Thoroughly Good Podcast Series 5 Ep 28: Conductor Jessica Cottis

A new opera – The Monstrous Child – by composer Gavin Higgins and author Francesca Simon, opens at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre on Thursday 21 Febraury.

Jessica Cottis conducts the Aurora Orchestra. Jessica and I met in the Linbury Theatre during a break in rehearsals on Thursday 14 February.

In podcast number 28, Jessica and I talk about the opera, we discussed the connection between science and the arts, orchestral scores, the thrill of being in the orchestra pit, and polyhedric structures. 

For more information and ticket availability visit the Royal Opera House website


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Thoroughly Good Podcast Series 5 Ep 18: Leeds International Piano Competition

Sounds from the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition, including an exclusive tour of The Cobbe Collection of antique pianos, masterclasses with Lars Vogt and Imogen Cooper, and reflections on the final performances from Aljoras Jurinic, Anna Geniushene, Mario Haring, Xinyuan Wang, and winner Eric Lu.

Many thanks to Alec Cobbe and The Cobbe Collection team, Leeds International Piano Competition, Medici TV and the University of Leeds.

Thoroughly Good Podcast Series 5 Ep 16: Musicologist Hannah Chan-Hartley

Musicologist Hannah Chan-Hartley discusses academia, the shift from scholarly study to content marketing, and her visual Listening Guides developed for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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This podcast was recorded on Wednesday 5 September 2018 at the Southbank Centre in London.

Thoroughly Good Podcast: Series 5 Ep 15 – British Youth Opera

The fifteenth Thoroughly Good Podcast was recorded in August 2018 at the British Youth Opera rehearsals in London South Bank University.

British Youth Opera – an opera training company for graduates and young professionals was founded in 1987. It has annual programme of productions, masterclasses and workshops for new opera talent.

Amongst its alumni features Laura Attridge who appeared on the Thoroughly Good Podcast about Trinity Laban’s production of Rape of Lucretia a few episodes back.

This year British Youth Opera stage two productions at the Peacock Theatre from 1st September – Stravinsky’s Rakes Progress and Jeremy Sams’ Enchanted Island. You’ll hear from the Enchanted Island cast and production team talk about the experience of working in British Youth Opera later in this podcast. First, is a conversation with Executive Director David Balcombe.

Performances of The Enchanted Island are on Saturday 1, Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 September at 7.00pm at the Peacock Theatre on Portugal Street. The production of The Rake’s Progress is on Tuesday 4, Thursday 6 and Saturday 8 September, also at the Peacock Theatre.