Programmes

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. 
Radio 3: 11th - 15th Sept 2017

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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.


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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.
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Fantasy Festival

We made a pilot for a new series for Radio 4.  Children's author Frank Cottrell Boyce was guided by presenter Tim Samuels to create the festival of his wildest dreams



The Documentary

Andrew Graystone and I made a programme for the World Service questioning the language used to describe the experience of having cancer.


PlayThe Rhetoric of Cancer

Something Understood: The Greatest of these is Love?

Beginning with I Corinthians 13, John McCarthy was joined by writer Salley Vickers to consider the centrality of love in our lives.




Something Understood: Holding Hands

John McCarthy reflected on the significance of holding hands as an act of  trust, commitment, unity and love between human beings.  Featuring an interview with Professor Tony Pinching


Something Understood - Pieta

John McCarthy explored the significance of the Pieta in art and life. With Anthony Gormley