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Hattie Butterworth and Rebecca Toal host a podcast of insight and change in the classical music and arts professions. Delving into the often stigmatised worlds of mental health, injury, discrimination and productivity, classical music issues are spoken and revived. Join Hattie, Rebecca and guests for a new podcasts more often than not!
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Things Musicians Don't Talk About Hattie Butterworth & Rebecca Toal

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Hattie Butterworth and Rebecca Toal host a podcast of insight and change in the classical music and arts professions. Delving into the often stigmatised worlds of mental health, injury, discrimination and productivity, classical music issues are spoken and revived. Join Hattie, Rebecca and guests for a new podcasts more often than not!
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    46. Guy Withers

    46. Guy Withers

    This week on TMDTA, Becca and Hattie chat with Guy Withers, Artistic Director, founder and CEO of Waterperry Opera Festival, about this year's upcoming festival which will celebrate it's fifth anniversary with an innovative eight-day open-air collection of eight productions in Waterperry, Oxfordshire. As usual, Becca and Hattie want to know more about what's going on behind the shiny facade of such a successful festival and they chat with Guy about not only the festival's journey to fruition but also his personal experiences and how they have informed his current role. Guy shares with us the some of the trials and errors he's experienced whilst working at the festival and talks about them with such humility and such obvious passion for his work. Thank you Guy for your honesty and openness with us!
    Transcript for this episode
    “To celebrate our fifth anniversary as a festival, we have created an ambitious season of eight productions. With
    returning favourites, and exciting new ventures, our broad programme has something for everyone, with each
    offering as unique and thrilling as the next. We are taking artistic risks to create the exciting operatic experiences
    that will captivate the next generation of audiences as well as our loyal followers.
    Our focus this year as a company is creating new audiences for opera with inventive and accessible work, inspiring
    local young people with free tickets for those under 16, and developing emerging talent with our Young Artist
    Programme. We want to make sure there are no barriers to any young person enjoying or engaging with classical
    music and opera.” - Guy Withers, Artistic Director & CEO
    Waterperry Opera Festival: https://www.waterperryoperafestival.co.uk
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    • 58 min
    45. Cliodhna Ryan

    45. Cliodhna Ryan

    Hattie and Rebecca are joined this week by violinist and podcaster Cliodhna Ryan. Delving into the years Cliodhna spent in the busyness of London, Cliodhna talks about her move back to Ireland and the creative projects that sprung from the move. Violinist in the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Cliodhna speaks about the realities of freelance life, as well as her experiences living with panic disorder and injury.
    Cliodhna has her own podcast, Bittersweet Symphony, in which she speaks with fellow musicians about their lives during the desolation of the pandemic. The podcast asks what musicians experienced in that time, what they have taken from it and how it has impacted their self-worth and sense of identity.
    Thank you to Cliodhna, who is now a firm friend and wonderful support of us!
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    44. Olivia Da Costa

    44. Olivia Da Costa

    Welcome back! A while back, we talked with photographer Olivia Da Costa (after our #gifted photoshoot) about her new career as a photographer specialising in musicians' portraits and what's led her to this point. Olivia shares with us her journey through music school and college, through a complex relationship with the cello and music, and into the pandemic when she founded her photography business. It's not often that we see a musician change career paths and still stay firmly rooted in the same circle of colleagues, so Olivia's story is particularly interesting! Thank you Olivia for your frankness and vulnerability with us, and also for hosting us in your Pinterest-esque flat and providing us with cups of tea to our hearts' content.

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    • 42 min
    43. Declan Costello

    43. Declan Costello

    Today we are joined by consultant laryngologist, voice disorders specialist and singer Declan Costello! We speak about common vocal injury among singers, the technicalities of his practice, what happens in vocal surgery and whether some injuries are irreversible. Check out Declan here
    Declan's Biography
    Mr Costello studied music at St John's College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar under Christopher Robinson. He went on to study medicine at Imperial College and undertook his ENT specialist training in the Oxford region.
    He was appointed as a consultant ENT surgeon (specialising in voice disorders) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in August 2010. In December 2018 his NHS practice moved to Wexham Park Hospital in Berkshire.
    Mr Costello runs weekly private clinics in London and Maidenhead and weekly NHS clinics in Wexham Park (Slough) and Heatherwood (Ascot).
    Amongst his non-clinical duties, he is the editor of ENT & Audiology News magazine. He continues to sing regularly with a number of different groups.
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    • 39 min
    42. Rosie Bennet - Part 2

    42. Rosie Bennet - Part 2

    Trigger warning: eating disorders and mental illness
    Part 2: We return to Rosie's story to hear about both the rock bottom and how she moved onwards and upwards past it. We would recommend listening to part 1 if you haven't already (released only a couple of days ago!) as this'll make a lot more sense with the rest of Rosie's story. We feel so incredibly honoured and grateful to Rosie for her time and vulnerability with us, and are so excited to see where Rosie goes in life with her brilliant self-awareness, musicality and strength.
    Transcript for this episode
    Rosie's Instagram: @rosiebennetguitar
    Fret Not Pod: @fretnotpod
    tonebase blog: https://www.tonebase.co/guitar/blog
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    • 39 min
    41. Rosie Bennet - Part 1

    41. Rosie Bennet - Part 1

    Trigger warning: eating disorders and mental illness
    Part 1: We are extremely grateful to guitarist Rosie Bennet for letting us into the nooks and crannies of her life story. We talk about Rosie's musical training and her travels all over the world, and the subsequent dark periods in her life that culminated in a breakdown during her years at music college. The way in which Rosie speaks about her life and her music is so poetic and an absolute joy to listen to, despite the depth and heaviness of her journey.
    Transcript of this episode
    Part 2 will be released this Friday, in which we talk about Rosie's ascent back up from rock bottom.
    Rosie's Instagram: @rosiebennetguitar
    Fret Not Pod: @fretnotpod
    tonebase blog: https://www.tonebase.co/guitar/blog
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    Our website
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    • 40 min

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Andy Reiner ,

Things Musicians SHOULD Talk About!

I loved hearing Hattie's perspective - her honesty about mental health for musicians and willingness to be vulnerable is refreshing and rings true. While her guests have great things to say, I especially enjoyed the reflective episode 7 sandwiched between interviews. The audio quality is excellent which adds to the experience.

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