159: The Endz with Flame, Prince and the Multi-Story Orchestra
The Endz is a production mounted by school children in South London, supported by the Multi Story Orchestra, a radical performance group well-known in the industry for mounting live performances in a former multi story car park (now known as Bold Tendencies) in Peckham. Since its Proms appearances in 2016 and 2017, the team behind the orchestra led by Kate Whitely has sought out new ways to enhance cultural experiences for the community its made its home in. But Multi Story’s vision and method feel slightly different from convention when you hear from two of their teenage collaborators Flame and Prince talk about The Endz – a musical setting of a play a group of teenagers created themselves in response to violent crime in their neighbourhood. The word is collaboration rather than education and outreach. Co-creation too might be a good word. And the other thing that’s important to stress is how Multi Story are helping young creative talent make the music they want to make rather than what the orchestra thinks they ought to be making.
July 07, 2022
158: Composer and vocalist Laura Bowler about her new opera 'The Blue Woman'
RPS award-winning composer and vocalist Laura Bowler talks about her newest opera 'The Blue Woman', and her climate-change inspired collaboration with Cordelia Lynn, 'Houses Slide'. TICKETS: https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/the-blue-woman-by-katie-mitchell-details Laura's new work Distance is premiered by Juliet Fraser and the Talea Ensemble at Cheltenham Festival on 10 July. TICKETS: https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/whats-on/2022/distance This interview was recorded on Monday 27 June 2022.
June 27, 2022
157: Celebrating 50 years of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme
This year Aldeburgh Festival celebrates 50 years of the artist development programme - a music-making experience rooted in the Suffolk countryside that has supported many of the world's leading musicians. In this episode, previous participants reflect on their experience attending the Britten-Pears Orchestra and courses at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies now known as the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. Contributors in order of appearance: Nicholas Daniel Jessica Mogridge Kirsty Matheson Caroline Clarke Julia Lawrence Mark Stone Jacqui Shave Jacqueline McCarthy Patrick McCarthy Amy Helen Forsdike Chi-Yu Mo
June 06, 2022
156: Yaniewicz & Green Square Piano
Josie Dixon the great great great great grandaughter of Polish Lithuanian violinist and composer Felix Yaniewicz explains how a chance discovery unearthed a series of discoveries about the man in her family she knew only from a portrait. https://www.yaniewicz.org/piano.html
May 28, 2022
155: Mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston introduces her new album Battle Cry
Helen Charlston and Toby Carr release 'Battle Cry' in May 2022 - available from 27th on Delphian records featuring songs by Barbara Strozzi, Henry Purcell, John Eccles, Claudio Monteverdi & Owain Park. To coincide with the release, both performers appear at the London Festival of Baroque at St John's Smith Square and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. TICKETS: https://www.lfbm.org.uk/whats-on/helen-charlston-and-toby-carr
May 16, 2022
154: Composer Tom Coult introduces the new opera 'Violet'
Written in 2019 and originally premiering at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2020, Tom Coult and Alice Birch's 'Violet' tells the 24-day story of a village discovering the gradual loss of time. Recorded at rehearsals in the Jerwood Space in London in May 2022. 'Violet' opens the 2022 Aldeburgh Festival on 3 June. 🎫 https://brittenpearsarts.org/events/violet
May 11, 2022
153: Composer Oliver Davis
Released on Friday 6 May, 'Air' features a collection composer Oliver Davis' characteristically uplifting writing performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Kerensa Peacock, and Grace Davidson. Jon Jacob speaks to Davis about his dyslexia, his compositional influences, and his commercial writing experience. This podcast was recorded in March 2022 at the Southbank Centre.
May 01, 2022
152: Pianist James Lisney
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Podcast 152 features pianist James Lisney ahead of his concert appearances at the 1901 Arts Club in London from 25 April and later on 12 May at Stoller Hall at Chetham's School of Music. You'll also hear music in full (if you're logged into Spotify) by Britten paraphrased by Ronald Stevenson, plus piano music by Haydn and Scriabin.
April 16, 2022
151: The Opera Story's 'Beauty and the Seven Beasts'
"Beauty and the Seven Beasts is possibly the most incredible but also the most challenging Opera Story project so far." Opera Story Hamish McKay, soprano Katherine Aitken, Dan de Sousa, and conductor Berrek Dyer talk about this new work combining the librettos and music of eight composers in one chamber opera staged at Brixton Jamm, 6-14 April 2022.
April 05, 2022
150: Violinist James Ehnes
On the day James Ehnes was meant to be playing Berg's Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, we meet on Zoom to discuss intonation, Walton, and being a tourist in London.
February 18, 2022
149 Southbank Director of Music Gillian Moore
How did Gillian Moore's musical upbringing shape her views about the relevance of music in the lives of everyone today? Ahead of her appearance a the Association of British Orchestras conference in Glasgow in February 2022, she reflects on her own experiences and offers some thoughts on what we need to do next to secure music in the lives of future generations.
February 08, 2022
148: Baritone Benjamin Appl on Winterreise
Baritone Benjamin Appl prepared for his first ever performance of Schubert epic song cycle Winterreise by learning the work on a four-hour car journey back in 2010. Twelve years later he's recorded it with pianist James Baillieu both as an album and in a documentary made by John Bridcut. Baillieu and Appl perform live at Wigmore Hall on 18th February 2022.
February 03, 2022
147: Ivors Composer Awards 2021
Jon Jacob speaks to a selection of Ivors Composer Award Winners from 2021 backstage at the ceremony in the British Museum.
December 12, 2021
146: Clarinettist Barnaby Robson
Clarinettist Barnaby Robson discusses his latest release on Orchid Classics.
December 06, 2021
145: Royal Overseas League Gold Medal 2021 Preview
Hear participants Ryan Corbett, Milly Forrest, Mathias Balzart, David Zucchi and members of the Echea String Quartet, plus artistic director Geoff Parkin discuss the importance of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition. The Gold Medal 2021 will be staged at the Royal Overseas League in London on Wednesday 24 November. Watch live on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpkkTQnwNHGi7Jj_SK6x20g.
November 21, 2021
144: Director Daisy Evans and conductor Stephen Higgins
Theatre of Sound director Daisy Evans and conductor Stephen Higgins are currently mid-way through a run of a new of Bartók’s only opera Bluebeard's Castle. Their work reimagines the piece as a love story between a long-married couple – Duke Bluebeard and Judith – both coming to terms with living with dementia. The production is staged at Stone Nest – a stunning former Welsh chapel in the heart of London’s West End – and runs until 14 November with singers soprano Susan Bullock, bass-baritone Gerald Finley, baritone Michael Mayes and soprano Gweneth Ann Rand sharing the principal roles of Duke Bluebeard and Judith. Tickets via the Theatre of Sound website.
November 08, 2021
143: Composer Electra Perivolaris
Composer Electra Perivolaris talks about her collaboration with a Devonshire couple living with dementia, capturing their musical memories and reworking them in a brand new chamber opera, performed on Saturday 6 and 13 November 2021. Tickets via the Theatre of Sound website : https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theatreofsound/576577
November 03, 2021
142: English Concert Artistic Director Harry Bicket
English Concert artistic director Harry Bicket talks about Handel's Samson, the opera Alcina. Bicket also explains the three things others find annoying about him. Lateness is one of them. What are the other three?
October 13, 2021
142: Recent Discoveries (Oct 2021)
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Hear some of the 2021 Gramophone Award Winners plus some new musical discoveries made at The Two Moors Festival. Recent Discoveries episodes are exclusively available to Spotify subscribers.
October 11, 2021
141: Pianist Pavel Kolesnikov
Pianist Pavel Kolesnikov appears at The Two Moors Festival in October 2021 in a programme of Bach's Goldberg Variations. In this podcast he explores identity, the careers he might pursue if he had the time, and 'those shoes'.
October 06, 2021
140: Tenor Nicky Spence and Help Musicians UK CEO James Ainscough
Throughout 2020 and 2021 Help Musicians UK supported creatives impacted by COVID-19 to the tune of £18 million. In this podcast HMUK ambassador Nicky Spence and CEO James Ainscough explain how the 100 year old charity works, how its support has been invaluable, and how it will be vital in the years to come.
September 27, 2021
139: Tom Poster and Elena Urioste's Jukebox Album
The Jukebox Album is the soundtrack to the feeling that characterises this period in time we’re slowly coming out of, and perhaps a reminder that we should forget about either. A love letter from two musicians to their audience. A potent reminder of things previously taken for granted. A musical Ground Zero.
September 22, 2021
138: Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage
Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage has written a Concertino for clarinettist John Carnac. It will be performed at Music@Malling in Kent in late September by clarinettist John Carnac. Jon Jacob spoke to composer and performer about the work at rehearsals in Birmingham.
September 21, 2021
137: Horn player Ben Goldscheider
Ben Goldscheider appeared with members of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective at the recent Lammermuir Festival in East Lothian, Scotland. In this conversation he discusses horn player Dennis Brain, plus works by Oliver Knussen and Ruth Gipps.
September 20, 2021
136: Grace Davidson & Christian Forshaw
Grace Davidson and Christian Forshaw's new album Historical Fiction blends Baroque and Renaissance in a contemporary setting. Produced by Forshaw during the pandemic, it develops fragments of melody into a musical framework, creating a soundtrack for a royal occasion. The album is released on 17 September 2021.
September 15, 2021
135: Odaline de la Martinez
The London Festival of American Music runs from 13-18 September 2021 and this year features a ground-breaking opera exploring the personal stories of a trans character in 'As One'. In this podcast, a LFAM artistic director, conductor and producer Odaline De la Martinez introduces the festival and talks about how she came to discover the music of Dame Ethel Smyth. For more information and tickets visit https://www.lontano.co.uk/.
September 13, 2021
134: Violinist Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham is one of a handful of performers who can switch between the character in the music and the personality of the performer mid-performance. Nothing is compromised as was witnessed at the InClassica International Music Festival in Dubai 2021. How does he manage to look so bright and perky on stage? And does it stop when he walks off the stage?
September 09, 2021
133: Clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer
September 07, 2021
132: Paul and Barney Smith from VOCES8 and Live from London
Live from London boasts a viewing audience in 75 countries, with an estimated global reach of 4.5million. The series has raised more than £1 million for artists and arts organisations around the world. The latest series includes performances of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, Chineke!, and VOCES8 amongst a great many others. It would be easy to tell that story starting with when the pandemic hit. But, like a lot of organisations who have created success when live music was impacted, Live from London's roots going further back. As you'll hear from brothers Barney and Paul Smith who run VOCES8 and set up Live from London. Five years of digital audience development is what was necessary, also building digital content where visiting artists are partners in a creative project rather than guests of an organisation. The distinction is important, as you'll hear. Discover more on the Live from London website.
August 13, 2021
131: Composer Joseph Phibbs on Benjamin Britten's 'Our Hunting Fathers'
Joseph Phibbs arrangement of Benjamin Britten's first work Our Hunting Fathers features in Snape Malting's August season of concerts. In this podcast Phibbs talks about his work on the arrangement, and Phibbs' own clarinet concerto. A new cello sonata by Joseph Phibbs will be premiered by Tom Poster and Guy Johnston on 29 September at the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival.
August 11, 2021
130: Composer Lillie Harris
July 18, 2021
129: Music in Care Homes
Live Music Now is one of the UK’s biggest musical charities working specifically within the health and wellbeing arena, delivering inspirational musical moments. Jon Jacob visited the Priscilla Wakefield House in North London where folk singer Zoe Wren entertained dementia home residents one warm afternoon in late June 2021.
July 16, 2021
128: Violinist Francisco Fullana
Francisca Fullana's new album on Orchid Classics reflects the effervescent energy the violinist brings to his interview responses. Jon Jacob speaks to Francisco about 'Bach's Long Shadow' from his current home in California. Buy 'Bach's Long Shadow' via Presto Classical. https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8907184--bachs-long-shadow-the-chaconne-files
July 01, 2021
127: Saxophonist Jess Gillam
Ahead of her London Mozart Players performance of Glazunov and Nyman at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon (https://www.londonmozartplayers.com/whats-on/), the saxophonist shares her insights on the power of music, the way music changed her as a kid, and what it was like to discovered she was an MBE. More details on the Jess Gillam Ensemble tour of 'Time' on the Jess Gillam website. https://www.jessgillamsax.co.uk/shows/
June 24, 2021
126: Composer Dani Howard talks about her new trombone concerto for trombonist Peter Moore
Domestic travel, budget hotels, and sanitised breakfasts. Post-pandemic classical music premieres are the post-pandemic equivalent of international travel. Composer Dani Howard talks about her new concerto for trombone, what it feels like to have her picture in the PRS For Music reception, and how to keep a positive mindset. Hint: you'll need to exercise.
June 17, 2021
125: Trumpeter Tine Thing Helseeth: Lego, tone production and 'Scandi' trumpet cool
Norwegian Trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth's new release is a masterclass in seemingly effortless tone production. A must listen. And its a reflection of her personality too. Maybe. You be the judge. Buy Tine Thing Helseth's Magical Memories from Presto Classical.
June 12, 2021
124: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the London Mozart Players, and Croydon Music and Arts
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason appears at the BBC Proms this summer playing Dvorak's Cello Concerto. In the run up to that performance he's appeared with the London Mozart Players performing the same work. And he's worked with cellists half his age in Croydon sharing a bit of the Sheku sparkle. In this podcast hear from Sheku and musicians and teachers from Croydon Music and Arts about the impact the 22-year Black cellist really has. Be sure to have a handkerchief to hand.
June 09, 2021
123: Camilla King from Cheltenham Music Festival
In this podcast Camilla King Head of Programming at Cheltenham and Jon Jacob talk about an arts administrators response to furlough, the sense of loss she experienced when her work was lost to the pandemic, logistics and especially about planning for different scenarios. The industry is fragile. And it depends on people like Camilla as much as the musicians themselves to get it back on its feet. It’s not an easy job. For more information on Cheltenham Music Festival 2021 events, visit https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/
May 25, 2021
122: Tom Hammond and James Francis Brown introduce the Hertfordshire Festival of Music 2021
For more information about the Hertfordshire Festival of Music (4-10 June 2021) visit the HFOM website.
May 22, 2021
121: Maren Bosma and Peter Manning from Bath Festival Orchestra
May 19, 2021
119: Composer Russell Hepplewhite introduces 'Everything'
A new set of songs composed by Russell Hepplewhite with words by Michael Rosen joins the ever-growing Friday Afternoons songbank commissioned by Britten-Pears Arts. Russell explores his compositional journey and how 'Everything' came to be written. More information on the Friday Afternoons website.
May 13, 2021
120: Royal Holloway Director of Choral Music Rupert Gough
May 12, 2021
118: Pianist Sabine Weyer introduces the music of Myaskovsky and Bacri
Two composers born 80 years apart, one in Russia, the other in France. What links the two? And how did pianist Sabine Weyer come to be introduced to both? The answer is via email. Buy Sabine Weyer's Mysteries via Presto Music. https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/articles/3952--interview-sabine-weyer-on-miaskovsky-and-bacri
May 06, 2021
117: Waterperry Opera 2021
Waterperry Opera returns in 2021 with a series of outdoor performances running from 12-21 August 2021. Guy Withers, Rebecca Meltzer and Emma Doherty explore some of the challenges the Company faces post-lockdown. Box Office opens 3 May. More details on the Waterperry website. https://www.waterperryoperafestival.co.uk/
May 03, 2021
116: Composer Iain Farrington talks about Gershwinicity and Beethoveniana
Composer, arranger and pianist Iain Farrington's new album of Gershwin tunes is out on the SOMM label on 16th April 2021. In this podcast Farrington talks to Jon Jacob about his transcribing, his work as a musician, and how the BBC Proms 2020 season opener came to be. Buy the album https://newalbm.link/gershwinicity/
April 13, 2021
115: Pianist Elan Sicroff introduces the music of Thomas de Hartmann
April 03, 2021
114: Rakki Singh and Adam Szabo from Manchester Collective
Manchester Collective's first album 'The Centre is Everywhere' features works by Schoenberg and Glass, plus a commission by Edmund Finnis. Adam Szabo and Rakhi Singh discuss the recording and their thoughts about digital projects embarked upon by arts organisations during the global pandemic.
March 28, 2021
113: Tenebrae's Nigel Short introduces St John's Smith Square Holy Week Festival 2021
St Johns Smith Square Holy Week Festival 2021 begins on Sunday 28 March - Palm Sunday. Vocal group Tenebrae under the direction of Nigel Short features in pre-recorded and live streams as well as Amici Voices, violinist Lana Trotovšek, Bojan Čičić, and organist Steven Devine. For more information visit the St John's Smith Square website.
March 24, 2021
112: Pianist Clare Hammond on playing to prisoners
On 5 March 2021, Clare Hammond releases her fifth disc for BIS Records with an adventurous programme of twentieth and twenty-first-century variations for piano. Music: Karol Szymanowski – Variations on a Polish Theme, Op. 10 (1904)
February 24, 2021
111: Sophie Renshaw from Inside Out Musician
New sessions available for amateur and professional musicians root musical practise in the context of the wider arts and cultural scene, and they're delivered by Zoom. Sophie Renshaw discusses the project in this podcast episode. For more information about courses available visit https://www.insideoutmusician.com/.
February 14, 2021
110: Soprano April Frederick on the English Symphony Orchestra's Nimbus release
Visions of Childhood with soprano April Fredrick, the English Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kenneth Woods is out on 5 February 2021 - https://orcd.co/_visionsofchildhood
February 01, 2021
109: Stephen Dodgson's chamber opera 'Margaret Catchpole'
Conductor Julian Perkins and soprano Kate Howden discuss Stephen Dodgson's rarely performed compelling chamber opera about the life of a Suffolk girl who broke the law for love. Purchase the recording of the work via all the usual platforms. https://naxos.lnk.to/866045961Na!product_page#
January 30, 2021
108: Conductor Richard Stamp and Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto
December 12, 2020
107: John Rutter's new 'Joseph Carol' premiered by the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Jon Jacob speaks to John Rutter, Bryn and Marios Papadopoulos MBE at a recording for the Oxford Philharmonic's digital Christmas concert dedicated to scientists who have discovered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The concert features the premiere of John Rutter's new carol 'Joseph Carol' and is available on the Oxford Philharmonic's YouTube and Facebook pages from 18th December.
December 09, 2020
106: Ivor Novello Composer Award Winner 2020 Richard Blackford
December 01, 2020
105: Soprano Katharine Dain and Pianist Sam Armstrong
Lifelong friends Katharine Dain and Sam Armstrong ended up quarantining together in Rotterdam for more time in 2020 than they anticipated. The result was a new album of music by Messaien, Debussy, Delbos, and Duitilleux. Buy it here >> https://lnk.to/KatharineDainRegardsSurLInfini
November 25, 2020
104: Composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson
Jon Jacob talks to composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson about a new release on the Orchid Classics label pairing Simpson's Geysir with Mozart's Gran Partita. Full credits via the Orchid Classics website. https://www.orchidclassics.com/releases/orc100150-mark-simpson/
November 20, 2020
103: Lucy Thraves from Classical Music Online
In the week that industry magazine Classical Music shifts to online, Jon Jacob speaks to its editor Lucy Thraves. Visit Classical Music online at https://www.classical-music.uk.
November 09, 2020
102: Riga-Jurmala Festival 2021
Riga-Jurmala Festival 2021 runs from 16 July - 29 August 2021. Tickets are on sale now and up until the end of 1 November 2020, are available at 30% off the usual sale price. Artists include Yuja Wang, King Singers, Chicago Symphony with Riccard Mutti, and the Concertgebouw with Daniel Harding. For more information visit www.riga-jurmala.com.
October 31, 2020
101: Royal Philharmonic Society's James Murphy introduces some of the RPS 2020 Shortlist
RPS Chief Exec James Murphy introduces some of the shortlisted names and organisations in this years RPS Awards. The full list can be found on the Thoroughly Good Blog.
October 14, 2020
100: Tenor Nicky Spence talks about Blackheath Community Opera's Rake's Progress 2020
Tenor Nicky Spence introduces the Blackheath Community Opera project for 2020 - a lockdown performance of Stravinsky's Rake's Progress. WATCH 7.30pm Saturday 3 October YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqPeoqlECLodpfPEeEWCFug FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/BlackheathHalls/
October 03, 2020
99: Documentary filmmaker John Bridcut
Classical music documentary filmmaker John Bridcut's latest film celebrates the life of Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink. It's broadcast on the BBC on 26th September. In this podcast John Bridcut discusses his methodology and reflects on his experiences working with Haitink. This interview is also available in video format on the Thoroughly Good Facebook and YouTube pages.
September 20, 2020
98: Pianist Melvyn Tan, cellist Guy Johnston, and tour guide Dermot Burke on Mendelssohn Cello Sonata and Hatfield House
Accompany Jon Jacob on a tour of Hatfield House at one of the first pre-recorded concert series in the UK post-COVID19 lockdown. The Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival started on Friday 11 September. Watch each concert on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL50aH6QSo6lv4YYC40wheDQjeO7FatuFz
September 12, 2020
97: Steve Magee and his arrangement of Eric Coates 'Calling All Workers'
Jon Jacob talks to BBC Symphony Orchestra Principal Contrabassoonist Steve Magee about his lockdown arrangement of Eric Coates' classic wartime morale-boosting tune 'Calling All Workers'. Watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtxcSUNlKCw
August 27, 2020
96: Test events at St John's Smith Square
Jon Jacob speaks to Richard Heason from St John's Smith Square and Owain Park, director from Gesualdo Six ahead of a test event for socially distanced audiences. Watch the concert here >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TCqKV_aKrk
August 04, 2020
95: Members of the LPO play together for the first time after lockdown
Ahead of the LPO’s Summer Sessions on YouTube, Jon Jacob visits Henry Wood Hall in London to see how social distancing regulations have impact live music-making.
July 11, 2020
93: Charlotte Higgins on Brahms, live performance, and journalism
Excerpts from Brahms G Major Violin Sonata by Tasmin Little on Chandos and, Op 119 No. 3 by Olshansky
June 13, 2020
91: Mairead Sheerin and Clare Cornwell introduce the new Blackheath Conservatoire Online programme
For more information about Blackheath's range of music-making and arts and culture courses now available worldwide via Zoom, visit http://www.conservatoire.org.uk/
May 23, 2020
90: Conductor Timothy Henty and 'Grounded Conductor' Presenter
Timothy Henty produces at presents The Grounded Conductor series as part of the At Home with LMP lockdown. In this podcast he explores the reasons for making the series, and reveals insights into the opera production process, and the fascinating relationship between conductor and audio engineer. Discover the series on the At Home with LMP website.
May 22, 2020
89: Public Service Announcement
The first edition of podcast episode 88 was published in error. It was billed as conductor Timothy Henty but ended up being Ron Davis. For some subscribers that means they've missed out on hearing Timothy Henty (because they've unwittingly downloaded the incorrect file). So, the next file will necessarily be a 'repeat' publication of Timothy Henty. Yes. It's confusing. But not half as much as its embarrassing for Jon Jacob.
May 22, 2020
88: Conductor Timothy Henty and 'Grounded Conductor' Presenter
Timothy Henty produces at presents The Grounded Conductor series as part of the At Home with LMP lockdown. In this podcast he explores the reasons for making the series, and reveals insights into the opera production process, and the fascinating relationship between conductor and audio engineer. Discover the series on the At Home with LMP website.
May 20, 2020
86: Cellist Ruth Philips introduces The Exhale
Cellist Ruth Phillips discusses the music of Handel, the playing of Andras Schiff and Armenian folk music ahead of the launch of The Exhale - an online retreat for professional and amateur musicians in search of an holistic approach to personal development and wellbeing. Sign up to the retreat that runs from 27 April - 10 May 2020 at www.the-exhale.com.
April 18, 2020
85: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra principal horn Peter Solomon
Principal horn at Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Peter Solomon has managed to do the unthinkable: fly home to New York for a holiday just as COVID19 broke out in China, then fly back from New York just as the virus broke out in the US. In this episode he brings the music of Bach, Brahms, Shostakovich and Strauss.
April 11, 2020
84: London Mozart Players violinist Ruth Rogers on how practise supports her in lockdown
Ruth Rogers is a violinist with the London Mozart Players contributing to the orchestra's LMP at Home series - a regularly updated collection of videos and playlists created for audiences and musicians alike in isolation. In this episode, she introduces three works that have supported her during the initial stages of the Coronavirus outbreak including Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, Mendelssohn's youthfully optimistic Octet, and Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht.
April 05, 2020
83: Composer Paul Leonard-Morgan discusses his work on Amazon Prime's 'Tales of the Loop' and BBC One's 'The Nest'
In this exclusive podcast hear BAFTA-award winning composer Paul Leonard-Morgan talk about his work with Philip Glass composing music for the new hotly-anticipated Amazon Prime series ‘Tales from the Loop’. A charming soundtrack, simply scored but deployed with devastating effect. Hear Paul discuss how he works in isolation from his glass-walled studio in LA. Watch the trailer on YouTube. Tales of the Loop is available on Amazon Prime from 3 April.
April 01, 2020
82: Writer and 'Punter' Adrian Ainsworth
Writer and 'punter' Adrian Ainsworth (@Adrian_Specs on Twitter) brings his musical selection to the Thoroughly Good Emergency Classical Music Podcast including Carolyn Sampson's latest release, Schubert's Ausflosung from Ian Bostridge, Kate Arnold's 'For Barely One In A Thousand' and Jo Quail's 'Mandrel Cantus'. Adrian has a new blog set up to supporting artists impacted by the Coronavirus Crisis - Support Action.
March 27, 2020
81: Marta Gardolińska with freedom, acceptance, peace and consolation
Marta Gardolińska shares classical music works which have supported her during isolation and lockdown in Austria: Vaughan Williams' Lark Ascending, Strauss' Four Last Songs, and the symphonies of Bruckner - music that evokes a sense of freedom, acceptance, peace, and consolation.
March 20, 2020
80: Fran Wilson and Jon Jacob talk Beethoven, Grainger and Light Music
There's a nasty bug about. A nasty economy-threatening bug that challenging all of us. At times like these we need to draw on the things that matter most: music. Fran Wilson and Jon Jacob talk about their reaction to events and the music that has supported them.
March 18, 2020
79: Composer and arranger Jules Buckley
Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra appear as part of the 2020 Cheltenham Music Festival (3-12 July) of which Buckley is guest curator this year. In this podcast hear Buckley discuss his musical roots, why he thought the Ibiza Prom might bomb minutes before he went on stage, and how the club classics which made up that concert weren't necessarily his go-to music when he sat down to arrange them.
March 11, 2020
78: Composer Paul Mealor and Voce Director Mark Singleton
March 08, 2020
77: Spitalfields Music Festival 2020 Launch
A special series of podcasts commissioned by the lovely people at Spitalfields Music celebrating the 2020 Festival. Edited highlights from the @SpitsMusic Festival Launch 2020 including CEO Sarah Gee, and composers Errollyn Wallen and Edmund Finnis. Plus, exclusive live performances from the Dunedin Consort.
March 02, 2020
76: Soprano Susan Bullock and conductor Kirill Karabits discuss Strauss' Elektra
Recorded at Ham Yard Hotel in February 2020, Susan Bullock discusses her career playing Elektra, ahead of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performances of Strauss' revenge-ridden opera of the same name in Poole Lighthouse and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
February 21, 2020
75: Miloš Karadaglić talks injuries, mental health and his new album 'Sound of Silence'
Miloš latest album of guitar music features Katherine Tinker and Jess Gillam on a variety of classical interpretations of iconic pop tunes. And it works well. Miloš shared his thoughts on playing, the industry, and the supposed shame of admitting to burnout in this podcast recorded at The Treehouse Hotel in London.
February 12, 2020
74: Soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn on playing the title role in Verdi's Luisa Miller
Soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn appears in the title role in Verdi's Luisa Miller at English National Opera in London. Book tickets on the ENO website. https://www.eno.org/whats-on/luisa-miller/
February 07, 2020
73: German composer Carlos Cipa discusses his latest album 'Retronyms'
Carlos Cipa visited London in September 2019 for a one-off concert and to promo his new album of experimental soundscapes Retronyms. Since then he's also released Retronyms B-Side Collection - three tracks reworking the improvisation-driven compositions from the August release.
February 05, 2020
72: Violinist Maxim Vengerov
Maxim Vengerov celebrates 40 years performing on stages across the world with a special one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 12 June 2019 with Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky. He's also teaming up with streaming service IDAGIO to release exclusive recordings on their label (listen to the podcast to get a discount code for signing up to IDAGIO). He plays the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra on 30 April.
January 23, 2020
71: Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist James Baillieu
Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist James Baillieu discuss their latest collaboration on Signum Classics: the complete works for violin and keyboard by CPE Bach. Available on all streaming sites and for purchase via Signum Classics.
January 18, 2020
70: Pianist, composer and human rights activist Gabriela Montero
Gabriela's latest album on Orchid Classics is available on Spotify. She performs with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on 26 February 2020. https://bsolive.com/events/artist-in-residence-recital/
January 16, 2020
69: Nicola Benedetti and the Benedetti Foundation
Violinist Nicola Benedetti is one of the world's leading advocates for quality music education - an ambassador whose passion for her role is evident in what she says and what she does. This podcast features an interview with her about the Benedetti Foundation, plus excerpts from sessions for primary school children run in London.
January 10, 2020
68: Composer Bernard Hughes introduces Not Now Bernard and Other Stories
January 07, 2020
67: Conductor Tom Hammond discusses the music of Sibelius
Tom Hammond conducts the Orchestra of the Swan on 21 January 2020 in a programme featuring music by Sibelius. In this podcast he discusses how he discovered Sibelius' music. He also previews some of the events in the 2020 Hertfordshire Music Festival.
January 04, 2020
66: Discovering Lully's opera 'Isis' with Christophe Rousset
Conductor and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset discusses the writing of composer Lully following a performance of 'Isis' given at Opera Royal in the Palace of Versailles on Tuesday 10 December. Read a synopsis of the opera on the Les Talens Lyriques website. A recording of the opera made by Les Talens Lyriques is available on Spotify or to purchase.
December 12, 2019
65: Composer Christopher Gunning discusses TV commercials, Poirot, and his symphonies
November 29, 2019
64: Tafelmusik Music Director Elissa Citterio
Ahead of Tafelmusik's European tour this week, music director Elissa Citterio talks about how she came to work with the Canadian Baroque orchestra, and her love of the Italian orchestral sound.
November 18, 2019
63: Violinist Tessa Lark discusses Schubert's Fantasie in C Major and the music of Michael Torke
Easy well-matched conversation with someone who thrives on self-deprecation, draws on NLP tools and techniques when she talks, and whose approach to digital storytelling chimes with my own. Earlier this week a new colleague reinforced a perspective I’ve held (but not really articulated much) he learned by being in a lift with a broadcaster. Joyful content comes when those doing the storytelling are at their ease, when there’s spontaneity, and when there’s the lightest-touch of plans. There’s a need too to be at ease sharing the reality of life - the antidote to the habit we all have of planning all the spontaneity out of a moment. Tessa and I talked about composer Michael Torke, perfectionism, sound production, and Schubert’s C major Fantasie.
October 30, 2019
62: Composer Roxanna Panufnik
Overlook the mis-pronunciation of the marvellous Roxanna Panufnik's name in the recorded introduction to this podcast. The important stuff is what follows. Roxanna is warm, open, and generous in her contributions, at ease recalling her formative years as she is responding to my frequent 'ums' and 'ahs'. Thanks for supporting the podcast. You really are special people.
October 19, 2019
61: Clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe on Brahms, Widor and Debussy
Annelien Van Wauwe's new album on Pentatone features music from the late 19th century Belle Epoque - the 'beautiful era' - and includes works by Debussy, Brahms, Widor and Pierne. In this podcast Annelien discusses her relationship with the music and her approach to playing, practicing and teaching.
October 12, 2019
60: Voces 8 International Summer School at Milton Abbey
Voces 8 founder and participation manager provides a guided tour of the singing group's residential course for amateur singers at Milton Abbey in Dorset. Music includes Bruch's Violin Concerto from Thomas Gould and Haydn's Creation. Also featuring one proud mum.
October 05, 2019
59: Festival of New: Sarah Nicolls, Maja Bugge, and Fran Lobo
Recorded at the beginning of September at Snape Maltings Concert Hall in the run up to the second annual Festival of New, podcast 59 features pianist Sarah Nicholls, cellist Maja Bugge and singer-songwriter Fran Lobo discussing some of the thinking behind their work at the week-long residency. Support Sarah Nicholls Standing Grand Piano Kickstarter Campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/futurepiano/the-standing-grand-a-new-light-portable-acoustic-piano. Sarah also appears in this year's London Piano Festival next week. Tickets: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/family/the-inside-out-piano-with-sarah-nicolls/ Patreon supporters get early access to the Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast for as little as $5 in addition to other benefits. Support the podcast here: https://patreon.com/thoroughlygood.
October 02, 2019
58: Cellist Raphael Wallfisch discusses the music of Ernest Bloch
Ahead of Raphael Wallfisch's new season of concerts, Jon Jacob speaks to the cellist about his formative classical music experiences, cellist Zara Nelsova, Jacqueline du Pre, and the music of Ernest Bloch. For regular updates, concert previews, and recording recommendations, support the podcast via http://patreon.com/thoroughlygood.
September 27, 2019
57: London Mozart Players at the newly refurbished Fairfield Halls
September 18, 2019
56: Conductor Nicholas Collon discusses Aurora Orchestra and his new role with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Ahead of the Aurora Orchestra's much-anticipated appearance performing Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique at the BBC Proms 2019, conductor Nicholas Collon discusses his career to date and looks ahead to his new role as Chief Conductor at the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
September 12, 2019
55: Soprano and Creative Marci Meth discusses 'The Wild Song'
Marci introduces her new crowdfunded CD - The Wild Song. A combination of folk songs set to music by Benjamin Britten interspersed with poetry by Yeats read by Simon Russell-Beale and sound interludes by Mychael Danner. All of it produced at the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings in Suffolk in 2016. Buy the album here >> http://smarturl.it/modern-poetics
August 28, 2019
54: Conductor Elim Chan at the #BBCProms
Conductor Elim Chan discusses the conductor’s experience, Valery Gergiev and working with Errolyn Wallen. NB The agency Elim is signed to is Harrison Parrott, not Harold Holt (which doesn’t actually exist by the way). Maybe it’s time for a new podcast host.
August 15, 2019
53: BBC Proms 2019 - Stop Banging On
Give the listening audience the chance to reflect on what they’ve just heard and what it means to them, instead of resorting to hype, sycophancy, or post-performance reviews
August 14, 2019
52: Solomon's Knot discuss musical rhetoric, singing from memory, and performing at the #BBCProms
August 09, 2019
51: Jan Latham-Koenig introduces the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra
A new training orchestra for conservatoire musicians from Russia and the UK starts rehearsing for a month of concerts in September 2019. Novaya Opera Artistic Director explains the thinking behind the bi-lateral project, what he discovered during auditions for the orchestra, and reveals some of the differences between UK and Russian orchestral musicians. More information at www.bsfo.org.
August 06, 2019
50: Verbier Festival Director Martin Engstroem on leadership, vision, and talent
What marked Martin out for leadership? What mindset helped him be successful. What does he look for in artists? The former VP of Deutsche Grammophon - Artists and Repertoire - shared insights into how the record industry works, why he moved from artist management to artistic directorship. And, his connection with the Aldeburgh Festival.
July 30, 2019
49: Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky at Verbier Festival 2019
Russian violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky discusses Menuhin, the Soviet music education system, and nerves in this podcast recorded at the Verbier Festival on Sunday 28 July 2019.
July 28, 2019
48: Pianist Nicolas Hodges discusses Messiaen's Des Canyons aux étoiles
Nicolas Hodges appears at the BBC Proms 2019 in a performance of Messiaen's Des Canyon aux étoiles. Here he discusses the different ways birdsong sounds across the world, how eight weeks when he was a teenager made contemporary music inescapable, and what happens in the moment between the final note of a piece of music and the applause beginning.
July 26, 2019
47: Clarinettist Mark van de Wiel discusses his new Signum release featuring Joseph Phibbs new Clarinet Concerto
Principal clarinettist of the Philharmonia Mark van de Wiel discuss the Mozart and Phibbs recordings just released Signum, plus explain his development as a musician with teachers Dame Thea King and Colin Bradbury. Buy via the Signum website >> https://signumrecords.com/product/phibbs-and-mozart/SIGCD578/
July 22, 2019
46: Cellist Matthew Barley discusses The Protecting Veil, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and handling hypermobility.
Matthew Barley's recording of John Tavener's The Protecting Veil was released on the Signum label in June 2019. It's available via Spotify.
July 16, 2019
45: BBC Proms Commissioning Editor Jan Younghusband
BBC Proms management bod introduces what's in store during the 2019 season.
July 04, 2019
44: Tenor Toby Spence discusses Beethoven and the rise of amateurism in music performance
June 18, 2019
43: Composer Alexey Shor
Maths prodigy and now composer. Alexey Shor is the composer in residence at the Malta International Festival. In this podcast he discusses why he writes and how he writes, and challenges a whole load of assumptions about the classical music world as he does so. Read the accompanying blog post on the Thoroughly Good Blog.
June 16, 2019
42: Andrew Nethsingha discusses Choir of St Johns College of Cambridge release on Signum
Director of Music at St Johns College of Cambridge discusses his work at St Johns College Cambridge, the educational impact of Cambridge music making, and the choir's new release on Signum Records, Locus Iste.
June 09, 2019
41: Composer Jonathan Dove at Salisbury International Arts Festival
Jon Jacob speaks to composer Jonathan Dove at the Salisbury International Arts Festival about the compositional language he uses in some of his works. An album of orchestral music by Jonathan with the BBC Philharmonic and Timothy Redmond is available on Spotify.
June 05, 2019
40: Cellist and composer Joy Lisney
Podcast 40 features an interview with cellist Joy Lisney who appears at the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, on 8th June in a recital of Bach, Chopin and Brahms with her piano playing father James Lisney. More information on the [Southbank Centre website](https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/128978-joy-and-james-lisney-2019) or at [www.joylisney.com](http://www.joylisney.com). Music: Vriend's '[Anatomy of Passion](https://youtu.be/LDzdp6mc8Zc)' performed live in 2004.
May 20, 2019
39: Violinist Itamar Zorman discusses the music of Jewish composer Paul Ben-Haim
Composer Paul Ben-Haim moved from Germany during the 1930s to escape the Nazi regime to settle in the British Mandate of Palestine. There he continued his work as a composer spanning musical styles - Western European classical music and Arabic classical music. Itamar's exploration of Ben-Haim's work is documented in an album recorded with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and is supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
May 16, 2019
38: Double Bassist Leon Bosch
Double bassist Leon Bosch discusses education, detail, knowledge and expertise. His South African Double Bass Concert with Rebeca Omordia is at the October Gallery, London on Thursday 2 May.
April 30, 2019
37: Adam Szabo from Manchester Collective
Adam Szabo from [Manchester Collective](https://manchestercollective.co.uk/) discusses alternative classical music experiences in this hour long discussion about audience development (fuelled by wine).
April 27, 2019
36: Being a composer: doing the creating and managing the business
Jon Jacob visits PRS for Music for the Wild Plum Songbook Workshop recently held in London in collaboration with Wild Plum Arts and Cheltenham Music Festival. He speaks to composers workshopping their new works, and Wild Plum Arts Artistic Director and workshop mentor Lucy Schaufer. Composers in order of appearance in the podcast: Ella Jarman-Pinto, Kate Marlais, Rose Miranda Hall, Janet Oates, Lisa Robertson, Sarah Lianne Lewis.
April 09, 2019
35: Gisle Kverndokk & Aksel-Otto Bull discuss the new opera 'Upon This Handful of Earth'
Upon this Handful of Earth received its European premiere at the Church Music Festival in Oslo on Monday 24 March 2019\. Jon Jacob speaks to composer and librettists Gisle Kverndokk and Aksel-Otto Bull about the work, the issues it highlights, and the challenges in bringing the conversation about climate change to the operatic form.
March 31, 2019
34: Composer James Macmillan, Tenebrae’s Nigel Short & the SJSS Holy Week Festival
James Macmillan and Tenebrae’s Nigel Short discuss the Holy Week Festival, faith and how it supports Macmillan’s work as a composer, and how Tenebrae chorus creates its distinctive sound. Including excerpts from Macmillan’s Seven Last Words (Naxos) and Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden (Signum). More information about the festival can be found at [sjss.org.uk](http://sjss.org.uk).
March 24, 2019
33: Samir Savant and Bridget Cunningham preview the London Handel Festival 2019
Festival Director Samir Savant and conductor and Handel scholar Bridget Cunningham discuss Handel in London, Handel the coach, and Handel the fundraiser.
March 19, 2019
32: Fretwork's Richard Boothby and Kieran Cooper
Podcast 32 spotlights a new release on Signum Classics entitled 'If'. It's the latest release by consort of viols Fretwork, and celebrates the 75th birthday of composer Michael Nyman pairing a collection of contemporary works arranged for the consort with music by Henry Purcell. The album is out on 22nd March 2019\. Pre-order here >> [http://hyperurl.co/NymanPurcell](http://hyperurl.co/NymanPurcell)
March 14, 2019
31: Sophie Webber's Kickstarter campaign for 'B2C: Bach Cello Suites Unleashed'
Listen to exclusive demo material from British cellist Sophie Webber's Kickstarter-funded album 'Bach Cello Suites Unleashed' fusing solo cello with vocal accompaniment. Podcast recorded on Monday 11 March 2019\. To support Sophie's project visit Kickstarter and search 'Bach Cello Suites Unleashed' or visit [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sophiewebber/b2c-bach-cello-suites-to-choir](https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sophiewebber/b2c-bach-cello-suites-to-choir)
March 11, 2019
30: Dani Howard and Hamish McKay discuss The Opera Story's 'Robin Hood' at CLF Art Cafe in Peckham
All you really need to know about Podcast Number 30 is that it was recording on Wednesday 20 February 2019 at the Bussey Building - a former Victorian cricket bat factory saved from demolition ten years ago. It's home to a new opera - Robin Hood - premiered at the end of February, written by former Royal College of Music graduate Dani Howard, and performed by a small cast accompanied by the Aurora Orchestra. There is an infectious kind of energy to small scale fringe-infused endeavours like this. The excerpts you hear in between the interviews were recorded at the first play-through with orchestra - known in the trade as 'the sitzprobe'. Find out more at [https://theoperastory.com/](https://theoperastory.com/)
February 21, 2019
29: Pianist Peter Donohoe discusses Mozart, Richter and the Soviet Union
An extended interview with pianist Peter Donohoe features in episode number twenty nine of the Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast. Peter and I sat down ostensibly to discuss his new release on the SOMM label - a collection of Mozart Piano Sonatas plus the Fantasia in D minor. As with anything unplanned and unscripted our conversation took in a great many other subjects too, including interpretation, Richter, and Soviet Russia. Musical excerpts included in this 1 hour episode recorded in January 2019 are drawn from the first volume released earlier this year.
February 20, 2019
28: Conductor Jessica Cottis introduces the new opera The Monstrous Child
A new opera - The Monstrous Child - by composer Gavin Higgins and author Francesca Simom about the teenage daughter of a Norse God who's search for her place in a mythical world opens at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre on Thursday 21 Febraury. Jessica Cottis conducts the Aurora Orchestra. Jessica and I met in the Linbury Theatre during a break in rehearsals on Thursday 14 February. In addition to talking about the opera, we discussed the connection between science and the arts, orchestral scores, the thrill of being in the orchestra pit, and polyhedric structures. For more information and ticket availability visit the [Royal Opera House website](https://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-monstrous-child-by-timothy-sheader).
February 15, 2019
27: Ian Page from the Mozartists and Classical Opera
Ian Page, conductor of the Mozartists and Classical Opera, whose twenty seven year plan to perform the music written by Mozart throughout his life, 250 years on is already underway. In this podcast Ian discusses the value of honest feedback from non-musicians, Sibelius, Wagner, Britten, and lipstick. 1769: A Year In Music is at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 29 January, 7.30pm. More details on the Southbank [website](https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/120181-1769-year-music-2019). The Thoroughly Good Podcast is available on Spotify, iTunes and Audioboom.
January 26, 2019
26: Signum Records Steve Long and Yehuda Shapiro
Steve Long, Yehuda Shapiro and Jon Jacob discuss classical music streaming, independent record labels and the opportunity for data-driven marketing of core classical music.
January 19, 2019
25: Categorising Classical Music
A recent announcement from the BPI celebrated an increase in streaming of classical music. But the reporting on the story has highlighted the misrepresentation of the genre, something that inevitably presents an opportunity for a spot of pissing and moaning.
January 16, 2019
24: Violinist Jennifer Pike talks about her new album release "The Polish Violin"
Violinist Jennifer Pike talks about her new album release dedicated to Polish violin music. The album is available on the Chandos label from Friday 4 January 2019\. For more information and a gallery of pictures, visit the [Thoroughly Good Blog](https://www.thoroughlygood.me/2019/01/02/thoroughly-good-podcast-24-violinist-jennifer-pike/).
January 02, 2019
23: Martin Wahlberg talks Gretry, literature and the French Revolution
Academic and conductor Martin Wåhlberg from Trondheim discusses French literature of the Enlightenment, opera-comique, and the work of composer Andre Gretry during a run of performances of Raoul Barbe Bleue. Recorded in Trondheim on Thursday 15 November 2018.
November 19, 2018
22: Dr Sophie Fuller from Trinity Laban Conservatoire discusses Venus Blazing
This podcast features Dr. Sophie Fuller who is the Programme Leader at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich, South East London, author of The Pandora Guide to Women Composers in Britain and the United States, and along with the Head of Orchestral Studies at Trinity Laban Jonathan Tilbrook is behind the year-long celebration of women composers [Venus Blazing](https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/creative-innovation/venus-blazing). Excerpts from works by women composers featured in this podcast include the first movement from Elizabeth Maconchy's first string quartet, the first movement of Louise Farrenc's third symphony, and Meena Keel's Symphony performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted at the BBC Proms in 1989.
October 24, 2018
21: Richard Tognetti from the Australian Chamber Orchestra
Ahead of the start of the Australian Chamber Orchestra's Barbican residency on 22nd October 2018, I talk to artistic director Richard Tognetti about Sydney Opera House, Mozart 40, Beethoven String Quartets and Bach. He explains why there's absolutely nothing wrong with arrangements for string ensembles. [Concert listings](https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/series/aco-international-associate-at-milton-court) on the Barbican website.
October 09, 2018
20: Calidore String Quartet (in London)
Tips on how start up a string quartet, how to do competitions, and the mindset for approaching any work (terrifying advice). And ahead of their latest release on [Signum](https://signumrecords.com/product/resilience/SIGCD551/), the impetus for selecting the works that appear on their latest album. Recorded at St George's Hotel on Saturday 14 July 2018.
October 01, 2018
19: Poland's NOSPR Concert Hall and the music of Szymanowski
Recorded during the first Karol Szymanowski Music Competition staged at the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice, Poland. Jon Jacob speaks to competitors, and discovers the hall's distinctive acoustic and the appeal of Polish composer Szymanowski's music.
September 22, 2018
18: Leeds International Piano Competition 2018
Sounds from the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition, including an exclusive tour of The Cobbe Collection of antique pianos, masterclasses with Lars Vogt and Imogen Cooper, and reflections on the final performances from Aljoras Jurinic, Anna Geniushene, Mario Haring, XinyuanWang, and winner Eric Lu.
September 16, 2018
17: 'Now the Hero' composer Owen Roberts
This podcast features composer Owen Roberts who is part of the creative team behind concluding work in the 14-18 NOW season - the UK's cultural commemoration of the WW1 centenary. Owen has composed the music that accompanies an immersive theatrical experience in Swansea 'Now the Hero'. The production opens the Swansea International Festival on 29th September. Owen Roberts has joined forces with Welsh artist Marc Rees, writer Owen Sheers and the choir Polyphony to create and perform Now the Hero. In this podcast - recorded at the Southbank Centre on Monday 10 September - Owen discusses who and what inspired him to compose, his training at Durham University, and his work with the late award-winning composer Johann Johannsson. For more of Owen's work, follow him on [Facebook](https://facebook.com/owenrobertsounds) or [Soundcloud](https://soundcloud.com/owenroberts-1). 'Now the Hero' is supported by the Welsh Government, Arts Council Wales, the Taliesin, National Lottery Fund, Swansea Council, Swansea University and Colwinston Charitable Trust.
September 11, 2018
16: Musicologist and Symphony Graphique's Hannah Chan-Hartley
Musicologist Hannah Chan-Hartley discusses academia, the shift from scholarly study to content marketing, and her visual Listening Guides developed for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. For more information on the Visual Guides and to purchase individual copies, visit [[https://www.symphonygraphique.com/shop](https://www.symphonygraphique.com/shop)](Musicologist Hannah Chan-Hartley discusses academia, the shift from scholarly study to content marketing, and her visual Listening Guides developed for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. For more information on the Visual Guides and to purchase individual copies, visit [https://www.symphonygraphique.com/shop](https://www.symphonygraphique.com/shop) This podcast was recorded on Wednesday 5 September 2018 at the Southbank Centre in London.) This podcast was recorded on Wednesday 5 September 2018 at the Southbank Centre in London.
September 05, 2018
15: How British Youth Opera trains new talent
The fifteenth Thoroughly Good Podcast was recorded in August 2018 at the British Youth Opera rehearsals in London South Bank University. British Youth Opera - an opera training company for graduates and young professionals was founded in 1987\. It has annual programme of productions, masterclasses and workshops for new opera talent. Amongst its alumni features Laura Attridge who appeared on the Thoroughly Good Podcast about Trinity Laban's production of Rape of Lucretia a few episodes back. This year British Youth Opera stage two productions at the Peacock Theatre from 1st September - Stravinsky's Rakes Progress and Jeremy Sams' Enchanted Island. You'll hear from the Enchanted Island cast and production team talk about the experience of working in British Youth Opera later in this podcast. First, is a conversation with Executive Director David Balcombe. Performances of The Enchanted Island are on Saturday 1, Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 September at 7.00pm at the Peacock Theatre on Portugal Street. The production of The Rake's Progress is on Tuesday 4, Thursday 6 and Saturday 8 September, also at the Peacock Theatre. Please rate, like and share the podcast on Twitter and Facebook. You can support its ongoing development by visiting the Thoroughly Good Blog and thoroughlygood.me and clicking on the donate button. If you'd like to get in touch tweet me [@ThoroughlyGood](http://www.twitter.com/thoroughlygood), like the [Thoroughly Good Page on Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/thoroughlygoodme/), or email [firstname.lastname@example.org](mailto:email@example.com).
August 29, 2018
14: Behind the scenes at Waterperry Opera Festival
Episode 14 of the Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast was recorded behind the scenes at the inaugural Waterperry Opera Festival in the idyllic setting of Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire. This podcast features a tour of the site with Festival Director Guy Withers, and an interview with baritone Nick Morton and Musical Director Bertie Baigent plus excerpts from the final dress rehearsal for one of the operas in production - Jonathan Dove's sparkling setting of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. The Waterperry Opera Festival runs until 19th August 2018\. Next year's dates are 25th-28th July 2019\. Find out more at waterperryoperafestival.co.uk
August 17, 2018
13: Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva preview the London Piano Festival
This episode features pianists Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva - artistic directors of the London Piano Festival - a five day series of concerts from 3-7 October 2018 at Kings Place featuring appearances from Stephen Kovacevich, Pavel Kolesnikov, and Samson Tsoy. Charles, Katya and I met at Kings Place in London on the 10th August 2018 and talked about Debussy, the performance experience, and the challenges of running a festival. They provide some highlights of the Festival towards the end of this podcast. Tickets at kingsplace.co.uk/lpf
August 10, 2018
12: The Philharmonia's Virtual Orchestra in Bedford
Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmee Fairburn Trust, the Philharmonia's award-winning multimedia digital is touring the UK with an exhibition dedicated to Holst's Planet Suite and a virtual reality experience. Jon Jacob meets Events Manager Elizabeth Howard, Director of Residencies Jonathan Mayes, and Audience Development Manager Tom Spurgin at the exhibition's current home in Bedford. For more information on the exhibition visit philharmonia.co.uk/virtualorchestra. Watch a video recording of the unedited discussion on YouTube >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=let6I4ZjXvY
July 22, 2018
11: Laura Attridge, Jonathan Tilbrook & Britten’s Rape of Lucretia in the age of #MeToo
Laura Attridge and Jonathan Tilbrook discuss opera production and the challenges staging Benjamin Britten's problematic opera Rape of Lucretia in the #MeToo era. Trinity Laban's production of Rape of Lucretia is on 6, 7 and 8 July 2018 at Stratford Arts Circus, London. Tickets are £15\. More details here >> https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/whats-on/britten-the-rape-of-lucretia-2
June 26, 2018
10: Khachaturian Cello Competition 2018
Recorded at the Khachaturian Cello Competition in Yerevan, Armenia, Jon Jacob speaks to some of the finalists competing for the first prize about the competition experience, the challenges of playing some of the repertoire and their own hopes and aspirations for the future.
June 14, 2018
9: Opera Holland Park's Michael Volpe and Ruth Elleson
Opera Holland Park General Director Michael Volpe and opera-goer Ruth Elleson join Jon Jacob in a discussion about opera appreciation, inspiring the younger generation, ticket prices, and this year's OHP season. For more information about the 2018 season, visit http://www.operahollandpark.com/2018-season/. Watch Hip Hop to Opera on YouTube here >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coz6CUlXi38 And for the Inside Out character Michael refers to in the podcast, see here >> https://twitter.com/ImIncorrigible/status/1001756462794903552
May 29, 2018
8: Adam Gatehouse and Fran Wilson
The Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast invites three people who play, listen or otherwise work in classical music to sit and discuss the subject they love. They’re unplanned conversations recorded as live, very nearly unedited, and more often than not take unexpected twists and turns. Podcast 8 recorded in the Steinway Piano Showroom in London features a returning participant – the marvellous Fran Wilson from the Cross-Eyed Pianist blog - one of the two artistic directors of this years Leeds Piano Competition, and former Radio 3 New Generation Artists Editor, Adam Gatehouse.
May 15, 2018
7: Huw Wiggin and Geoff Parkin from the Royal Overseas League
Podcast seven was recorded in the Royal Overseas League off Arlington Street in Central London. It features Royal Overseas League Arts Director Geoff Parkin, and previous Royal Overseas League Gold Medal Final winner saxophonist Huw Wiggin. For a full list of the topics we discussed head over to the Thoroughly Good Blog.
May 03, 2018
6: Ariane Todes and Hugo Ticciati
Podcast six was recorded in the much-maligned hotel bar The Heights – and features music journalist Ariane Todes and I talking to violinist Hugo Ticciati. Hugo talks about his new album 'White Light – The Space Between', why he went without glasses for five years, the challenge of improvisation for classical music musicians, and rock balancing. For a full list of the topics we discussed head over to the Thoroughly Good Blog.
April 05, 2018
5: Damian Iorio and Alexander van Ingen
Episode 5 of the Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast features conductor Damian Irorio, currently the music director of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra, and Alexander van Ingen of the Academy of Ancient Music. The Academy of Ancient Music will be playing Bach’s St John Passion on Good Friday at 3pm at the Barbican.
March 15, 2018
4: Andrew James Johnson and Deborah Henry-Pollard
Recorded at Barbican, Jon Jacob is joined by pianist and composer Andrew James Johnson, and author, coach and art lover Debs Henry-Pollard for a conversation spanning piano lessons, Wagner and the CBSO. Andy's new album Winter's Heart is out now and available via Spotify. **Show Notes** Breakfast: bacon and spinach Introductions Andy’s CBSO work experience Orchestral manager job interview Marin Alsop’s womens conductors masterclass Audience members with conductors scores How does the music make you feel? Andy’s piano teacher The Tristan chord Budapest Opera Festival Comprehensive vs. Grammar School Andy’s new album: The Winter’s Heart Which composer would you want to have met? What one disc would you fight to keep? Cultural Recommendation: V&A Ocean Liner’s Exhibition Cultural Recommendation: Bluthner Piano Day, 29 March 2018 Andy’s first piano
March 02, 2018
3: Gediminas Gelgotas and Augusta Jusionytė from the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra
Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas and member of the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra Augusta Jusionytė break from recording at Real World Studios in Box near Bath, to talk about breakfasts, names and contemporary classical. Gediminas' piece for double bass and piano Sanctifaction is available via Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/album/1opMe2xOkwYkAEBpSwjBnD?si=6eu0H1O-TwW6huJkO9lX5g). Find out more at the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra website (http://www.nicomusic.eu/).
February 20, 2018
2: Cross-Eyed Pianist Fran Wilson and composer Thomas Hewitt Jones
The second in this new series of Thoroughly Good Podcasts features blogger Cross-Eyed Pianist (Fran Wilson) and composer Thomas Hewitt Jones, recorded in the Crypt Cafe in St John's Smith Square late last year. Many thanks to Richard Heason at St John's Smith Square for giving us a space in the crypt to record the podcast.
January 31, 2018
1: Pianists Christina McMaster and Tom Poster
The first episode of a new series of Thoroughly Good Podcasts featuring pianists [Christina McMaster](www.twitter.com/pianochristina) and [Tom Poster](www.twitter.com/postertom), recorded at Bluthner Piano Showroom in Central London. Subscribe via iTunes, or visit the [Thoroughly Good Blog](www.thoroughlygood.me).
January 12, 2018
3.12 Meeting Howard Shelley
Pianist and conductor Howard Shelley is conducting a series of lunchtime concerts featuring Mozart's early piano concertos at St Johns Smith Square in London. In this interview Shelley talks about his career, the challenges of playing Mozart and his experiences singing in the Proms performance of Britten's War Requiem in the early 60s.
October 22, 2016
3.11: The Problem With Other People
Audience behaviours in the concert hall and online can make the concert hall a hostile place. Three accounts help explain why Jon Jacob sometimes feels rather lonely in the classical music world.
September 02, 2016
3.10: Verbier Festival Academy
Christian Thompson is Director of the Verbier Festival Academy - a residential training programme for exceptional young musicians. In this podcast, recorded in Verbier in August 2016, Christian explains his vision for the Academy and its participants, and how the Academy is developing the next generation of soloists. The music featured in this podcast is the opening movement from Brahms' first piano quartet. #VF2016
August 02, 2016
3.9: Taking Ewan Spence to a BBC Proms concert
What happens when you take a rock music fan to his first classical music concert? Listen to @Ewan Spence's first experience of the BBC Proms.
July 27, 2016
3.8: Fearing Elgar's Cello Concerto
Why would anyone fear Elgar's Cello Concerto? It's lovely, after all. Well, maybe because of Jacqueline du Pre. Maybe she's the one to blame.
July 14, 2016
3.7: Seeing Wagner in Budapest
During a recent trip to Budapest, Jon Jacob gets to see two operas from Wagner's Ring as part of the annual MUPA Wagner in Budapest Opera Festival. This podcast features material recorded during his visit including an interview with Director Hartmut Schorghofer, plus excerpts from soprano Anna Russell's synopsis of Wagner's Ring recorded in 1953.
July 10, 2016
3.6: Peterloo and the EU Referendum
How Malcom Arnold’s Peterloo Overture helped one person deal with the shock of the UK’s EU Referendum result.
June 30, 2016
3.5 - Richard Heason, Christina McMaster, and Stephen Layton
This week sees the launch of the 2016/17 season of concerts at St John's Smith Square. To coincide with the launch, Jon Jacob speaks to SJSS Director Richard Heason, and pianist Christina McMaster and conductor Stephen Layton about their musical inspirations and work.
June 20, 2016
3.4: Labels, Anno and Anna Meredith
Composer Anna Meredith talks about mixing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with new electronic music in a new work, 'Anno', created by her and her sister Eleanor Meredith, and premiered at Spitalfields Music with the Scottish Ensemble earlier in June 2016.
June 16, 2016
3.3: Funding and Lazy Tropes: Interview with ABO Director Mark Pemberton
Association of British Orchestras Director Mark Pemberton discusses the challenges faces British orchestras, some of the misconceptions about them, and the way he'd encourage newcomers to the concert hall. This podcast includes excerpts from Percy Grainger's Green Bushes.
June 08, 2016
3.2: What good is a comfort zone anyway?
Rosenblatt Recital series founder Ian Rosenblatt explains how he was introduced to classical music, why he thinks there's snobbery in the classical music scene, and why his recital series is about entertainment not narcissism.
June 01, 2016
3.1: Intense Introductions
The first in a new series of Thoroughly Good Podcasts, dedicated to classical music. In this episode you'll hear what the series is about, and what it's not about. And you'll hear a story about how Jon Jacob was introduced to an entirely unexpected style of music.
June 01, 2016
Interview with Eurovision Creative Director Nicoline Refsing
Television is throwaway, but the demands we have of it are considerable. The people meeting those demands with towering achievements like those Nicoline was responsible for in 2014 are often overlooked by those of us staring at the TV screen. It's time for those people to step into the limelight.
May 20, 2016
Thoroughly Good Podcast 2.7: Bread & School
This week's podcast looks back on a weekend of baking at a cookery school in Devon,revisits some of my memories of school, including lonely lunch breaks in the practice rooms. All very light and frothy, I promise you.
February 18, 2016
Thoroughly Good Podcast 2.6: Age
Exploring the uncomfortable experience of the age gap. This podcast asks how we can maintain the isolation we strive with an increasing need to connect with the younger generation.
January 31, 2016
Thoroughly Good Podcast 2.5: Mindfulness, Swimming and Writing
Ruby Wax's Taming of the Mind provides the starting point for this podcast which over the course of its 25 minutes takes in the benefits of mindfulness and a fear of swimming in the deep-end and links it, miraculously, to writing.
January 24, 2016
Thoroughly Good Podcast 2.4: Change
Jon Jacob, a fully paid-up member of Generation Y discovers that one first questions to ask when working out what you want to do next, is to ask what you don't want to do next.
January 16, 2016
Thoroughly Good Podcast 2.3: Leningrad
Reflections on a screening of 'Leningrad and the Orchestra that defied Hitler' recorded in mid-December 2015.
January 07, 2016
Thoroughly Good Podcast 2.2: Where Did The Creative Headland Go?
A chance interaction with an old acquaintance prompts an unexpected question: where did Jon Jacob lose sight of the creative headland he was excited to discover ten years ago?
December 18, 2015
Thoroughly Good Podcast 2.1: An Unusual Recipient
It's Christmas 2015 and Jon Jacob's status as a middle-aged man is final confirmed.
December 10, 2015
Four Minutes in Bulgaria
Jon Jacob visits Bulgaria to find out whether Junior Eurovision is all precocious children and over-reaching parents. #JESC #Eurovision
November 21, 2015
January 06, 2015
Roger Wright talks about how the Proms has changed in 7 years
April 24, 2014
Roger Wright talks about leaving the BBC
April 24, 2014
Roger Wright talks about the risk of programming the 2011 Comedy Prom
This interview forms part of a blog post on the About the BBC Blog.
April 24, 2014
August 18, 2013
A quartet of @GenesisSixteen alumni demonstrate their considerable vocal talent
Genesis Sixteen is a choral training and development opportunity for 18-23 year olds directed by Harry Christophers and supported by the Genesis Foundation.
July 20, 2013
Bad hair dayboo
September 19, 2012
One very happy River City fan
September 18, 2012
London 2012 Fireworks
September 09, 2012
Inside the stadium for the first time
September 09, 2012
PO Ferry Audio
August 27, 2012
August 09, 2012
July 31, 2012
#TorchRelay in Lewisham
July 23, 2012
Simply the Peston
Corporate copywriter Matt Hurst and listener to BBC Radio 4's iPM has penned and performed a song dedicated to the BBC's business editor, Robert Peston.
July 21, 2012
What trees won't do
June 25, 2012
St Edmundsbury Cathedral organ
June 23, 2012
.@sarahkefi at #R1Academy
June 18, 2012
June 18, 2012
Showcase at #R1Academy
June 18, 2012
June 09, 2012
June 09, 2012
May 24, 2012
Baku from the 20th floor
May 22, 2012
May 21, 2012
Blackheath Rock Choir @hgweek
May 19, 2012
A lovely spot of jazz @hgweek
May 19, 2012
Engelbert's @thoroughlygood #eurovision notes
May 11, 2012
May 06, 2012
Oh dear god. We won the @catfordtavern quiz
May 01, 2012
Quiz night @catfordcavern
May 01, 2012
April 21, 2012
A @thoroughlygood #mel2012 #mel12 commentary
March 10, 2012
From the Stockholm Market
A few words about the Academy of St Martin in the Fields concert this afternoon in Stockholm.
March 10, 2012
London Underground busker at Euston soothes with his sax
March 07, 2012
February 22, 2012
February 21, 2012
The Paradise crowd sing I Julia at #thenightshift
February 07, 2012
In Tune \ BBC Radio 3 \ Friday 3 February 2012
Talking Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Night Shift Purcell and Pork Scratchings Tour
February 04, 2012
#thenightshift drinking songs from New Cross
February 02, 2012
#thenightshift finale - the New Cross crowd were fab! Next stop Kensal Rise on 7 Feb
February 01, 2012
January 14, 2012
All you need to know about life
January 08, 2012
Show 1 - Your indispensable guide to returning to work
January 02, 2012
The Whistlers Encore
December 13, 2011
Whistler Extraordinaire David Morris
December 13, 2011
More from the Whistling Maestro
December 13, 2011
How radio producers celebrate Christmas
David Morris, World Whistling Champion performs the Flight of the Bumblebee with a pair of wet lips, a microphone and a backing track.
December 13, 2011
A word about the band
December 11, 2011
Roy Wood with *that* ditty
December 11, 2011
Kim Wilde rockin' around the Christmas tree
December 11, 2011
Lewisham Choral Society conductor Dan Ludford-Thomas talks about rehearsal technique and Benjamin Britten's Saint Nicolas
December 04, 2011