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Jon Jacob talks to artists, writers, and audience members about classical music and the concert-going experience.

Jon Jacob talks to artists, writers, and audience members about classical music and the concert-going experience.


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Jon Jacob talks to artists, writers, and audience members about classical music and the concert-going experience.




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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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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)


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


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 -


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.!product_page#


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.