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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 ...
 
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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…
 
The cast and crew of our second drama production of the term, Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, join us for this podcast.Cast members Georgina Beedle and Alex James-Cox, Deputy Stage Manager Sissel Josefine and Audio Describer Ben Cook discuss how this adaptation by Tom Stoppard stands out from other adaptations of Chekhov's classic, the role of the De…
 
We kick off the new academic year going behind the scenes of our first drama production, four short plays by British playwright Martin Crimp in Crimp 1, 2, 3 & 4.We caught up with composer and sound designer Kerry Yong, lighting designer James McKeogh and assistant sound designer Lewis Hannaby to talk about the challenges of linking together four p…
 
In this episode we're joined by James Rose, Guildhall alum and now award-winning producer, arranger, performer and educator, who co-produces and tours with the International A Capella group Accent. We're also joined from across the Atlantic by fellow Accent member Evan Sanders.We discuss James' career since leaving Guildhall, from creating a capell…
 
The annual summer musical is fast approaching, so we caught up with cast and creative team to talk about our production of the Tony-award winning Gershwin classic Crazy For You.Cast members Lucie Fletcher and Luke Thallon discuss what it's like to end their time at Guildhall on such a showstopper and perform alongside Guildhall singers, as well as …
 
In one of our last episodes of the summer term, we catch up with a host of students to talk about Curious, an annual showcase of new work created by students, graduates and guest artists from the Guildhall School in collaboration with visual artists and communication designers from Central Saint Martins, UAL. Curious is curated by Barbican Guildhal…
 
We caught up with some of the cast of Handel's Radamisto, our summer opera, directed by John Ramster and conducted by Chad Matthias Kelly.Cast members Margo Arsane and Anna Sideris, who share the role of Polissena in our double-cast opera, joined us to discuss everything from the differences between this first version of Radamisto and the more well…
 
In this episode, we're joined by the winner of this year's Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize, award-winning cellist Michael Petrov, to discuss his upcoming performance at the Wigmore Hall on Monday 12 June 2017. We discuss the process of being nominated for the prize, how Michael and his accompanist Erdem Misirlioglu have been preparing for the perfo…
 
The Gold Medal is the Guildhall School’s most prestigious prize for musicians. This year is the turn of the singers, who will perform a short programme with piano accompaniment followed by a second half of arias with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dominic Wheeler. We caught up with finalists Bianca Andrew, Samuel Carl, Josep-Ramon O…
 
In this episode we divert from our usual discussion of Guildhall events to delve into “the pedagogy of performance”, or the method and practice of teaching performance.We’re joined by Vanessa Lingham, Lecturer in Costume at Guildhall, and Sue Dent, Music Teacher at Guildhall, both of whom are also on our PGCert Performance Teaching. We discuss diff…
 
We spoke to the cast & crew of Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead, the final drama production of the Spring term directed by Joseph Blatchley.Cast members Mairi Hawthorn, Ruth Ollman and Fode Simbo, lighting designer Jess Bernberg and sound designer Tom Bosworth joined us to discuss the play, what's inspired them in preparing for the production (inclu…
 
In this episode we talk about Dialogue, an annual festival celebrating the diversity and creative talent of East London. This unique collaboration brings together Guildhall School musicians and technical theatre students with local community groups to make and perform new music, poetry and visual arts.We're joined by Sigrun Griffiths, Programme Lea…
 
As our Spring events season continues, we catch up with The Same Deep Water As Me cast members Jacob Coleman and Mairi Hawthorn and costume supervisor Jack Fox to discuss our production of award-winning playwright Nick Payne's sharply-observed social comedy, directed by Jo McInnes.We talk about corpsing, the joy of finding characters and subtext th…
 
In this episode we talk about Guildhall's upcoming production of The (Imaginary) Misogynist.We're joined by the play's writer and director Tamsin Oglesby and cast members Lucie Fletcher and Luke Thallon as we discuss the true story behind the play, what it's like to direct a play that you've written, and the different challenges that a comedy bring…
 
We talked to director Lisa Blair, cast members Steffan Cennydd and Samuel Blenkin, and production manager James Asquith to talk about the upcoming Guildhall School production of Simon Stephens' Herons.We talk about the role of the production manager, the challenges in bringing Herons to the stage and how cast and crew have prepared for a more intim…
 
Levon Chilingirian, Professor of Violin at the Guildhall School, joins us to talk about the upcoming Guildhall String Ensemble concert in Milton Court.We discuss the wide-ranging repertoire, with the lesser-known Janá?ek Suite for String Orchestra and Beethoven's great String Quartet No. 14 bookending the British premiere of Tigran Mansurian Violin…
 
We caught up with Sound Designer Robert Matthews and cast members Rupert Henderson and Amelia Strohm to talk about the upcoming Guildhall School production of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations.We talk about their experience on the production so far, the creative team's process, working with such a large cast and the challenges in bringing such a…
 
We're joined opera students Bianca Andrew and Joanna Skillett to discuss our autumn term double-bill of contrasting Russian masterpieces, Stravinsky’s Mavra and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.We discuss why these two operas are being performed together, what it's like to prepare for such a contrasting double-bill, the challenges of singing in Russian and th…
 
Ronan O’Hora, Head of Advanced Performance and Keyboard Studies, and Matthew Jones, Acting Head of Chamber Music, join us to talk about the upcoming Chamber Masters concert here at the Guildhall School. We discuss the concert itself, performing alongside colleagues, and the constant learning experience that is live performance.Ronan and Matthew wil…
 
We welcome Professor Barry Ife, Principal of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, to talk about the upcoming trio of concerts on 26 October celebrating the life and work of Enrique Granados (1867-1916) and mark the centenary of his death. We discuss Granados' work and his place in the pantheon of Spanish composers, as well as his special guest ap…
 
The Guildhall School events podcast returns as we talk to the cast and crew of The Crucible, one of our drama productions this autumn term.In this episode, we talk to lighting designer Chris Needle and cast members Caleb Roberts and Mary Galloway about this production of Arthur Miller's disturbing yet thrilling take on the Salem Witch-hunts of 1692…
 
Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning presents Curious, an annual showcase of new work produced by students, graduates and professional artists from the Guildhall School.Taking place between 4-7 July 2016 at the Rose Lipman Building in Hackney, the showcase presents work that responds to contemporary life – from the realities and beauty of the every…
 
Aboard a luxury locomotive travelling from Chicago to New York, a down-on-his-luck theatre producer attempts to rekindle his romance with a glamorous Hollywood starlet and lure her back to Broadway to save himself from bankruptcy. Based on the classic Howard Hawks film of the same name, this madcap 1930s-era screwball comedy catapults full steam ah…
 
Ariane (1958) is a short opera based on the myth of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur, which reflects Martin?’s great admiration for the celebrity singer Maria Callas (pictured) in the virtuosic style of its title role. Set in Paris, the earlier Alexandre bis (1937) was written when the city was at the centre of Surrealism, a movement that consider…
 
The Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize annually awards an exceptional Guildhall School musician with a Wigmore Hall recital. In this podcast, we chat to this year's recipient, award-winning Japanese pianist Marina Koka about her performance on Monday 30 May 2016. Her recital takes in Beethoven’s virtuosic Piano Sonata No. 3 alongside favourite Chopin …
 
The Gold Medal is the Guildhall School’s most prestigious prize for musicians. This year is the turn of the instrumentalists, who will perform a concerto with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adrian Leaper. We talk to finalists Antonina Suhanova (piano), Oliver Wass (harp) and Scott MacIsaac (piano) about what it means to them to be pe…
 
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