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Down with the Patri-Bachy

Down with the Patri-Bachy

By Elizabeth Ajao and Ben Richards
We’re Ellie and Ben, and together we’re on a voyage of discovery to learn about those Western Classical musicians we don’t know so well. At the end of each episode we’ll be swiping left or right on some better and lesser known musicians and deciding whether we think they should be in our brand-spanking new canon! So come and join us as we sift through a whole host of incredible musicians and hopefully show that Classical Music is a lot more than just Caucasian men from the 18th Century.
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Episode 5: Teresa Carreño
What would make this podcast even more chaotic? Releasing an episode with a brand new format almost a full week late, that’s what. This week, Ben’s surprising Ellie with his choice, the marvellous pianist, soprano, conductor and composer, Teresa Carreño! Credits to Clara Rodriguez for the magnificent recording of ‘Vals Gayo’ we’re chatting about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg5YKrZT80U
36:03
February 27, 2022
Episode 4: ‘Iconic People of Colour’ by Elizabeth Ajao
This week is a special ep because Ben is interviewing Ellie all about her brand new book, ‘Iconic People of Colour’! She discusses how this whole crazy thing came about, the publishing process and even reads a little snippet about Lin Manuel Miranda. You can purchase the book by going straight to https://summersdale.com/sd-book/iconic-people-of-colour/ or by searching for it on Amazon, Waterstones, W H Smith or Blackwell’s!
43:05
February 16, 2022
Episode 3: Waldemar Henrique
It's Monday and that means it's time for us to chat all about a new composer from an under-represented background, and this time we're handing over the spotlight to Portuguese-Indigenous composer, Waldemar Henrique.  We're particularly excited about this episode because the fantastic people over at Brana Records have given us permission to include some of Henrique's songs, so we hope you enjoy getting to actually listen to this marvellous music! To purchase any of Henrique's music, please do head over to https://www.branarecords.com where you're in for a musical feast of all sorts, so show them some love so we can share this wonderful music with you!
42:38
February 07, 2022
Episode 2: Jessye Norman
This week we’re throwing it all the way back to May 2021 with this unpublished episode all about soprano extraordinaire, Jessye Norman! We chat about Jessye’s life and works and what made her so phenomenal. If you’re listening on Spotify, hang on after the outro to hear the recording of ‘When the Saints’ with Jessye and Mike Lovatt, and if you’re listening elsewhere, use the link below to find it on another platform. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5kw9ixlOuw
26:19
February 04, 2022
Episode 2: Jessye Norman (ft. When the Saints - Spotify only)
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
This week we’re throwing it all the way back to May 2021 with this unpublished episode all about soprano extraordinaire, Jessye Norman! We chat about Jessye’s life and works and what made her so phenomenal. If you’re listening on Spotify, hang on after the outro to hear the recording of ‘When the Saints’ with Jessye and Mike Lovatt, and if you’re listening elsewhere, use the link below to find it on another platform. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5kw9ixlOuw
26:49
February 04, 2022
Episode 1: A Natter with Nathan James Dearden (ft. his music!)
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Patri-Bachy Podcast is back and to kick things off we were joined by the absolutely astounding Welsh composer, Nathan James Dearden. We chat music education, the importance of collaboration and most importantly, identity and how it impacts us as musicians.  Tune into BBC Radio 3's choral evensong on Wednesday 26th January, 2022, to hear Ben and I singing in the world premiere of Nathan's brand new canticles, and to hear the radio premiere of his fantastic setting of 'Let All the World'! It's one not to be missed...
01:04:17
January 24, 2022
Episode 1: A Natter with Nathan James Dearden
Patri-Bachy Podcast is back and to kick things off we were joined by the absolutely astounding Welsh composer, Nathan James Dearden. We chat music education, the importance of collaboration and most importantly, identity and how it impacts us as musicians.  Tune into BBC Radio 3's choral evensong on Wednesday 26th January, 2022, to hear Ben and I singing in the world premiere of Nathan's brand new canticles, and to hear the radio premiere of his fantastic setting of 'Let All the World'! It's one not to be missed...
01:00:17
January 24, 2022
WE’RE BACK
Ellie and Ben are back with a big BANG! Tune in to hear what they’ve both been up to and what’s coming this season…
15:18
January 24, 2022
Episode 12: Привет Ben Rutt-Howard!
In this week’s special episode, Ben and Ellie are joined by another Ben, but Bristol MA student and specialist in Soviet music. Here to talk to us all about Russian composer, Sofia Gubaidulina, we learn all about life as a female Soviet musician and how she was influenced by Dmitri Shostakovich. Don’t forget to give us a follow over on @patribachypod, and if you send us voicenote we’ll play it on the pod... Also please like, rate (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟) and subscribe! Lots of love, as ever 🎶🤍
57:01
April 14, 2021
Episode 11: Joseph Boulogne
In this week’s episode, Ellie and Ben chat all about Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint George, polymath, fender, dancer, musician and absolutely NOT ‘The Black Mozart’. Don’t forget to follow us on or Instagram over at @patribachypod, send us questions, voicenotes and then download, rate (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟) and follow us wherever you get your podcasts! 🎧🤍
31:35
April 07, 2021
Episode 10: Catching up with Matthew Swann
🚨 SPECIAL EPISODE ALERT 🚨After a little break from the pod for some much needed focus on uni deadlines, Ellie and Ben are back with a bang for their TENTH EPISODE! In today’s very special ep, we are joined by Chief Executive of the City of London Sinfonia, the magnificent Matthew Swann. We chat about programming, the canon and why we’re all so stubborn... Make sure you follow us over on our Instagram, @patribachypod, and please get in touch with any questions, we might even read them out next episode! Don’t forget to give us a rating over on Apple Podcasts, then like, rate and subscribe — or is this that for vlogs? Happy listening 🎧🤍
49:22
March 30, 2021
Episode 9: Bright Sheng
This episode is one of several firsts: first recorded with Ellie and Ben in the same county, first East Asian composer and first living composer! In today’s episode, Ben tells us all about “100% American, 100% Chinese” composer, Bright Sheng. Despite having his piano taken away from him as a child during China’s Cultural Revolution, Sheng’s love of music permeated political barriers and he managed to become composing royalty in the U.S.! Don’t forget to follow @patribachypod on Instagram, and send us any questions or messages by sliding into the DMs there OR by sending us a voice note on Anchor.fm. Please also head to Apple Podcasts and give us a lovely five star rating, Ellie and Ben will love you forever... Happy listening! 🎧🤍
30:45
March 15, 2021
Episode 8: Ruth Gipps
This week, Ellie and Ben have a chat all about banging British composer, Ruth Gipps. They talk 20th Century currency, Vaughan Williams and Lili Boulanger’s compositional love child and of course, sea gulls — what’s not to love? Head over to @patribachypod on Instagram to see what we recommend, and you can find out what we’re getting up to, and don’t forget to save, rate and subscribe! Happy listening, folks 🎧🤍
33:16
March 08, 2021
Episode 7: Moryfdd Llwyn Owen
Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus or, Happy St David’s Day! 💐 To celebrate, our wonderful resident Welsh-man runs us through the life and works of female composer, Morfydd Llwyn Owen. In her too-short life, she composed a whopping 180 pieces, and although they’re not all recorded, those that are are CERTAINLY worth a listen! Remember to let us know what you think by sliding into the Instagram DMs over at @patribachypod, or even send us a voice note on Anchor.fm 💬
28:13
March 01, 2021
Episode 6: Frannie Millar on Madeleine Dring
🚨 SPECIAL EPISODE ALERT 🚨 Today, Ellie and Ben have the privilege of speaking to Frannie Millar, Oxford MMus graduate and expert on spectacular British composer, Madeleine Dring. In this slightly glitchy episode, we chat all about Maddy D’s life and works, what makes her so different from other composers, and being a groupie for the LSO!🤘Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@patribachypod) and subscribe to our podcast — and please give us a rating on Apple Podcasts so that our weekly natter can spread far and wide! Let us know what you think or ask us a question by sliding into our DMs or sending us a voicenote on Anchor.fm — happy listening! 🎶🤍
30:55
February 22, 2021
Episode 5: Lili et Nadia Boulanger
This week Ellie and Ben are bringing you a special episode featuring two whole musicians! Born and raised in twentieth century Paris, Lili and Nadia Boulanger are a pair of powerhouse sisters like no other: taught by Faure and influencers of an entire generation of musicians, these two changed the face of Classical music. Listen to find out more about this iconic duo, and then go and listen to our recommended pieces which you’ll be able to find over on Instagram, @patribachypod! Don’t forget to send us your questions, messages and suggestions for future episodes — we’d love to hear from you 🎶🤍
33:29
February 15, 2021
Episode 4: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Today, Ben’s done his reading and is ready to tell you all about our first male musician: the brilliant Black British composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. We ask questions about metaphorical gatekeeping, how many sheep you could buy in 1910, and of course, whether or not we’ll be swiping left or right on this fantastic musician. Have a listen to find out, and let us know what you think on Anchor.fm or Instagram over at @patribachypod — and while you’re there, why not give us a follow, like or share? Happy listening!🎶🤍
29:02
February 08, 2021
Episode 3: A natter with Dr. Dan Elphick
Today, special guest musicologist Dr. Dan Elphick joins us for a chat about the canon — not the medieval kind, the musical kind. He tells us all about how the canon got formed, why it’s so tricky to change and what we can do to make it less problematic. Once you’ve tuned in, don’t forget to send us a message or a question on Anchor.fm, and remember to follow us at @patribachypod on Instagram where you can also dm us any comments or questions. Oh, and have we begged you to subscribe/follow/rate us yet? Happy listening and we’ll see you next week!
37:00
February 01, 2021
Episode 2: Germaine Tailleferre
Today, Ben uses his extensive knowledge of 20th Century French music — did you know he did his dissertation on Francis Poulenc? — to chat about fantastic female composer, Germaine Tailleferre. Is she another Stravinsky? A carbon copy of Ravel? Or... OR... is she a brilliant composer in her own right who deserves the same respect awarded to Stravinsky and Ravel? Listen to find out! And don’t forget to send us a message or comment on Anchor.fm, and follow us on Instagram over at @patribachy pod to keep up to date with what’s happening!
25:13
January 25, 2021
Episode 1: Florence Price
In the FIRST EVER (proper) episode of the pod, Ellie and Ben explore the life and a few of the works of 20th Century African-American composer, Florence Price. Sadly, some snippets of music we were hoping to include didn’t quite make it — not only do we not understand dating apps, but we don’t really get technology either. Remember to LIKE, RATE and SUBSCRIBE, or just do whatever the podcast equivalent is! Please get in touch via our podcast page over on Anchor.fm to ask us questions, or just to let us know what you think, and we’ll see you next week 🎶
25:32
January 17, 2021
TRAILER
Welcome to our brand new podcast! Here’s what you can expect from Ellie and Ben as they explore some of those musicians who we don’t know so well.
01:35
January 01, 2021