As It Comes Podcast: Life from a Musician’s Point of View
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!

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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

Episode 2: Madeleine Ridd (part 1) “Nobody has a monopoly on suffering”

Episode 2: Madeleine Ridd (part 1) “Nobody has a monopoly on suffering”

July 12, 2019

Have you ever been hideously late to a gig? I have, regrettably.

This episode is part one of my chat with cellist Madeleine Ridd.  We spoke about food, chamber music, touring, teaching, and Maddy's personal insight into her struggle with mental health. 

This episode also features a hazy "music college didn't prepare me" experience out in the South Pacific nation of Tonga.

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Episode 1: Chad Vindin “Simplify, not stupefy”

Episode 1: Chad Vindin “Simplify, not stupefy”

June 27, 2019

Welcome to Episode 1! Today's guest is Chad Vindin, vocal coach and accompanist at Royal College and Academy of Music, as well as author of the successful Throwcase blog.  What does he actually do? Find out in our chat!

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Mentioned in this episode:

www.chadvindin.com

www.throwcase.com

www.rozznagy.net

www.danielelms.co.uk