As It Comes Podcast: Life from a Musician’s Point of View
Episode 12: Sophie Gledhill “This is something I feel I need to do”

Episode 12: Sophie Gledhill “This is something I feel I need to do”

November 22, 2019

You know the times are trying when you sit in silence and have a wee cry. Fortunately, solace can be found in some maternal love.

 

This episode's guest is cellist Sophie Gledhill.  We chatted backstage at Snape Maltings about life as a freelancer, long-distance relationships, being emotional, animals, Disney, and Sophie's drive to use music to bring about social change - leading her to take part in the Global Leaders Program and a residency at the Banff Centre.

 

This episode features a Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment that illustrates music in motion for most people involved. Got a weird experience you'd like to share?  Tell me: asitcomespodcast@gmail.com

 

Like and follow for bonus material and silly rain-soaked videos: @asitcomespod

 

Mentioned in this episode:

rippletank.org

Episode 11: Mike Ladouceur “If this is the music you wanna make then you just have to make it”

Episode 11: Mike Ladouceur “If this is the music you wanna make then you just have to make it”

November 8, 2019

Today’s episode is brought to you from a designated duvet day – necessary for recharging one’s batteries!

My guest is Mike Ladouceur – composer and orchestrator.  He’s recently released his album of original work “Between Worlds” – on vinyl no less! Find out why Mike chose to release his album via sound installation, what he has to do as a film score orchestrator, and what he’d be if he weren’t a musician.

This episode features a Music College Didn’t Prepare Me segment of bowel-shaking proportions.  Got an experience that music college didn’t prepare you for that you’d like to share?  Let me know: asitcomespodcast@gmail.com

 

Stay up to date with the pod: like and follow on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Mike’s album “Between Worlds”: https://phonicarecords.com/product/mike-ladouceur-between-worlds-lp-ml-records/163443

@mike_ladouceur

Episode 10: Margaret Cookhorn “Yes please!”

Episode 10: Margaret Cookhorn “Yes please!”

October 25, 2019

We're 10 episodes old! Happy days! This episode was brought to you amongst the chaos and logistics of organising chamber music rehearsals and concerts.

 

Episode 10's guest is Margaret Cookhorn, principal contrabassoon of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  We chat about life as a bassoonist - how it can take years to get your dream instrument, how practice is like Olympic training or saving to buy a house and how to get ahead with your reed-making (clue: husbands). As well as being the first contrabassoon soloist at the BBC Proms, Margaret is also a fellow BBC Radio 3 Time Traveller, so we chat about writing and working in radio.

 

A comedy of errors involving mistaken genders, forgotten instruments, inclement weather and vehicular damage feature in this episode's Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment.

 

Got a rando experience to share that music college didn't prepare you for?  Let me know: asitcomespodcast@gmail.com

 

Like and follow the pod on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod

 

Mentioned in this episode:

www.margaretcookhorn.com

@queencontra

 

Musicians' Wellbeing online survey: tinyurl.com/musicianswellbeingsurvey

Musicians' Weekend episode 8- interview with Simone Willis (skip to 25'08"): https://musicianweekend.podbean.com/e/episode-8-feat-simone-willis-phd-researcher-in-musicians-stress-and-well-being/

Episode 9: David Mahoney “You can’t afford to wait for the opportunity to come along”

Episode 9: David Mahoney “You can’t afford to wait for the opportunity to come along”

October 11, 2019

This episode was largely produced on the road - in trains, Travelodges, green rooms, you name it.  Busy times - it explains my huskier-than-usual vocal register this episode.

 

My guest is David Mahoney, conductor and founder of the Novello Orchestra, which recently performed a UK arena tour of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Live in Concert.  We chatted backstage in a galaxy far, far away (Birmingham) about how he got to where he is now, what he has to deal with onstage while conducting a film score (turns out quite a bit), and the glamorous life of living on a tour bus.

 

Also featured is a titillating Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment of a salacious nature.  Got an experience music college didn't prep you for? Tell me: asitcomespodcast@gmail.com

 

Mentioned in this episode:

@david_mahoney

@thenovelloorchestra

FYI Rugby results: NZ vs Canada 63-0

NZ vs Namibia 71-9

 

Like and follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod

Episode 8. Lucy Anderson “She’ll be right”

Episode 8. Lucy Anderson “She’ll be right”

September 27, 2019

Producing today's episode has been an exercise in time management.  How do you get everything done when you have a billion things on, and during the Rugby World Cup? #dilemma

 

My guest this episode is my old friend Lucy Anderson, from Wellington, New Zealand.  We chat about expat life here in the UK, the Kiwi attitude of tackling whatever may come your way, such as moving countries, language and accent comprehension, finding good coffee, and some of the challenges faced in Lucy's job as assistant company manager at English National Opera (evacuating Kelsey Grammer out of the Coliseum avoiding the paparazzi, anyone?)

 

Don't miss this episode's avian Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment.  Got an anecdote or funny story to share?  Email me at asitcomespodcast@gmail.com

 

Like and follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod (especially if you like cats and would like to see more of assistant purr-ducer Romeo)

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Ensemble Mini Berlin: http://minimahler.com/

ENO Discover Opera: https://www.eno.org/discover-opera/

Episode 7: Elisabeth Streichert “What’s the point of feeling alone about this?”

Episode 7: Elisabeth Streichert “What’s the point of feeling alone about this?”

September 13, 2019

Back to school! Which means back to the land of seemingly unfamiliar students, wacky comments from pupils and having to wake up early again...

 

My guest is pianist Elisabeth Streichert, the Artistic Director of the Phacelia Ensemble - a flexible ensemble which specialises in "Concertos in Miniature" arranged by Elisabeth herself as well as great staples of chamber music repertoire.  This conversation occurred in July 2019 during a heatwave, where we chatted about the unexpected delights of German beaches, how concertos are really just chamber music, convincing yourself that your project is a good idea, as well as Eli's struggle with and recovery from physical injury.  One to listen to if you have or know someone who's ever endured physical pain - who hasn't? 

 

Don't miss this episode's double-reeded Bridezilla Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment!

 

For bonus material such as videos and cats, please Like: facebook.com/asitcomespod Follow on Instagram: @asitcomespod 

 

Mentioned in this episode:

https://www.phacelia-ensemble.com/

facebook.com/phaceliaensemble

Instagram: @phacelia.ensemble

 

http://www.bapam.org.uk/

 

Germany tour dates:

28/09/2019 Klangmanufaktur Hamburg 8pm

29/09/2019 Konzertgut RitterGut Lucklum 5pm (broadcast date TBC on Deutschlandfunk Kultur)

04/10/2019 St Peter's church, St. Peter-Ording 8pm

Episode 6: Nina Harries “How do you GO to Purcell?!”

Episode 6: Nina Harries “How do you GO to Purcell?!”

August 30, 2019

Cellist spots fellow cellist at home train station - THAT SHE DOESN'T KNOW. Commence awkward staring.  What do you do, especially if you don't have your instrument, and can't illustrate your solidarity?

 

Nina Harries is my guest this week.  We chat about her life as a bassist and vocalist, her musical family, imposter syndrome, working with the Akram Khan company, and her upcoming album.  Also mentioned are muddy gigs, carting around double basses, and crying at nature, especially mountains.

 

Don't miss this week's Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment of photographic consequences.

 

Like and follow the podcast for bonus content such as myself playing instruments that I do not play: facebook.com/asitcomespod or Instagram @asitcomespod

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Nina's website and socials: www.ninaharries.com @ninaharriesbass

13th September album launch: https://www.hoxtonhall.co.uk/event/nina-harries/

Album preorder: https://ninaharries.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 

Episode 5. Uchenna Ngwe “C is the key”

Episode 5. Uchenna Ngwe “C is the key”

August 16, 2019

Having no work sometimes can be therapeutic! Enjoy it while you can!

 

My guest this episode is Uchenna Ngwe: oboist, cor anglais player and PhD candidate at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  She's the founder of PlainSightSound and the Decus Ensemble which aims to uncover music by black British, African and Caribbean composers throughout history.  She shares her wisdom about applying for Arts Council Funding, which many people know is not a straight-forward affair.  We also chat about cello and oboe idiosyncrasies, clef dyslexia, Beethoven symphonies, and the best concerts we've ever been to.

TRIGGER WARNING: there is a short discussion regarding the word MOIST *shudders*

 

As always, don't miss the "music college didn't prepare me" segment.  Got an anecdote to share with me?  Tell me in preferably more than one word at asitcomespodcast@gmail.com

 

Like and follow the pod of F'book and I'gram @asitcomespod

 

Mentioned in this ep:

plainsightsound.com

decusensemble.com @decus_ensemble

August 27th concert: https://www.facebook.com/events/2375132209411154/

September 19th concert: https://www.facebook.com/events/1451906854934223/

Winifred Atwell: https://www.plainsightsound.com/the-lady-from-trinidad/

https://blogs.bl.uk/sound-and-vision/2019/07/the-other-piano-the-classical-side-of-winifred-atwell-.html

Episode 4: Kate Simko “Ride that wave”

Episode 4: Kate Simko “Ride that wave”

August 2, 2019

Climate change will be the downfall of working musicians.  How do you function as a musician when the elements seem to be battling against you?

This episode's guest is the legendary Kate Simko - DJ, film composer and founder of London Electronic Orchestra.  Listen as she chats about her fascinating musical path that led her to have foot in both the electronic and classical worlds.

Plus don't miss this episode's Music College Didn't Prepare me of lip-sync-worthy proportions.

Mentioned in this episode:

Kate's "20 Weeks" playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3QeF9NRFoscRqdp3ofAxbM

"20 Weeks": http://20weeks-movie.com/

"We Believe in Dinosaurs": https://www.webelieveindinosaurs.net/

Kate's Website: www.katesimko.com

London Electronic Orchestra: www.katesimko.com/leo

Follow Kate: @kate_simko

Davina's BBC Radio 3 Time Travellers segments (70 mins in): 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00070r6 (Douglas Lilburn and the honey)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000767w (Rebecca Clarke)

Episode 3: Madeleine Ridd (part 2) “Things don’t have to turn out the way you planned for it to be okay”

Episode 3: Madeleine Ridd (part 2) “Things don’t have to turn out the way you planned for it to be okay”

July 19, 2019

Consuming avocados is a risk if you want to retain your thumbs.  Luckily, practising octaves can help.

Listen to part 2 of my conversation with cellist Madeleine Ridd - we chat about how she got back into her playing, and her cathartic talent that led to her success outside of music.

Plus, don't miss this episode's Music College Didn't Prepare Me!

Mentioned in this episode:

Millie's Brilliant Birthday Plan: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Millies-Brilliant-Birthday-Plan-Madeleine/dp/1910322679

Follow Maddy on twitter: https://twitter.com/maddyridd