Backstage with Robert Emery

#11. Behind the scenes with Cassidy Janson: How I persuaded Carole King to give me an unreleased song for my album

An episode of Backstage with Robert Emery

By Robert Emery
Robert Emery is a conductor, pianist, composer and record producer. The Times called him 'the eccentric barefooted maestro' and the Mail quoted that 'the assured baton was controlled by the rather energetic and brilliant conductor'. In this show, he digs deep into the psyche of world-class performers, finding out how they went from zero to hero by delving into their path to stardom.
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#11. Behind the scenes with Cassidy Janson: How I persuaded Carole King to give me an unreleased song for my album
"There's never one big break, that's such a myth - there's degrees of getting recognised" Robert Emery talks to Cassidy Janson, actress and now singer/songwriter best known for playing the lead in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and joining Beverley Knight and Amber Riley to form the trio; The Leading Ladies.  Cassidy talks about the challenges of being a musical theatre actress, the struggle to record her debut album, and what it's like to be a standby Elphaba in London's West End.  And of course, she answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; Kate Monster or Lucy the Slut? Since her first break playing opposite Neil Patrick Harris, she has gone on to forge an incredible career in theatre and has had rave reviews for her new album, Cassidy.  This is a fascinating conversation with a true professional who has some excellent advice on being productive in an unproductive world. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep11
52:48
July 19, 2019
#12. Behind the scenes with Il Divo's David Miller: Classical music has an impact on the brain
"Seeding young minds with classical music is a bit of an emotional crusade" - David Miller Robert Emery talks to David Miller, American Tenor who is a member of the successful classical crossover group Il Divo, who has sold over 28 million copies worldwide.  David talks about the challenges of being on tour, recording albums and how he believes that living 'in the now' is the biggest factor of his success and happiness.  And of course, he answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; The White House or Buckingham Palace? Since his Broadway role as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s version of Puccini’s La Boheme, David's career has skyrocketed like most musicians could only dream of.  This chat is an excellent, in depth conversation which covers much more than the music industry. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep12
56:28
July 18, 2019
#10. Behind the scenes with Peter Polycarpou: Madonna wanted to do a bit off-camera with me
Robert Emery talks to Peter Polycarpou, British stage, TV and film actor best known playing Chris Theodopolopodous in the hit TV series 'Birds Of A Feather'.  Peter talks about his approach to work, tells some incredible stories on what happens behind the scenes in the world of theatre, and answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; Les Mis or Miss Saigon? Since becoming a household name in TV, Peter has gone on to forge an incredible career in theatre and film.  This conversation takes us through what it was like to work with Madonna (Pop Star, not the picture of the Virgin Mary!), being in the first cast of both Les Mis and Miss Saigon and what happened in Phantom when Andrew Lloyd-Webber didn't like his approach to the role. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep10
1:02:41
June 19, 2019
#9. Classical music is dead - long live the dead.
"For me, music is about moving other people.  I don't just want to move myself; I want to pass on my emotion and my feelings to an audience." - Robert Emery In this special episode of the 'Backstage with Robert Emery' podcast, RDCE discusses if the genre of classical music is alive and kicking, or if it's as dead as the press would like you to believe.   What actually is classical music?  Has classical music ever been popular?  What can we do to change the image of the stuffy concert hall?  This episode is designed to be short and answer these long asked questions as best as any musician can. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/Ep9
40:04
June 5, 2019
#8. Behind the scenes with Jumoké Fashola: The Condition of Being A Woman
Robert Emery talks to Jumoké Fashola, the broadcaster, journalist, vocalist and live literature curator. Jumoké talks about how she began in TV and radio, her love of music from Gershwin to Gospel and Handel to Hamilton, and how poetry has been a constant in her life. A truly remarkable woman who has successfully created a career as a Jazz and Classical musician, a radio presenter, a stage and television actress, and the founder of London’s longest running Jazz/Poetry gig - currently celebrating it’s 10th year.  As a sideline, she also has the best tips and tricks to remain ultra-productive I have ever seen.  This conversation takes us through some of her hidden stories; what she likes to do away from the microphone, and her predictions of the status of the entertainment industry in twenty years. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/tips_and_tricks
1:13:32
May 22, 2019
#7. Why is learning a musical instrument so hard - and how to solve it.
"The emerging picture is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert—in anything" - neurologist Daniel Levitin In this special episode of the 'Backstage with Robert Emery' podcast, RDCE discusses the reason learning a musical instrument is so hard, and how to overcome these issues.   Covering the skillsets needed to play an instrument, techniques to keep playing, the differences between adult and child learning and the importance of setting goals.  This episode is designed to be short and informative for parents of children who play, or indeed an adult who is learning.
20:38
May 7, 2019
#6. Behind the scenes with Willemijn Verkaik: It’s about believing in yourself
Robert Emery talks to Willemijn Verkaik, the singer and actress best known for her stage role in Wicked and singing the voice of Elsa for the German and Dutch versions of Disney's Frozen. Willemijn talks about how she keeps on top form, her experience of playing Elphaba on Broadway, the West-End, in Germany and in the Netherlands, and how her stage confidence doesn't always translate to real life. A true leading-lady, Willemijn is the only person in the world to have performed Wicked in 4 countries over the space of 7 years and over 2000 performances. But there is more to her CV than turning green, and this conversation takes us through some of her hidden stories; what she likes to do away from the stage, and her predictions of the status of musical theatre in twenty years.
1:02:38
April 24, 2019
#5. Behind the scenes - What does a Musical Director actually do?
"During a preview, I had the assistant director run up to me whilst I was conducting and said "you do know we cancelled the next piece for tonight?" And I thought, you've got to be joking..." - Robert Emery In this special episode of the ‘Backstage with Robert Emery’ podcast, RDCE takes you through what a Musical Director actually does; and it involves a lot more than arm waving...   Discussing everything from conducting technique through to some scary real life stories in theatre; he covers it all with the odd funny story along the way.
40:24
April 10, 2019
#4. Behind the scenes with Sarah Miles: I've got quite a few odd stories - Part I
"The only person that knew (about her affair with with Laurence Olivier) was my Mother, as she caught us together." - Sarah Miles Robert Emery talks to Sarah Miles, the English theatre and film actress who was nominated for four BAFTA's, two Golden Globes and an Oscar. Sarah talks about her biological connection with the British Royal family, finishing RADA and going straight into the West-End where Sir John Gielgud famously said "Did you know you have a bottom just like a boy? Two poached eggs in a handkerchief."  Sarah was catapulted into the limelight at a young age, starring opposite some of the greats including Dirk Bogarde, Vanessa Redgrave, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Margaret Rutherford & Robert Mitchum; she had two marriages to the same person - the screen writer Robert Bolt (winner of two Oscars, two BAFTA's, three Golden Globes and a Tony award) and an epiphany three years after filming Ryan's Daughter that changed her life forever. This sometimes intense conversation takes us up to 1973, just before she filmed 'The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing' opposite Burt Reynolds, where her life took a turn for the worse and tragedy struck.  For reasons we don't need to go into, this part of Sarah's life story will feature in part two, released later in the year when I gain permission. Backstage with Robert Emery: Episode 4 - Sarah Miles
1:08:06
March 27, 2019
#3. Behind the scenes: The secrets of making an album - Part II
In part II, this special episode of the ‘Backstage with Robert Emery’ podcast tries to discover and delve into the secrets to making a number one album. To turn things on their head a little, he has swapped seats and is being interviewed by the soprano, Joanna Forest.   Working closely with RDCE for a few years, Joanna works hard to find out exactly how he produced her two albums and made the first one go straight to number one.  Discussing everything from money and mixing through to orchestrating and editing; they cover it all with the odd funny story along the way. This is a continuation podcast, so if you haven’t listened to part I, please listen to that episode first.
51:37
March 13, 2019
#2. Behind the scenes: The secrets of making an album - Part I
"This is where the journey starts in producing an album; concepts don't happen by accident." - Robert Emery In this special episode of the ‘Backstage with Robert Emery’ podcast, RDCE discovers the secrets of making a number one album. To turn things on their head a little, he has swapped seats and is being interviewed by the soprano, Joanna Forest.   Working closely with RDCE for a few years, Joanna works hard to find out exactly how he produced her two albums and made the first one go straight to number one.  Discussing everything from money and mixing through to orchestrating and editing; they cover it all with the odd funny story along the way.
1:10:24
March 1, 2019
#1. Behind the scenes with Stewart Copeland: Why dumb shit makes me happy
"If the only reason humans pro-create is Vivaldi, we would all be fucked…" - Stewart Copeland  Robert Emery talks to Stewart Copeland, the founder and drummer of the British rock band 'The Police'.  Stewart talks about why he attributes studying 'Mass Communication & Public Policy' to becoming one of the worlds most famous drummers, why one of his balls is called Ben Hur, and how he grew up not knowing his Father was a spy. Stewart is an American musician and composer.  Apart from his most famous role as a rockstar, over the years he has produced film and video game soundtracks, written music for ballets, operas and orchestras, and in 2003 was inducted into the 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame'.   This whistle-stop tour of his life takes us through his nine years in The Police with Sting and Andy Summers, his solo projects as a composer, and his predictions of the status of orchestral and rock music in twenty years.
59:22
February 6, 2019
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