Category Archives: Interviews

Glyndebourne Deputy Head of Development Helen McCarthy tells us “What Did It For Me.”

Helen has been involved in opera all her professional life – as Stage Manager with various opera companies, including large and small scale touring, before settling at Glyndebourne as Senior Stage Manager. From there she became the Tour Administrator for … Continue reading

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Gunther Schuller interview video on New Music Box from 2009

For anyone interested in further info on Gunther Schuller (who died yesterday at 89), his Third Stream music, or just the nature of music in general, there is a wonderful video and interview here on New Music Box. It includes … Continue reading

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Oboist Emily Pailthorpe – “The oboe is not for the faint-of-heart!”

  Oboist Emily Pailthorpe was described as ‘the Jacqueline du Pré of the oboe’ by adjudicators of the Fernand Gillet International Oboe Competition. At 17 Emily was the youngest artist ever to win it. Paul Austin Kelly interviews. What do … Continue reading

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Glyndebourne’s David Pickard and the September Classical Round-Up

“Opera isn’t the elitist, intellectual experience that is sometimes portrayed. I fell in love with opera when I was in my teens because I was bowled over by the energy, power and passion of it. I want other people to discover … Continue reading

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What Did it for Me! – Chapter 6, Tim Freeman

Tim Freeman was front man for the wonderfully weird and melodic 80s pop band, Frazier Chorus. At a time when most other bands were brash and heavily synthesized, Tim delivered songs with hushed, almost whispered vocals backed by a band … Continue reading

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What Did it for Me! – Chapter 5, Helen Glavin

from Helen’s website: Helen has been commissioned to compose music for over 25 plays, choral ensembles,TV and dance.  She composed the music for the highly acclaimed opera adaptation of The Secret Garden, the classic story by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which … Continue reading

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What Did It For Me – Chapter 4, by Charles Kerry

What Charles Kerry says about himself: “Charles Kerry was the bass soloist with the Alexeyev Balalaika Ensemble, then for many years a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus, singing several roles on tour.” What Charles Kerry says about music: I had … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: Matthew Rose on creating a chamber music festival

Brighton-born bass Matthew Rose has sung leading operatic roles and concerts all over the world. But even with his busy schedule he finds time for labours of love––creating a chamber music festival in Alfriston, for instance. Your new chamber music … Continue reading

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What Did It For Me! – Chapter 3, conductor Lee Reynolds

I can still picture, as clear as day, the moment I caught the classical music bug, and it was from particular recording of Tchaikovsky. I was the first time I had ever been unable to make myself stop listening to … Continue reading

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Interview with Beatrice Philips, founder of the first annual Lewes Chamber Music Festival

Lewes-born Beatrice Philips graduated from Kings College London in 2007 with a first class honours degree in Music.  She is the leader of the excellent Kantanti Ensemble and founder of the Lewes Chamber Music Festival. So, why do you feel … Continue reading

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