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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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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.


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 >>


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.


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


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


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 ( .


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 FACEBOOK


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.


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.


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


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 >>


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.


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


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


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.


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.