This is a podcast From The Red House – the former home of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. I’m Lucy Walker – join me, colleagues, and other guests for a monthly chat about all things Britten and Pears, but also music, culture, heritage in general – and anything else that might come up.
Talking about Songs with Elise Caluwaerts
Soprano Elise Caluwaerts has a wide and varied career as a singer, and has been involved in several fascinating creative projects during the recent lockdowns. She is also planning a project based around the songs of Alma Mahler in 2022.
Talking about Creative Retreats with Hannah Honeywill
Sculptor Hannah Honeywill has been on a Creative Retreat in collaboration with Britten Pears Arts and The Royal Society of Sculptors. She has been working on a project inspired by the relationship between Britten and Pears, and the fact that they had to keep it hidden for most of their lives.
Talking about Alternative Classical with Hannah Fiddy
Hannah Fiddy is the co-founder (with Hanna Grzeskiewicz) of Alternative Classical - an organisation which aims to attract new audiences to classical music through a brilliantly creative mix of live and virtual projects.
Talking about Music and the Environment with James Thornton
James Thornton is an environmental lawyer and CEO of ClientEarth, an organisation dedicated to global environmental change through legal process, literally advocating for their 'client' the earth. James is also a music-lover, with a great interest in the music of Britten; and a Buddhist: drawn to the interconnectedness of things in the universe, and how such connections can effect great change.
A Special Extended Edition: Talking BEAM with Nadine Benjamin, Darren Abrahams and Claire Shovelton
Following the performances of BEAM: Everybody Can Stand in their Own Light at Snape Maltings, Lucy Walker caught up with some of the team that put this wonderful show together.
A Conversation with Tansy Davies
For the first of two podcasts about premieres in our 'Summer at Snape' season, Lucy Walker talks to composer Tansy Davies about her new work 'Monolith: I Extend My Arms', commissioned by Britten Pears Arts.
Tansy Davies' new piece for string orchestra and percussion, 'Monolith: I Extend My Arms' will be premiered at Snape Maltings on 26 June 2021 (a Britten Pears Arts commission). Tune in for a conversation about this piece, and about other fascinating compositions - including Tansy's operas 'Between Worlds' and 'Cave', and the horn piece 'Yoik'.
Plus, some brilliant additions to our Podcast Playlist, and some further choices from Tansy: Frank Denyer, 'The Fish That Became The Sun' https://anothertimbre.bandcamp.com/album/the-fish-that-became-the-sun; and her own 'The rule is love' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOhPSzg4XyM&list=RDIOhPSzg4XyM&start_radio=1.