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“In The Cooler” 22nd February 2019. The Show!!

Hello!! If you missed the show this evening (Friday), you can catch the repeat on Sunday morning from 8-10am…or, if you can’t wait..use the Listen Again feature..

We enjoyed talking with Paul Mayhew-Archer (co-writer Vicar of Dibley), and currently touring with “Incurable Optimist”, courtesy, as he says..”of Parkinson’s!”

Paul Mayhew-Archer

Read about the tour HERE

Harry Charnley encourages us to get to the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham to enjoy “Fly Eddie Fly”..a musical about and starring as himself in the title role, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, Cheltenham’s own Olympian.

Fly Eddie Fly

Maggie Cole called in to invite us to the Evesham and District Music Society’s concert featuring the Trio Goya…..

Trio Goya

Maggie Cole – Fortepiano. Kati Debretzeni – Violin. Sebastian Comberti – Cello

On the night we didn’t get time to listen to the Richard Jobson  interview..On Saturday 23rd , SKIDS are at the  Guildhall , Gloucester.(See their other dates HERE)

Listen to our interview……

And Evelyn Laurie explains how she got into music and a singing career..

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Listen to the conversation we had…..

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NCCR “In The Cooler” Friday 22nd February 2019

Hello!! Hope you can find time to listen in on Friday 22nd February for a full programme of interviews and music!

Scheduled guests include:

Richard Jobson of Skids, who play in Gloucester on the 23rd February!! Evelyn Laurie , a Paisley songstress…Harry Charnley from Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, telling us about their upcoming programme..including “Fly Eddie Fly”,Classical Guitarist Craig Ogden (who collaborated with Commander-in-Chief!) and special guest Paul Mayhew-Archer who will have some anecdotes from his script writing days (Vicar of Dibley) and his current tour where he takes on Parkinson’s..the “Incurable Optimist”……and as much music as we can play!!

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Richard Jobson,Evelyn Laurie,Fly Eddie Fly,Craig Ogden

and Paul Mayhew-Archer.

Paul Mayhew-Archer

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Be sure to Listen IN!! LIVE!! Friday 22nd February 2019 7-9pm, repeated Sunday 8-10 am.

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“In The Cooler” Friday 15th February 2019

On Friday evening’s programme, we are in for a delicious treat!

First off, we shall be chatting with Ken Norman, who describes himself as the Head Shepherd of Flock Comedy.

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Flock Comedy? Ken will fill in the details, but here’s a clue….

You’ve heard of a “pop-up” restaurant, well we’re a “pop-up”comedy club. We bring the lights, sound, stage and entertainment to your venue, whether that’s a village hall, a marquee, the back room of a club or even a conference hall.

We help good causes raise dosh through the medium of laughter. We run comedy tents at beer festivals and music festivals and we provide comedians for corporate events too. (From Flock Comedy website)

Paganini Caprice 24..with Commander -in-Chief and Craig Ogden

In the studio Berit Hagen (aka Commander-in-Chief) will  be telling us about her career..and there’s a lot to share!! And playing!!

In 2015 and 2017 she was an expert judge and vocal coach on Norway’s biggest Saturday night TV show “Battle of the Stars. “ with almost a million viewers.

And this is a review of her latest album:

“This album just has to be heard – by everyone! It is a masterpiece of an album. She is a talent of a generation!A once in a lifetime musician!” (Rick Palin, Skyfire Records/Firebrand Radio)

Berit Hagen aka Commander-in-Chief

 

So, be sure to listen in Friday 7-9pm “In the Cooler” www.nccr.co.uk

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“Cooler Classics” Monday 11th February 2019 (Rpt Sunday 17th February 2019 7-8am.)

This week’s “Cooler Classics ”  concludes the “Entartete Music” (or “Degenerate Music, according to the Nazis) that came out of the Holocaust. Kenneth Woods, principal conductor with the English Symphony Orchestra, continues with his selection and observations..and includes music by Hans Gal, Ernst Krenek and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

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Hans Gal, Ernst Krenek,Erich Wolfgang Korngold & Kenneth Woods.

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Monday 11pm – Midnight.     www.nccr.co.uk

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Cooler Classics Monday 4th February 2019

Tonight, the first of two programmes on Holocaust related Music..or Entartete (or “Degenerate”) Music” as it was termed (by the Nazis..)

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Kenneth Woods moderates and explains the reasons and thinking behind his special selection, including pieces by Viktor Ullmann, Hans Krasa, Gideon Klein, and Hans Gal…

         

Viktor Ullmann,Hans Krasa,Gideon Klein and Hans Gál.(Copyrights acknowledged)

 

New Releases from Nimbus Records.

Richard Blackford: Seven Hokusai Miniatures, Five Naidu Songs & Dragon SongsJohannes Brahms: Cello SonatasPomegranate

 The Art of Singing: A Tribute to David Björling Vol.3 Smetana, Dvorak & Janacek: Works for String Quartet Sir Malcolm Sargent conducts Berlioz The Damnation of Faust

http://www.wyastone.co.uk/new_releases/

 

 

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NCCR “In The Cooler”…Friday 8th February 2019 Rpt Sunday 10th 8-10 am

Listen to the repeat of Friday’s “In The Cooler”…

  1. Phil Capaldi tells us all about the NewGrass Cutters, who will be at Evesham Arts Centre soon!(16th February 2019)
  2. Michael Omer explains the “Music in Stow” Festival
  3. Dave Wade updates us on Winchcombe Live, especially the Blues Weekend , scheduled for April..
  4. Sybil Ruscoe recounts her varied journalistic and broadcasting career, to date! (formerly with Radio 1 !)

…and whatever else comes to hand before Friday!!

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With Michael Omer, Sybil Ruscoe and Phil Capaldi..

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The NewGrass Cutters.(Copyrights acknowledged)

 

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English Symphony Orchestra Bring Music of Wagner’s Epic Ring Cycle to the Swan Theatre,Worcester.(ESO)

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Matthew Sharp, Stacey Rishoi, Brennen Guillory & Kenneth Woods.(Copyrights acknowledged)

Worcestershire audiences will have a rare chance to hear some of the grandest music ever written, sung by some of the most powerful singers in the world, on the 16th of February, when the English Symphony Orchestra, hailed as the International Orchestra of Elgar Country, perform Act One of Richard Wagner’s opera The Valkyrie (Die Walküre) in Worcester’s Swan Theatre under the baton of Kenneth Woods.

Considered by many to be the most perfect act in all of opera, Act One of The Valkyrie opens the second part of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, and tells the story of the arrival of a mysterious stranger in a house haunted by tragedy and violence. “It has everything in it – redemption, love, hope, fear, loss, reunion and conflict,” says Kenneth Woods, the ESO’s Artistic Director since 2015.

Wagner was a composer known for composing epic works requiring enormous musical and technical resources, and his complete Ring Cycle, originally intended to be played over four nights, contains well over sixteen hours of music, and were written for an orchestra of over 100 musicians. In its complete form, The Valkyrie is an opera of nearly four hours duration which forms Part Two of the Ring Cycle.

“There is an inherent contradiction in Wagner’s music between the enormity of its scale and the intimacy of its content,” says Woods. “Act One of The Valkyrie, which is often done by itself, has only three characters, and it all takes place in one room of a house. We thought it would be very powerful to emphasise the intensely personal quality of this drama by bringing it into a smaller theatre where the audience can get much closer to the singers. In most opera theatres, there is a huge orchestra pit between the characters and the audience. Here, the connection is as close as we can make it, with the singers standing in front of the orchestra. Even for an avid opera-goer, this may be the closest one ever gets to sit to a great Wagnerian singer in full flight.”

The ESO have brought together an international cast for this performance. American mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi was winner of the 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Norman Treigle Award from New York City Opera. Among her many successes are Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Pittsburgh and Virginia symphony orchestras; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Virginia and National symphony orchestras, and her engagement by Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic for the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Four Seasons. Ms. Rishoi sings the role of Sieglinde. “Sieglinde’s story is one of self-discovery and renewal,” says Rishoi. “The opera begins with her trapped in a loveless and abusive marriage, and by the end of Act One, the choices she’s made and the actions she’s taken have not only changed her life, they have set in motion the end of the gods themselves.”

Tenor Brennen Guillory sings Siegmund, the mysterious stranger who arrives unannounced in the midst of a terrible storm. Guillory made his UK debut with the Orchestra of the Swan singing Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in a performance recorded for SOMM Recordings which has drawn worldwide praise, and he has previously sung Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the ESO in 2014. “Wagner envisioned a new kind of singer to portray the epoch-shaking heroes his music dramas depict,” notes Kenneth Woods. “He wanted his principal tenors to have a power and depth to their voice that was previously unknown in music, hence he described this ideal voice type as a “heroic tenor” (“Heldentenor”). Even 150 years later, real Heldentenors are rarer than an honest used car salesman. There have been times when even the greatest opera houses in the world couldn’t find a true Heldentenor, but Brennen is the real thing, one of only a handful in the world these days.”

Rounding out the international cast is ESO Associate Artist, Matthew Sharp, who sings the role of Sieglinde’s cruel husband, the hunter Hunding. “Hunding is not a sympathetic person at all,” says Sharp. “His relationship with his wife is depicted as being very deeply abusive and manipulative, but he sees himself as an honourable man living by a clear moral code. In the end, Hunding’s respect for the law, rather than his brutality, becomes Siegmund’s undoing.” Sharp is one of the UK’s most versatile musicians, equally acclaimed as a bass-baritone and cello soloist. His recording of music for solo cello and orchestra by Hans Gál with the ESO was a “Disc of the Week” in both The Times and the Guardian and was recently named a “Recording of the Year” by MusicWeb International.

For this concert, the ESO will be using the acclaimed version of Wagner’s score for chamber orchestra by Francis Griffin. “Wagner wrote for a huge orchestra of over a hundred musicians, where Griffith’s version uses about thirty,” explains Woods. “Of course, using smaller forces changes the sound of the orchestra, but while one loses some depth and grandeur, there is possibly more directness and intensity from the orchestra, and more of the vocal colour and nuance of the singers comes through. And the contribution of every player in the orchestra really, really counts.”

The first half of the concert sees Wagner in gentler spirits as the ESO musicians play his popular “Siegfried Idyll.” The work was written as a birthday present for his wife, and premiered in a surprise performance at sunrise in their house on her birthday. The work takes its title from the name of their newborn son, Siegfried, himself named after another character in the Ring Cycle: Siegfried, son of Siegmund and Sieglinde.

The ESO is the official orchestra of the City of Worcester and the Orchestra in Residence of The Elgar Festival, and resident orchestra of Worcester Live. This concert is generously supported by Arts Council England and the Bransford Trust.