In The Cooler, Interviews, Music, NCCR

“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

English Symphony Orchestra, Interviews, Music, NCCR

“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

Cooler Classics, Music, NCCR

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/

 

 

Cooler Classics, English Symphony Orchestra, Events and Shows, In The Cooler, Music

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.

 

 

Events and Shows, In The Cooler, Interviews, Literature, Music, NCCR

“In The Cooler” Friday 1st February 2019

In this week’s show…....  7-9 pm http://www.nccr.co.uk

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A chat with a member of 70s group Lindisfarne..Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell are back on the road with The Lindisfarne Story in 2019. ..and coming to Cheltenham on Sunday 24th March 2019 at the Cheltenham Town Hall Pillar Room.

Steve Burrows talks with us about the book “Secret Worcestershire”..and there’s a book signing at Broadway Tower on Saturday 2nd February 2019… an arresting experience..!!

Jessica May tell us about the Youth outreach programme, the forthcoming summer season at Longborough Festival Opera and the  FREE TASTER DAY – OPEN TO ALL Saturday 9 February 2019  St David’s Centre, Church Street, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0LT.  11am – 4pm. Group work in the morning, followed by individual short performance slots in the afternoon.

..and Vicky Bennett outlines the programme for the forthcoming Chipping Campden Literature Festival (7-11 May 2019..booking open from 1st February 2019!..

and appropriate music!!

 

In The Cooler, Interviews, Music

NCCR “In the Cooler” Friday 18th January 2019

In this week’s edition of “In the Cooler”… former bass player with Dire Straits, John Illsley talks about his 4o years with Dire Straits and his latest tour…and more..

Another chance to hear the interview with debut novelist Richard Vaughan Davies “In the Shadow of Hitler”…..and the distinct possibility that we shall be talking trains…..

 

. 2019 UK Tour Dates Announced - A Q&A of Music and Memories

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In The Cooler, Interviews, Music, NCCR

NCCR “In The Cooler” Friday 11th January 2019

In this week’s edition (repeated Sunday 8-10 am)… Tina Lee will tell us all about the Rat Pack Tribute show at Bretforton on 26th January 2019..in support of the British Heart Foundation

Debut novelist Richard Vaughan Davies explains his book “In The Shadow of Hitler”.. with a local link..

Greta Barnes reminisces about her time as a trainee nurse in 1959-62 , when nurses “Perched Like Doves”….

and their musical choices, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin,Sammy Davis Jr, Ketty Lester, Joan Sutherland, music from “Hairspray”, La Boheme, Mozart’s Horn Concerto, and The Beatles!

And, time allowing, we’ll open the 2018 Interview Archive!!

Join us tonight on NCCR  www.northcotswoldonline.com   7-9pm(repeated Sunday 8-10 am)

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