Cooler Classics, English Symphony Orchestra, Interviews, Music, NCCR

Cooler Classics.(Sunday 22ndNovember 2020. 11pm-1am, various Repeats, Listen Again & on Mixcloud)

Kenneth Woods (ESO) and Hugh Bonneville tell us about the ESO Production of “The Ugly Duckling”, being screened on the ESO Diguital Portal on Friday 27th November 2020 at 6pm

Hugh Bonneville (Copyright Acknowledged)
Kenneth Woods

Martin Anderson(Toccata Classics) updates the “Music For My Love” Project..

Music For My Love is exactly what it says it is: an extraordinary project to record 100+ pieces of new music for string orchestra written to celebrate a young woman’s life brought to an early end by illness.
Music For My Love aims to wrest some good from the teeth of despair and benefit some important charities… Read More

John Sanderson, principal,Chipping Campden School enthuses over the Performing Arts Centre.

Campden Performing Arts Campaign
John Sanderson,principal,Chipping Campden School.
Performing Arts Centre,Chipping Campden School.

For more information on how to support this outstanding project…..go to

With music from: Andre Rieu,Danny Kaye, Steve Elcock,Niklas Sivelov, Huddersfield Choral Society, Julian Carrillo, Berit Hagen (Commander-in-Chief) and Craig Ogden.

So, tune in for the first broadcast Sunday 11pm-1am…

Cooler Classics, English Symphony Orchestra, Interviews, Music, NCCR

“Cooler Classics” Sunday 13th September 2020. (Rpeats: Various)

On this week’s edition of “Cooler Classics”

Roderick Elms tells us about the British Light Music tradition, and his own career to date..

Kenneth Woods enthuses about the ESO Digital portal and the first virtual concert on Friday 18th September 2020 at 7.30pm, featuring soprano April Frederick.

Katalin Kertesz  & Lucy Hewson(Ensemble Burletta) tell us about the Chamber Music for Clarinet by Hans Gal.. and we learn what “Burletta” means too!!

With appropriate music, including some Elgar, Handel, Walton, Richard Strauss..and Laurie Johnson(!!)

So tune in … at 11pm Sunday, repeats various through the week. Available to download on “Listen Again”… and on Mixcloud too!

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“Cooler Classics” Sunday 30th August 2020. (Rpeats: Various)

On this week’s edition!!

  • Copland(Fanfare for The Common Man.(Slovak RSO)
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata “Moonlight” 1. Jeno Jando
  • Kuula: Festive March
  • Operatic.  Bize:t.Toreador Song
  •                    Puccini: O Mio Babbino Caro(Slovak RSO)

Hans Gal: Concertino for Cello & String Orchestra(Matthew Sharp & ESO)(complete)

  • Jamie Lonsdale: Set Yourself Free (Orchestral version)
  • Frohlich F T: String Quartet in G Minor (Scherzo(2) & Finale (4)

Philip Sawyers: Violin Concerto(complete)Alexander Sitkovesky

  • Aida(Triumphal March)
  • Anvil Chorus.
  • Mozart: Serenade 13. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik(Rondo)

So, tune in!! 11pm, Sunday 30th August 2020!!


With thanks to Naxos Records, and Kenneth Woods(ESO)

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“Cooler Classics” Sunday 16th August 2020 11pm-1am(rpts Various)Available on Listen Again.(

On this week’s “Cooler Classics”…….

  • April Fredrick..soprano, telling us about her career to date..
  • Kenneth Woods (and beard!), principal conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra with an announcement or two..
  • Anna Joubert reflects on the life and music of her late father, composer John Joubert.

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(L-to-R) April Fredrick – Kenneth Woods – Anna Joubert

And the link between these three??

Joubert:Jane Eyre [April Fredrick; David Stout; Mark Milhofer; Gwion Thomas; English Sympony Orchestra ] [Somm: SOMMCD 263-2]

So, expect the playlist to include tracks from Jane Eyre, plus a couple of  Copland’s Poems of Emily Dickinson, some Water Music, and a splash of “Summertime”

So, do tune in!!

Cooler Classics, In The Cooler, Music, NCCR

NCCR “In The Cooler” Friday 19th June 2020(rpts Sunday Noon till 2pm) AND “Cooler Classics” Sunday 21st June 11pm-1am(rpts Mon & Tuesday 12am;Thursday 10pm & Friday 11pm…) Both available on Listen Again.(

On this week’s “In The Cooler”:

  • Kevan Blackadder(Cheltenham BID says:”Cheltenham is Open!”
  • Leslie Sheldon speaks about the unique online Cheltenham International Film Festival.
  • Paul D Curran reads a poem from his latest Lockdown Verses collection “Would Work”
  • Sean Dudden Updates the Life Without Plastic Campaign
  • And Scott Ottoway reflects on his decade as drummer with recently retired international  group “The Searchers.”

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Kevan Blackadder,Leslie Sheldon.

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Paul D Curran, Sean Dudden(centre!)

Scott Ottoway Interview 15-06-2020 (2)

Scott Ottoway  and PSL on Zoom!!


With new music from Rozalla, Matt Stell, Binky Womack.. and Chris Gardner.. and our tribute to the NHS…Lost(from David Courtney) We All Shine Together(Julie July, Isolation(Stratford Street Arts Project_and You Are Not Alone(Young Minds Matter)

And Cooler Classics (on Sunday at 11pm.. and several repeats during the week!)....

  • The main feature will be Philip Sawyer’s Hommage To Kandinsky (BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor Kenneth Woods)
  • And Kenneth Woods speaking about an ESO initiative!!

Don’t miss it!!

These are challenging times for us all, and hopefully you are all observing all the appropriate recommendations that have been issued to get us through this situation.

As a help during this pandemic ,Chipping Campden Support Hub is available..

If you have not already done so please note our new contact details:
E: T: 01386 291005
We are updating the new website regularly, so do please look there for up-to-date information.
Looking out for neighbours & friends
We’ve all been asked by Gloucestershire Police to proactively look out for vulnerable neighbours and friends. Can everyone be aware of others who they think might be vulnerable.

In the meantime, do enjoy NCCR… YOUR local community radio station, from Chipping Campden, in the heart of the Cotswolds.


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