As It Comes Podcast: Life from a Musician’s Point of View
Episode 53: George Wakerley aka Confidential ‘Give yourself something to look forward to’

Episode 53: George Wakerley aka Confidential ‘Give yourself something to look forward to’

July 27, 2021

George Wakerley aka Confidential joins me for Episode 53. He's a producer of lo-fi hip-hop beats and shared with me the story of his musical journey, struggles with his mental health, as well as being a role model for his son.

Content warning: depression, binge eating and suicide.

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George's socials:

Instagram: @confidential_lofi

Facebook: @confidentiallofi

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Episode 52: Sarah Nicolls and Maja Bugge “Empowered by change”

Episode 52: Sarah Nicolls and Maja Bugge “Empowered by change”

June 18, 2021

Pianist Sarah Nicolls and cellist Maja Bugge spoke to me about raising awareness of the climate crisis via their show “Ballad of a Changing World.” Listen to how they collaborated during the pandemic and how they’re able to push the limits of their creativity with Sarah’s Inside-Out Piano and Maja’s enthusiasm for jazz and free improv. We also spoke about the unspoken art of good pizzicato, as well as well-rotted manure (stay with me…) This is not indicative of the quality of the chat, by the way!

 

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Mentioned in this episode:

 

https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/whats-on/2021/ballad-of-a-changing-world/

 

Maja’s socials:

Insta: @buggemaja

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cellomaja 

Website: www.majabugge.com

 

Sarah’s socials:

Twitter: @sarahpiano

Insta: @sarahpianolife

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarah.nicolls.pianist

Website: www.sarahnicolls.com

 

KITTIWAKES: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kittiwake

Episode 51: Ellie Consta from Her Ensemble “I’m open to change”

Episode 51: Ellie Consta from Her Ensemble “I’m open to change”

June 8, 2021

Ellie Consta from Her Ensemble joins me for Episode 51. We spoke about how working with pop musicians opened her eyes to the many gender imbalances in the classical music world. Realising the various injustices, she set up Her Ensemble, the UK’s first all-female and non-binary string orchestra to provide a safe space for marginalised genders and create a platform for female and non-binary composers overlooked throughout history. Tune in for chat about how showcasing your vulnerability and learning from your mistakes can promote further growth and progression, as well as Ellie’s pandemic pastime that slightly blew my mind.

You’ll also hear about my personal experiences about being interrupted, as well as some interesting facts about composer Germaine Tailleferre.

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Photo credits: Noëmie Bottiau and Shane Benson

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Herensemble.org

Instagram: @herensemblemusic

Facebook and Twitter: @herensemble

 

https://www.wildcardbrewery.co.uk/

 

Germaine Tailleferre: https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199757824/obo-9780199757824-0275.xml

Episode 50: Sonja Schebeck “Curiosity is the main factor”

Episode 50: Sonja Schebeck “Curiosity is the main factor”

May 28, 2021

Sonja Schebeck joins me for this milestone episode. She’s an Australian violinist based in Vienna, who is also a fire performer as well as the founder and artistic director of The Freestyle Orchestra – an ensemble that combine their skills as classical musicians with their curiosities in other performing art disciplines. Expect acrobatics, theatre, costume design, and much more! We spoke about artistic versatility, keeping your skills alive during lockdown, and Sonja’s recent commemoration of six years being sober.

 

Trigger warning: alcoholism, addiction, substance abuse, some explicit language.

 

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Photo credit: Andrej Grilc.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

@sonja_schebeck_pyroviolinist

 

@freestyleorchestra

 

Russell Brand documentary “From Addiction to Recovery

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2qjvjbjepQ

Episode 49: Channa Malkin “Trust whatever comes along”

Episode 49: Channa Malkin “Trust whatever comes along”

May 18, 2021

Soprano and Spice Girls fan Channa Malkin joins me for this episode. We spoke about her experiences of motherhood, which has influenced her freshly released album “This is not a lullaby.” Find out which Spice Girl Channa wished she could be, as well as advice to new parents during the pandemic.

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Photo credit: Brendon Heinst.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Website: channamalkin.com

Bandcamp: channamalkin.bandcamp.com

Social media: @channamalkinsoprano

 

Julia Ward Howe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Ward_Howe

Episode 48: Katharine Carter “You pick yourself up and off you go again”

Episode 48: Katharine Carter “You pick yourself up and off you go again”

May 7, 2021

Flute player and food blogger Katharine Carter joins me for Episode 48. The parallels between music and food are endless, as you will hear from our chat we had in-person (outdoors, in my garden). We chatted about the types of recipes that get Katharine through her busy days as a freelance performer and teacher, as well as a mother; the value of making mistakes and how music and food are best shared. We also talked about teaching during the pandemic, as well as special travel destinations that as freelance musicians, we are/were very lucky to go to.

Keep listening for a special recipe at the end – perfect for on-the-go musicians (fingers crossed we’ll start being a bit busier soon!)

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Mentioned in this episode:

 

Instagram: @katharineflute

Facebook: facebook.com/Katharineflute

Episode 47: Charles Owen “That’s our duty and destiny”

Episode 47: Charles Owen “That’s our duty and destiny”

April 27, 2021

Taking time out of his busy schedule of being a UK Ambassador for Steinway and Professor of Piano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, concert pianist Charles Owen had a chat with me on the one-year anniversary of the UK lockdown. Charles reminisces about fond times performing at Fidelio café in the summer of 2020 as well as performing down in Cornwall for the St Endellion Festival and International Music Seminar at Prussia Cove before the mess of the pandemic; in addition to challenges that pianists and concert-goers face in the future. As another guest with a liking to 1000-piece puzzles, we talk about the parallels between that, literature, and music-making.

 

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Photo credit: Sim Canetty-Clarke

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

Charlesowen.net

Instagram: @charlesowenpiano

 

Johannes Brahms: A Biography by Jan Swafford https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/479146.Johannes_Brahms

Episode 46: Tine Thing Helseth “I love the result”

Episode 46: Tine Thing Helseth “I love the result”

April 16, 2021

Join me and trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth for Episode 46, where we explore topics such as the wonderful world of Norwegian traditional instruments and the language, attempting to stay motivated during a pandemic and acting our age, whatever that means. Tine also shares her musical journey and recollections that led her to select special pieces for her upcoming album, Magical Memories.

 

Photo credit: Anna-Julia Granberg.

 

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Mentioned in this episode:

 

http://www.tinethinghelseth.com/

Instagram: @tinethinghelseth

Facebook: @tinething

Twitter: @tinetrumpet

Episode 45: Urška and Helena from Duo Furioso “Stay in touch”

Episode 45: Urška and Helena from Duo Furioso “Stay in touch”

March 30, 2021

Episode 45 features three cellists in the room! Two of which, Urška Horvat and Helena Švigelj perform collectively as Duo Furioso. We chatted about having to embody a whole string quartet within the instrumentation of two cellos, POPPER (yep), the challenge of capturing live spontaneity when performing in front of a camera, as well as Urška and Helena’s advice to ensembles for staying motivated during the pandemic. Topics also include sushi, humidifiers (OMG) and having cellos by the same maker.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

Facebook.com/celloduofurioso

 

Instagram: @duo_furioso

 

YouTube: Duo Furioso https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO4-EIyqvxydg-XKKAy9sOg

Episode 44: Anna Tsybuleva “Save your power”

Episode 44: Anna Tsybuleva “Save your power”

March 19, 2021

Episode 44 features international piano superstar Anna Tsybuleva. We chatted about her attachment to nature and the cosmos, recent motherhood, as well as her preparation for Leeds International Piano competition which she won in 2015 with her performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto number 2. This is a piece very close to Anna’s heart, as she managed to record it shortly before the pandemic in 2020. She also shares a very valuable message of saving your power when performing a big work.

 

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Photo credit: Emil Matveev

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

Facebook.com/annatsybuleva

 

Instagram: @anna_tsybuleva

 

First single from Anna’s upcoming album 28th May: smarturl.it/AnnaTsybulevaBrahms

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