In today’s introduction to world premieres at the BBC Proms, I’m with Dobrinka Tabakova. She’s introducing her new orchestral work Timber and Steel, which is premiered by Bramwell Tovey and the BBC Concert Orchestra on Saturday 31st August at 7.30pm, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and available afterwards on BBC Sounds.Read More #14: An Introduction with Dobrinka Tabakova
In this introduction to world premieres at the BBC Proms, I’m hearing from Jonathan Dove. His new choral work We Are One Fire is premiered on Monday 19 August by the BBC Symphony Chorus, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available afterwards on BBC Sounds.Read More #13: An Introduction with Jonathan Dove
The second in our Proms Introductions is with Errollyn Wallen. Her piece This Frame is Part of the Painting is performed by Elim Chan, Catriona Morison, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on Thursday 15th August, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available afterwards on BBC Sounds.Read More #12: An Introduction with Errollyn Wallen
The BBC Proms season has started! There’s a host of world premieres in the programme, so we’re running a series of very short introductions to some of the new pieces in this season. Our first introduction is to ‘Midnight Sun Variations’ by Finnish composer Outi Tarkiainen. The piece will be performed by John Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic in Prom 22 on Sunday 4th August, alongside Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11. You can also hear our presenter, Leah, speaking in the interval for this concert!Read More #11: An Introduction with Outi Tarkiainen
In this episode I’m talking to Gabriella Di Laccio, founder and curator of the DONNE: Women in Music project. We discuss her career as a soprano, and how she came to set up a project championing music by women and supporting gender equality on concert programmes.Read More #10: An Interview with Gabriella Di Laccio
The BBC Proms will be performing Lamia by Dorothy Howell this year, 100 years after Henry Wood gave the piece its world premiere at the Proms. In this podcast we explore Howell’s life, Lamia’s reception, and a little bit of Proms history (with a brief cameo by Julie Andrews).Read More #9: Short(ish) Notes on Dorothy Howell & Lamia
In this episode I’m with Samantha Ege, pianist and scholar. We’re discussing her research on the composer Florence Price, and writing the histories of women composers.
All the music on this podcast is performed by Samantha Ege, from her album Four Women. The pieces included are Vítězslava Kaprálová Sonata Appassionata (1st movement), Florence Price Piano Sonata in E Minor (1st movement), and Margaret Bonds Troubled Water. The album is available to buy from Wave Theory Records.Read More #8: An Interview with Samantha Ege
We’re reviewing the opera Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel by Iain Bell (composer) and Emma Jenkins (librettist). The opera sets out to tell the stories of the five women murdered by Jack the Ripper, in a bid to get away from what Jenkins describes as ‘patriarchal’ opera narratives told ‘from a male perspective’. We’re looking at how successful we think the opera was at managing this, and the problems and possibilities of writing ‘feminist’ opera.Read More #7: Short(ish) notes on Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel
In this episode I’m with Professor Alexandra Wilson from Oxford Brookes University. We’re talking about her new book Opera in the Jazz Age, exploring opera’s “elitism” label and how opera’s depicted in film.
Alexandra Wilson is Professor of Music and Cultural History at Oxford Brookes University and the current recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. She is the author of three books: The Puccini Problem: Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Opera: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld, 2010), and Opera in the Jazz Age: Cultural Politics in 1920s Britain (Oxford University Press, 2019).
Professor Wilson has a high profile as a public musicologist. She has presented numerous broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 (including Opera on 3, Building a Library and Proms concerts), and was recently called ‘a real ambassador for opera’ on Radio 4’s PM programme. She regularly writes programme essays, gives talks, and/or contributes to podcasts for opera companies including the Royal Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, ENO, Wexford Festival Opera and English Touring Opera. She has written for Opera magazine and BBC Music Magazine.Read More #6: An Interview with Alexandra Wilson