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Episode 16: Bringing opera to a community near you.

Episode 16: Bringing opera to a community near you.

November 22, 2020

"Doing what you can, not what you can't." Rocket Opera Co-Founder, Austin Gunn, and Scholar, Lizzie Nicholson, talk about online opera karaoke and how bringing opera into communities can revitalise both those communities and the art form itself

Episode 15B - Let’s talk remedies!

Episode 15B - Let’s talk remedies!

November 15, 2020

In this two part episode, soprano, Julia Kogan, raises a number of thorny issues: Is there a true meritocracy for artists? The challenge of programming new music, and how the current experience of the concert hall or the opera house can intimidate new audiences.

In the second part “Let’s talk remedies” Julia and Katie go on to look at these vexed questions and discuss some solutions that would improve the classical music experience for performers and audiences alike.

Episode 15A - Classical music: the dark side!

Episode 15A - Classical music: the dark side!

November 15, 2020

In this two part episode, soprano, Julia Kogan, raises a number of thorny issues: Is there a true meritocracy for artists? The challenge of programming new music, and how the current experience of the concert hall or the opera house can intimidate new audiences.

In the second part “Let’s talk remedies” Julia and Katie go on to look at these vexed questions and discuss some solutions that would improve the classical music experience for performers and audiences alike.

Episode 14: Stepping into your arts career.

Episode 14: Stepping into your arts career.

November 11, 2020

Anna Kent and Rebecca Milford speak about their experiences leaving university and the conservatoire, and entering the professional world of the classical music industry.

Episode 13: Sexism and sexual harassment in the music industry

Episode 13: Sexism and sexual harassment in the music industry

November 8, 2020

A recent MU survey revealed that 48% of musicians have been sexually harassed at work. Naomi Pohl, Deputy General Secretary of the Musicians'  Union, talks to Katie about the problems of discrimination and harassment musicians can face and how the Union has created their online Safe Space facility to help victims report incidents in confidence and receive the support they need.

Anyone who believes they have been the victim of inappropriate sexual or discriminatory conduct can contact Safe Space via the Musicians' Union website: https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/safespace or by emailing safespace@theMU.org

Episode 12: Redefining the concert space

Episode 12: Redefining the concert space

November 4, 2020

Hannah Fiddy, co-founder of Alternative Classical, talks about her work producing concerts in non-traditional settings and how the future requires a radical rethink of the conventions of the classical music performance.

Episode 11: Why music competitions don’t work and how to fix them

Episode 11: Why music competitions don’t work and how to fix them

November 1, 2020

"We started with the dream but now we are paving the future." Anna Ouspenskaya describes how she and three other musicians launched Virtual Concert Halls, an online platform for performance opportunities and engagement with their students in Washington DC, and how that vision has created Sound Espressivo, the first major international online competition for musicians around the world.

Episode 10: why we need to start singing again.

Episode 10: why we need to start singing again.

October 28, 2020

Tom Appleton of the Come and Sing Company talks about the challenges of running an arts business under Covid, the value of singing, how schools need to understand that it's not only safe, but essential for children's wellbeing, and what it was like performing "A Kind of Magic Flute" with 700  children in the Albert Hall.

Episode 9: Insights from an insider - Michael Poll on programming in the arts and rhetoric in music

Episode 9: Insights from an insider - Michael Poll on programming in the arts and rhetoric in music

October 25, 2020

Guitarist, conductor and artistic programmer Michael Poll sheds light on the music promoter’s perspective. He and Katie also look at the importance of record labels and his commitment to interpreting Bach for 7-string guitar.

Episode 8: When can you call yourself a composer?

Episode 8: When can you call yourself a composer?

October 22, 2020

Pianist, composer and audio-visual artist Nina Danon talks about finding supportive spaces as a female composer and performer, and developing her creative practice as a woman and a parent.

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