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The Music Room

The Music Room

Dynamic young Shropshire-born conductor Ben Gernon talks to Zoë Beyers' in the eighth conversation in The Music Room.

Ben Gernon

One of the youngest conductors ever to hold a titled position with a BBC orchestra, Ben Gernon was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017. His rise from student at the Guildhall to one of the brightest lights of the young generation of conductors has been nothing less than meteoric, but Ben’s wise head and infectious sense of humour - also hallmarks of his conducting - have stood him in good stead during lockdown. He talks openly about his experiences as a young conductor in the music industry, the challenge of persuading 80 people to play together, and what really matters to him in music.

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Catherine Arlidge, MBE, Artistic and Educational Director of the National Children’s Orchestras of GB talks to Zoë Beyers in the seventh conversation of The Music Room series

Catherine Arlidge, MBE

“Catherine Arlidge is not only one of our most inspiring, valued and unstinting musicians but also one of our strongest and most idealistic personalities.” – Sir Simon Rattle.

Catherine is a ‘portfolio’ musician, performing many roles including Artistic and Educational Director of the National Children’s Orchestras of GB, CBSO Violinist, Concert Presenter and founder member of The Stringcredibles.

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The sixth of Zoë Beyers' conversations in The Music Room is with British composer, educator and international aid worker Nigel Osborne, MBE.

Nigel Osborne, MBE

Episode 6 of The Music Room, Zoë Beyers talks to Nigel Osborne MBE about his Music for Wellbeing project, an online resource created in partnership with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, in response to the mental health issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

[Picture: By Nigel Osborne - Flickr, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57122367]

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In Episode 5 of The Music Room, Zoë Beyers talks to Auricolae, the trailblazing American storytelling and music troupe.

Auriolae

[This event has been postponed from 21st August]

Auricolae (Latin for ‘little ears’) was founded in 2001 by violist, composer and narrator David Yang. He is joined by Auricolae’s cellist and composer Kenneth Woods as they discuss their love of setting stories to music and sharing the adventure with audiences of all ages. Here is something for everyone: captivating stories and enchanting music - fables and tales full of humour, pathos, comedy and tragedy.

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Women in Song: Zoë Beyers in conversation with four members of Trust favourites Ex Cathedra.

kenneth woods

In Episode 4 of The Music Room, Zoë Beyers talks to four dynamic members of Ex Cathedra, one of Britain’s foremost choral groups. Marianne Ayling, Gemma King, Ros Crouch and Samantha Lewis discuss their love of singing, their immersive community work, and the impact of lockdown on choirs and singers. Join them for an hour of enthusiasm and refreshing candour as they share their stories.

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