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 some of these conversations to share with interested listeners.

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.

Liz Smith, film-maker

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 episode I visit the studio of film-maker Liz Smith, whose company entertaining: TV documented the making of the O Antiphons. We talk about working on that project, how Liz got into film-making and what attracts her about telling stories. And she has some useful advice for budding film-makers.

Stephen McNeff on writing Vivienne

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 episode I visit the studio of composer Stephen McNeff. As well as discussing his writing for voice in general, we also talk about Vivienne, a song-cycle he wrote for me and Libby Burgess in 2013 and which is out soon on CD from Champs Hill Records.

 

Sandy Burnett, Musician, Broadcaster, Author

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.

Having completed a mini-series with characters from the Royal Opera’s Carmen, I have escaped Floral Street to chat to an old friend, Sandy Burnett.

Anita la Maltesa, Flamenco Artist

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 fourth of these podcasts about people – or animals! – who feature in the Royal Opera’s current production of Carmen. Here I talk to Anita la Maltesa, a Flamenco dancer who plays one of the gypsies.

John, and Tracy the Donkey

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 third of these podcasts about people – or animals! – who feature in the Royal Opera’s current production of Carmen. Here I talk to John, who deal with Tracy, the lovely donkey who steals hearts on stage.