Friday, September 1, 2017

Composer of the Week: Alexander Goehr

I've recently had the great pleasure of making a Composer of the Week for Radio 3. It was a daunting task because I'm in awe of this strand. But nerves were soon put aside for the sheer privilege of meeting and listening to the life story and music of composer Alexander Goehr and working alongside Donald Macleod. 
TX: 11 - 15th Sept 2017


Behind the Scenes: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Verity Sharp and I had a wonderful time making this documentary with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Their new conductor Mirga is a force of nature and every encounter with her was inspirational.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

All in a Chord

Ivan Hewett and I have made a series for Radio 4 about ways in which musical chords reflect the date in which they were conceived. For the Mahler programme we talked with composer David Matthews and psychoanalyst Anthony Cantle.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BBC Audio Drama Award 2016

Together we won the BBC Audio Drama Award 2016 for Best Online Drama with our play The Kindness of Time.

Thank you to everyone for taking part; supporting us and for bringing such skill and goodwill to this project – it's very special

I love the way Lenny Henry looks like he’s crying in this 3rd photo: “Please stop this woman talking so that we can get on with the show and I can go home to bed”!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

BBC Audio Drama Award

The Kindness of Time has been nominated for Best Online Audio Drama at the BBC Audio Drama Awards. We look forward to the awards event at the end of January. Meanwhile our play remains free to listen to online and this week a listener from America wrote to say: thank you everyone involved for a moving, thought provoking, funny and all-round wonderful start to my new year.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Kindness of Time

We’re offering a Christmas treat - a free one hour, downloadable audio play about waiting for love to appear in midwinter. The play features music from the wonderful youth folk chorus: Stream of Sound.

This drama will cheer the heart whilst listeners wrap those presents, peel those chestnuts, travel on trains, or simply sink gratefully into the sofa with a mulled wine when the jobs are done and dusted.

Join Ben Ellison - as he travels across a snowy Europe to work with an outstanding group of singers and actors in a brand new show for a World Peace festival. Witness his inner journey of love and loss. Smile as bizarre circumstances, beyond his control, and beyond his wildest dreams, lead him to where he needs to go, and to what he needs to discover to be truly happy. On route, enjoy glorious Christmas music as you’ve never heard it before.

The Kindness of Time is a drama for listeners to download and enjoy as they prepare for Christmas. Delicious food for thought - a luxurious feast for the ears - a beautiful listening experience to nourish the spirit, banish those midwinter blues and remind us all what lies at the heart of the Christmas story.

It will be available @
From Sunday 30th November – the start of Advent

Writers: Deirdre Burton and Tom Davis
Choir: Stream of Sound directed by Caroline Price
Producer / Director: Rosie Boulton
Cast includes: Fraser James, Hayley Doherty, Alex Jones, Tracey Briggs, Aimee Powell

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sandford St Martin Award

    On Monday 3rd June 2013, we won the Sandford St Martin Premier Radio Award for our programme Hearing Ragas. What an honour!

 The Sandford St Martin committee wrote: "Hearing Ragas" made for BBC Radio 4, describes the near death experience of violinist Professor Paul Robertson; the India ragas he heard from within a coma, and the healing effect Sir John Tavener’s music had in his recovery.  Listeners and judges described it as ‘hugely thought-provoking’, ‘a fabulous, beautiful and meaningful piece’ – and listening to Paul accept his award, the audience was left feeling no different.