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The Classical Music Pod

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Timmy Fisher and Sam Poppleton present classical music news, reviews, anecdotes and analyses. Is this the best classical music podcast produced in a Brixton bedroom? We think so.

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Cassie Kinoshi On Labels, Aurora and Video Games

Nov 19 • 45:41

It’s the 50th episode of the Classical Music Pod! We struck gold with today’s guest, composer and bandleader Cassie Kinoshi, who previews her upcoming Aurora Orchestra commission, Three Suns Suite, and discusses how labels and preconceptions can be limiting for musicians. ...

Louise Farrenc Doing What Berlioz Couldn‘t

Nov 12 • 26:46

There’s a French flavour to this week‘s episode as we take the next step in our series of neglected pieces, unwrapping Louise Farrenc’s Trio for Piano and Flute in E minor (with a little help from Adelle). We also pay tribute to the composer of the Channel 4 News theme, Alan Hawkshaw, and receive police guidance on where not to practise your flute....

Nicky Spence and the ‘Vortex of Need’

Nov 5 • 43:36

Sam chats to an innuendo-filled Nicky Spence about Jenůfa at the Royal Opera, the ‘vortex of need’ and his rustic roots …...

Nadine Dorries: Who Do We Think You Are?

Oct 29 • 33:42

The boys profile the new Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, lay bare one of classical music’s most flagrant pick pockets and polish up a rough diamond by Italian Baroque composer Antonio Caldara. ...

All the Stops with Anna Lapwood

Oct 22 • 47:00

Sam and Tim return from their summer break with a new season of classical shenanigans. Kicking things off is an interview with organist, conductor, broadcaster and all-round musical superstar Anna Lapwood. She discusses her latest release for solo organ, Images, recorded at Ely Cathedral, as well as the role of secular music in church services and the mixing of boy and gir...

Inside Fingal's Cave

Aug 2 • 57:06

In today’s episode: Mendelssohn’s concert overture ‘The Hebrides’ goes under the microscope, Tim unwraps the musical history of the Olympic Games and Sam chats to Andrew Moore, Head of Music at the Edinburgh International Festival....

Laura Bowler and Purcell's Penglins

Jul 3 • 55:50

Wham, Flam, Thank You Joby

Jun 12 • 53:43

This week Tim quizzes the people's percussionist, Joby Burgess, on flam rudiments, Sam presents a medium-sized Fleabag slam – and they don't quite hear the first piece of classical music sold on the blockchain....

Miloš, Moon, Forest

May 21 • 52:07

Guitar guru Miloš invents a new game with Sam as they chat about his latest album, The Moon & the Forest. Meanwhile BBC Young Musician inspires some analysis of Ruth Gipps’s underperformed Horn Concerto. PLUS all the usual shenanigans, jingles and Star Trek references. Fascinating. ...

Line of Dudley

May 9 • 58:37

Mother of God! The boys are back from their Easter break, unboxing all things film music with Oscar winner and reluctant Top of the Pops performer Anne Dudley. PLUS, they interrogate mid-20th-century British composer Geoffrey Bush on the 101st anniversary of his birth. ...

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