown, performing live by the seat of your pants via social media, imparting a bit of knowledge to one’s offspring from time to time (i.e. homeschooling), and WINE – things we’ve learnt from the “forest floor” from a qualified drinker.  Find out also what they can’t live without and miss during these restricted times.This episode was brought to you after possibly the strangest birthday celebration of my life (albeit still rather pleasant). Don’t miss this episode’s Music College Didn’t Prepare Me segment, involving sight-reading, comedians, and karaoke (sounds like the title for a web series). Like what you hear? Rate and review on Apple Podcasts, like and follow the podcast on facebook.com/asitcomespod or Instagram @asitcomespod. Follow the Estilo String Quartet:Facebook.com/estilostring4Instagram: @estilostring4

    • 46 min
    Episode 18: Rocío Bolaños "Open your mind, maybe?"

    Episode 18: Rocío Bolaños "Open your mind, maybe?"

    Episode 18 is brought to you from lockdown restrictions – you know the drill.  My guest is Rocío Bolaños – a clarinettist, experimental and improvising musician who works with Distractfold Ensemble.  We chatted a couple weeks ago (it feels like a lifetime ago) about teaching instruments you don’t play, being in the moment while making music, what to say to haters of new music, as well as that time she had to perform as a lung and what she would play if she hadn’t chosen the clarinet.Music college certainly didn’t prepare any of us for lockdown, so thanks to those who’ve shared with me what they’ve been up to recently, which seems to include a whole lot of online teaching.What have you been doing in lockdown?  Let me know: asitcomespodcast@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook or Instagram @asitcomespod – at least for the cat and silly video content.Distractfold Ensemble: http://www.distractfold.co.uk/Photo credit: Dimitri Djuric.

    • 52 min
    Episode 17: Amalia Hall "Music improves life quality"

    Episode 17: Amalia Hall "Music improves life quality"

    My 17th episode features a chat with an old uni friend: Kiwi violinist and avid consumer of icecream Amalia Hall, whom I caught up with while she was in London  Listen to us chat about collaborating with living composers, staying positive and well during travelling, her roles as a soloist, concertmaster of Orchestra Wellington and violinist of NZTrio, and adjusting to your teachers becoming your colleagues. This episode features a very topical "music college didn't prepare me segment" about health and hygiene. Want to feature in this segment?  Let me know: asitcomespodcast@gmail.com Follow and like the podcast and Assistant Purr-ducer Romeo's latest antics on Facebook and Instagram: @asitcomespod Rate and review on Apple Podcasts! Follow Amalia on social media @amaliaviolin     

    • 39 min

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