Allison Cook

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I work on all kinds of great projects, some of which I’m invited to join and some which I have developed myself with colleagues. However, because all the preliminary work goes on behind the scenes you won’t always get to hear about this process. So, armed with my trusty iPhone, I’ve taken to capturing conversations with friends and colleagues about all sorts of interesting projects, to share with you, the interested listener.

This week I talk to mezzo-soprano Allison Cook, who recently appeared in the Royal Opera’s new production of From The House Of The Dead and who will soon return to London for a more significant role.

Lucy Stevens on Ethel Smyth and Grasp The Nettle

clare mccaldin podcast

I work on all kinds of great projects, some of which I’m invited to join and some which I have developed myself with colleagues. However, because all the preliminary work goes on behind the scenes you won’t always get to hear about this process. So, armed with my trusty iPhone, I’ve taken to capturing conversations with friends and colleagues about all sorts of interesting projects, to share with you, the interested listener.

In this episode I talk to contralto Lucy Stevens about her current one-woman show Grasp The Nettle, narrating the life and work of early 20th century composer and womens rights pioneer Ethel Smyth. We also took a moment to compare notes on what’s involved in putting together a small show and trying to take it on tour.

Daniel Goode

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I work on all kinds of great projects, some of which I’m invited to join and some which I have developed myself with colleagues. However, because all the preliminary work goes on behind the scenes you won’t always get to hear about this process. So, armed with my trusty iPhone, I’ve taken to capturing conversations with friends and colleagues about all sorts of interesting projects, to share with you, the interested listener.

This week I talk to the actor Daniel Goode. Dan is appearing in a touring production of Great Expectations, so I had a chance to catch up with him ahead of an appearance at Richmond Theatre. We discuss singing and acting, and why these two disciplines overlap for him; we also talk about his other interests and the work he does as an advocate for creative individuals in the craft industry with his company Making Goode.

Kerry Andrew

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I work on all kinds of great projects, some of which I’m invited to join and some which I have developed myself with colleagues. However, because all the preliminary work goes on behind the scenes you won’t always get to hear about this process. So, armed with my trusty iPhone, I’ve taken to capturing conversations with friends and colleagues about all sorts of interesting projects, to share with you, the interested listener.

In this episode I talk to Kerry Andrew, a composer, performer, broadcaster, writer and cartoon character (!) about her many creative outlets and influences. We recorded this interview in a lively South London café, so the sound can get a bit cluttered sometimes; we’ve tried to clean it up a bit so you can hear everything that Kerry has to say!

Natalie Raybould on Pierrot Lunaire

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I work on all kinds of great projects, some of which I’m invited to join and some which I have developed myself with colleagues. However, because all the preliminary work goes on behind the scenes you won’t always get to hear about this process. So, armed with my trusty iPhone, I’ve taken to capturing conversations with friends and colleagues about all sorts of interesting projects, to share with you, the interested listener.

In this podcast I talk to soprano Natalie Raybould, who is preparing to perform Arnold Schönberg’s celebrated Pierrot Lunaire, a 20th century masterpiece she has tackled more than thirty times. Bunkered in a busy South London café during snowfall, Natalie and I discuss Pierrot, Sprechstimme, and her other current work .

The Ubiquitous Woman begins

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I work on all kinds of great projects, some of which I’m invited to join and some which I have developed myself with colleagues. However, because all the preliminary work goes on behind the scenes you won’t always get to hear about this process. So, armed with my trusty iPhone, I’ve taken to capturing conversations with friends and colleagues about all sorts of interesting projects, to share with you, the interested listener.

In this podcast I talk to writer/director Di Sherlock and composer Martin Ward, with whom I am currently working on  a brand new chamber opera called The Ubiquitous Woman. It’s at an early stage at the moment and there will be further podcasts documenting the development of the piece.

Libby Burgess’s New Paths

clare mccaldin podcastIn my line of work I bump into all kinds of interesting people with great stories to tell. However, because they work behind the scenes you won’t always get to hear them. I asked them if they’d like to talk to me (and my iPhone!) about what they do, so that I could share it with you here.

In this podcast I talk (in a rather noisy cafe) to pianist Libby Burgess about New Paths, the festival of chamber music and song that she and Roland Deller have established in Beverley, Yorkshire. It’s no mean feat setting up a festival from scratch, even if you do have a few local connections, and we talk about what makes for success, ideas for programming and the thrill of finding your concert is sold-out.

Ivor and Peggy

clare mccaldin podcastIn my line of work I bump into all kinds of interesting people with great stories to tell. However, because they work behind the scenes you won’t always get to hear them. I asked them if they’d like to talk to me (and my iPhone!) about what they do, so that I could share it with you here.

This is my second chat with Rosy Sanders in which we talk about the performing careers of her parents, Ivor Ingham – baritone in the Sadlers Wells Opera Company, communist and founder Equity committee member – and Peggy Law, variety artist and Tiller Girl.

The careers of Rosy Sanders

clare mccaldin podcastIn my line of work I bump into all kinds of interesting people with great stories to tell. However, because they work behind the scenes you won’t always get to hear them. I asked them if they’d like to talk to me (and my iPhone!) about what they do, so that I could share it with you here.

This is the first of two chats with Rosy Sanders. Her story of pursuing her childhood dream of being a dancer is not only entertaining, but illustrates the way in which many performers have to acquire all kinds of other skills to protect their principal passion. Now in her 70s, Rosy is as busy as ever, combining teaching, acting, modelling and dancing.

Stephen McNeff II

clare mccaldin podcastIn my line of work I bump into all kinds of interesting people with great stories to tell. However, because they work behind the scenes you won’t always get to hear them. I asked them if they’d like to talk to me (and my iPhone!) about what they do, so that I could share it with you here.

This is the second of two chats with composer Stephen McNeff. We dig deeper into the art of writing for voice, setting text to music and the nature of collaboration. We also talk about his latest opera, Banished, being premiered this summer at Trinity Laban.