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Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and production artists in the heart of the City of London. Ranked as one of the top ten performing arts institutions in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019), and recently awarded top conservatoire in the Complete University Guide Music League Table 2020, the School is a global leader of creative and professional practice which promotes innovation, experiment and research, with over 1,000 students in hi ...
 
Conversations with creatives who FOUND – or re-found – their CREATIVITY as adults. We’ll explore their childhood experiences of the arts, discuss how they came to the artistic practices they now love, and consider the barriers to creativity that they experienced between the two. My guests are proponents of visual, written and performing arts, with similarities and wild differences in their experiences. We’ll explore what it is that people value and gain from their new-found artistic experien ...
 
GaryPHayes's music is a rare hybrid of melodic progressive trance, celtic & world music and cinematic electronica. His versatility lies in his being able to exhibit the sensitivity in combining music of different cultures required for a wide range of film genre and being able to utilise both full orchestral scoring through arrangement and production to cutting edge electronic music realisation and sound design.Gary became interested in music at an early age and was playing guitar and clarine ...
 
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Studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama is challenging and invigorating, rigorous and demanding, and the standard of tuition is world class. This episode’s guest studied there as a mature student, and is grateful for the experience, which burnt through her savings and tested her energy. Find out how Maxyne Ryan ticked that one off her bucke…
 
For this cheeky bonus episode I'm speaking again with Philippa James, who you will remember from S1 Ep6. This time we're talking about the photography workshops for adults that Philippa runs. And it doesn't stop once you've learnt the basics. The Motherhood is a photographic community that supports, inspires, explores and shares its new-found creat…
 
Looking for ways to explore your own creativity? Cass Sabo of Oxford Weaving Studio (see S1 Ep3) teaches weaving workshops for all ages. And she's also designed her own Oxford Frame Loom. Find out more, and check out a special discount from Cass at the end of the episode. Music: Day Trips by Ketsa https://ketsa.uk/under Creative Commons License htt…
 
Furrah Syed’s art is ALL about interaction. She creates heavily textured abstract art using acrylic and metallic paints, and even encourages ‘viewers’ to TOUCH her art. This extra sensory element has inspired her to develop art workshops for the blind and partially sighted, making her art and her art practice truly inclusive. Music: Day Trips by Ke…
 
Mark Deeks wants to shatter the myth that in order to play the piano you need to have started as a child, learnt scales and arpeggios and classical standards, and practised daily. He wants you to play piano for you, for your own enjoyment. In this bonus podcast episode Mark talks about his experiences in the world of music, and how he can help you …
 
Louise Luton was a teacher for 20 years, but after realizing she was in burnout she took the difficult decision to leave the profession and embark on a new life with oil paints. Music: Day Trips by Ketsa https://ketsa.uk/under Creative Commons License https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/Raising_Frequecy/Day_Trips Artworks: Emily Portnoi emilyp…
 
Jon Bond has trained in theatre studies and media arts, but during the lockdowns of Covid 19 has developed his own creative explorations through experimenting with photographic software. Doing so has kept him creatively active and helped him keep his mental health in check. Music: Day Trips by Ketsa https://ketsa.uk/under Creative Commons License h…
 
After not being accepted onto the university course she wanted to join, Jane Beinart lost her confidence in her art. Fast forward ten years and Jane made a return to art for herself, but also for others, since she helps grown-ups discover or re-discover ways to express themselves through art. Music: Day Trips by Ketsa https://ketsa.uk/under Creativ…
 
Cecilia Poullain has had a successful career in law and finance. When she started seeing a Gestalt therapist, she discovered a source of creativity that she has continued to explore, from writing short pieces in French, to writing (and performing) a one-woman show and now working on a novel. Music: Day Trips by Ketsa https://ketsa.uk/under Creative…
 
Andrew Wildman loved drawing as a child, and even while studying for a degree in graphic design all he really wanted to do was draw comics. It wasn't an industry that was easy to get into, so while working as a designer he spent his spare time putting together his portfolio of comic strip art and looking for a way in. His perseverance paid off and …
 
This episode is ALL about Peter's experiences on The Great British Throw Down. Music: Day Trips by Ketsa https://ketsa.uk/under Creative Commons License https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/Raising_Frequecy/Day_Trips Artworks: Emily Portnoi emilyportnoi.co.uk Open Stage Arts: openstagearts.co.uk Instagram: @creativityfoundpodcast and @openstage…
 
Peter White had a successful and busy engineering business, perhaps too busy. After falling ill he decided to make a big change in his life, taking himself away from the business and considering what to do next. Since then he has studied for a BA then an MA in ceramics, trained and worked as an art and design teacher, started his own pottery studio…
 
Tara L Lacey loved drama activities at schools in Oxford and Trinidad, but put the performing arts to the side partway through her university career. Thankfully she took a brave step later in life and returned to the theatre, and is now an actor, director, producer and an educator. Music: Day Trips by Ketsa https://ketsa.uk/under Creative Commons L…
 
Adriana is a healthcare worker who finds her escape and creativity through urbex photography. When her son became more independent as he grew older, and after a bad day at work, Adriana bought a camera and hit the road. She explores abandoned buildings and takes atmospheric photos of places most people will never see. Music: Day Trips by Ketsa http…
 
Debrah Martin took up writing by joining a course to help her through a very tough time in her life. She is now an award-winning author, and a mentor and teacher for others who want to explore creative writing. Music: Day Trips by Ketsa https://ketsa.uk/under Creative Commons License https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/Raising_Frequecy/Day_Tri…
 
Lesley Wildman loved her art foundation year, but was disappointed not to get into art college. It wasn’t until she decided to train to be a teacher that pursuing her artistic ambitions became a possibility once again. As a mature student Lesley worked with glass rods in an attempt to push the boundaries of this material. But Lesley has never liked…
 
Richard Nicoll had a successful design career, which he loved. As his career became more business-oriented and less creative, he found himself in a bit of a creative hole. So he taught himself to play bass guitar (left-handed, even though he isn't left-handed - long story) and started writing songs influenced by his travels with work. Music: Day Tr…
 
Finding fine art helped Morven Shortt find her feet. Starting in higher education in her fifties she says was hard, but very rewarding. Hear about how Morven took that step from mother to student, and about how she came to make art from waste materials, and how she wants to inspire and encourage others to explore their creativity, no matter what th…
 
Phillipa James, photographer behind 100 Women of Oxford, dropped out of college, but returned to studies on an art foundation and on to moving image, which gave her a good, creative career in film and television. However, the film industry is not conducive to bringing up a family (at least when both parents are in it) so Philippa took on other role…
 
Rob Ballentine enjoyed drawing as a child, but when it became an obligation he became disheartened. The music business called to his creative nature, but an interest in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) was a stronger draw. Find out, then, how it is that he now enjoys creating pet portraits that really connect with the animal owners. Music: Day Tr…
 
When Karen Joy’s boys grew up, she had a ‘niggling feeling’, and joined a watercolour class. But that is a far cry from the acrylic paintings she is so passionate about now. Find out about her journey from printmaking, picture restoration, horses and family to acrylic landscape and abstract painting. Music: Day Trips by Ketsa https://ketsa.uk/under…
 
Cassandra's journey from Canada to Oxford has taken a number of twists and turns, encompassing engineering, travelling, having a family and growing her weaving skills and community weaving business. Music: Day Trips by Ketsa https://ketsa.uk/under Creative Commons License https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/Raising_Frequecy/Day_Trips Artworks:…
 
Find out what this podcast is all about. Join me as I chat with creative people who found – or re-found – their creativity as adults. We’ll explore their childhood experiences of the arts, discuss how they came to the artistic practices they now love, and consider the barriers they may have experienced between the two. Music: Day Trips by Ketsa htt…
 
Tereza Barnard had a discouraging review of her art as a youngster, and went on to study and pursue a career in psychology. But something didn’t quite sit right for her. Find out how Tereza changed her circumstances and now earns money and accolade as a realist and abstract painter whose work features in Tom Croft’s book Portraits for NHS Heroes. M…
 
Oxfordshire-based printmaker Gerry Coles didn't have the best start to her linocut experience, but with perseverance, she discovered an art form she was passionate about, and good at! Discover how Gerry, a creative youngster, trod a different path after school, but discovered the artistic practice she now loves on a visit to Bath. Music: Day Trips …
 
How has coronavirus affected the theatre industry? What does the pandemic mean for theatre training and the future of the industry?In a wide-ranging discussion, Professor of Text & Poetry at Guildhall School, voice coach, author and theatre director Patsy Rodenburg OBE and Vice Principal & Director at Guildhall School Orla O’Loughlin discuss the fu…
 
Head of Composition Professor Julian Philips joins us for this podcast to talk about 'Stories of Sweet Visions', a programme of song and chamber works celebrating his 50th birthday year.We discuss his inspirations as a composer, his fascination with text and song, the process of putting programme together for this milestone concert and what it's li…
 
Final-year Stage Manager Tom Downie joins us to discuss the access performance of our autumn term drama 'The Wheel', written by Zinnie Harris.Tom talks us through the ins and outs of audio describing a performance, the rehearsal process and technical requirements and describing for the ear and not the eye.'The Wheel' runs to 26 October in the Milto…
 
A very special podcast as Guildhall pianist Jonathan Ferrucci sits down with Carole Presland, Senior Tutor in Keyboard Chamber Music, to discuss our upcoming Chamber Music Festival in which they are both performing.The pair talk about how the programming for the festival was decided, what it's like to programme and perform, and how the festival cap…
 
Cast members Harriet Burns and Siân Dicker give us the inside track on this term's opera double bill of early operatic works exploring romantic love: Aminta e Fillide by George Frideric Handel and Venus and Adonis by John Blow.We talk about these two very contrasting but thematically linked operas, exploring comedy and tragedy in a double bill, and…
 
Cast members Sam Carl, Irene Hoogveld, Madison Nonoa, William Sharma, Collin Shay and Christian Valle join us to discuss our production of Britten's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.They talk us through this production of Britten’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s magical tale (emphasis on the magic), being double cast in two very different roles, and gi…
 
Cast members Elena Faverio & Uri Levy and Stage Manager Chloë Siller talk us through our last autumn term drama production, Eduardo de Filippo's 'Saturday, Sunday, Monday'.We discuss the rehearsal process and working with director Joseph Blatchley, the challenges and joys of having a large cast, and getting to grips with cooking in the rehearsal ro…
 
The entire cast of our autumn opera join us on this podcast. Cast B singers Seán Boylan, Samuel Carl, Samantha Clarke, Frederick Jones, Lucy McAuley & Madison Nonoa talk us through this production of Mozart's comic opera, the benefits of having a double cast, what they've enjoyed most about the process and give us an insight into the design of the …
 
Designer Libby Watson joins us in the studio and gives us an insight into the design process for 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot', from how she works with director Wyn Jones and our lighting and sound designers to the design decisions of including a revolve and a white set.'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot' runs from 22 – 27 October in the Milton C…
 
Stage Manager Juliet Hague and cast members Jasmine Lee-Jones and Matthew Nikitow talk us through our upcoming production of 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot' by Stephen Adly Guirgis.We discuss the joys and challenges of large casts, the relationship between director and stage manager, and what it's like to bring well-known characters and historica…
 
Aaaaand we're back! The podcast returns to deep dive into our first drama production of the term, Philip Ridley's 'Mercury Fur'.We're joined by director John Haidar and cast members Mirren Mack and Joseph Potter to discuss the play, their first experience of 'Mercury Fur', the rehearsal process, and what they're most looking forward to about openin…
 
It's summer musical time at Guildhall, so we caught up with cast and creative team to talk about our production of the classic Fiddler on the Roof.We're joined by cast members Georgina Beedle and Alex James-Cox and Sound Designer Charlie Smith to discuss the production. Charlie and Alex tell us what it's like for their final Guildhall production to…
 
The Gold Medal is the Guildhall School’s most prestigious prize for musicians. This year, instrumentalists take to the Barbican Hall stage to perform a concerto with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Judd.Finalists Ljubica Stojanovic, Dan-Iulian Drutac and Joon Yoon talk about their Gold Medal experiences, from their first auditi…
 
Our final drama production of the term is Clifford Odets' rarely-produced play Paradise Lost. We're joined by cast members Georgina Beedle and Finlay Paul, Lighting Designer James McKeogh and Deputy Stage Manager Georgia Graham to discuss the play, working on a large production with such a large cast, the creative process, and what they're most loo…
 
'Blackout' in the Tower Bridge Bascule Chamber sees Guildhall video design artists return to the unique subterranean space for a new immersive video projection and sound installation inspired by the photography of Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs.We're joined by Lecturer in Video Dan Shorten, Design Realisation Assistant Tom Downing, and BA Video Design…
 
Cast members Michelle Alexander, Lucy Anderson and Michael Vickers join us to talk about our spring term production of Poulenc’s sublime masterpiece set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, 'Dialogues des Carmélites', discussing everything from religion and martyrdom to nun puns and singing in French.Dialogues des Carmélites runs from 26 …
 
To mark the start of the 'Reflective Conservatoire Conference 2018: Artists as Citizens', we talk to one of this year's speakers.Nell Catchpole, Course Leader on the Master’s in Leadership programme, talks to us about her motto of "Sound artist as Activist? A Performance of Sonic Stories from East Suffolk", her views on artistic citizenship, and he…
 
To mark the start of the 'Reflective Conservatoire Conference 2018: Artists as Citizens', we talk to one of this year's speakers.Neyire Ashworth, Professor of Clarinet at Junior Guildhall, talks to us about her motto of "Towards a more flexible musician of the future", her views on artistic citizenship, and her performance piece 'Stenclmusic', a so…
 
Stage Manager Samantha Agnew and cast members Poppy Allen-Quarmby, Charlotte Blandford and Tegen Short join us to discuss our spring term production of Shelagh Stephenson's The Memory of Water.Cast & crew talk about the complex characters of the play, portraying a realistic sisterly rapport on stage, the 90s setting and the Stage Manager's biscuit …
 
Cast & crew of our spring drama opener, Laura Wade's 'Colder Than Here', join us for this podcast.Cast members Jonny Lavelle and Phoebe Marshall and Lighting Designer Sally McCulloch discuss working with director Lisa Blair and the creative team, the joys of working with a small cast and the challenges in finding the humour in a play about cancer.C…
 
Director and cast of the Guildhall production of Edward Bond's 'Saved', an anatomy of a forgotten generation which changed the face of modern drama, join us for this podcast.Director John Haidar and cast members Joe Bolland, Tom Glenister and Ellie Rawnsley are in the studio to discuss their first experience with 'Saved', the play's ongoing relevan…
 
Three outstanding Guildhall musicians join us for this episode to discuss their recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in January 2018. James Newby, Ionel Manciu and Jonathan Ferrucci talk to us about their chosen repertoire of Bach, Beethoven, Poulenc and Rachmaninov, their preparations for the concert, what they're most looking forward to …
 
We go behind the scenes of our final drama production of the term, Noël Coward's Post-Mortem, to celebrate this year's #LoveTheatreDay.Cast members Nicholas Armfield & Rosalind Lailey and Associate Lighting Designer Elliot Smith join us to discuss their research for this drama set during and after the First World War and the benefits and challenges…
 
In this episode we're joined by renowned renowned pianist and Guildhall professor Iain Burnside, along with actor Harvey Cole, Lighting Designer James McKeogh and soprano Isabelle Peters to discuss Iain's latest music theatre piece, 'Swansong'.We discuss from where the initial idea for the piece came, the added layers that interspersing songs with …
 
Gian Carlo Menotti's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera 'The Consul' is our autumn opera.Cast members Michelle Alexander, Michael Vickers and Eduard Mas Bacardit join us to discuss our production of Menotti's opera, including some literal magic on stage, the opera's relevance today and how Menotti's first-hand accounts of refugees fleeing Europe after th…
 
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