Away with the Fagies
Season 3, Ep. 5
...or 'Eight go to Düsseldorf'. British vocal groups give concerts all over continental Europe all the time. This is a little story about what it's really like to be on one of these trips: I Fagiolini singing at the 'Herne Early Music Days' in Germany on November 20th, 2022. Spinal Tap, eat your heart out.
Tea with Alastair Hume - An original King's Singer
Season 3, Ep. 4
Robert talks to one of the original King's Singers that sang for the group's first 25 years. Countertenor 2 Alastair Hume throws light on those heady days, prime-time TV appearances, the glam (or not) of touring, (singing outdoors under corrugated iron in Darwin Australia but in full tails) and chooses some favourite moments. A happy listen - and a particularly English one (if that's ok with everyone else?)
Season 3, Ep. 3
Helped by a glass of whisky, Robert and Eamonn reflect on their parents' love of music and how that affected them. Music by Flanders & Swann, S.S.Wesley, Victoria, Victoria (de los Angeles) and Byrd.
Robert meets THE YOUTH
Season 3, Ep. 2
How do you start some sort of a career in (choral) singing? Robert meets seven young'uns who have been in the UK business from a few months to a few years and hear their take on it all. Their musical choices range from Caroline Shaw, Bax and weird 17th century polyphony to groups such as Roomful of Teeth, Poeme Harmonique and the Finzi Singers. Recorded on location in Lucca, Italy, the Young Ones are Alice Beverley, Ailsa Campbell, Robin Datta, Alistair Donaghue, Solomon Hayes, Ellie Stamp and Dominic Wallis.)
Season 3, Ep. 1
Eamonn and Robert are back to chew the choral cud - this week about autumnal projects. Music by James MacMillan, Billiam Wyrd, Joanna Marsh, Eoghan Desmond - and J.S.Bach in absolute rip-roaring form: why isn't the Gloria from his F Major Lutheran Mass available on the NHS? Performances by The Sixteen, I Fagiolini, Fretwork and the Gabrieli Consort & Players.
Season 2, Ep. 23
Robert and Eamonn do lazy Poulenc, angry Monteverdi, fizzy Bach and remember a Whitacre moment. Also salad - but why the disgusting rucksack? Featuring The Sixteen, Polyphony and I Fagiolini.
Season 2, Ep. 22
Robert gets out and about, visiting an old flint church in a Kent field on the Pilgrims' Way, with a history of singers (Deller x 2), early music, a puddings fixation and 10 Midsummer concerts. A feast from The City Musick, Fieri Consort, Swingles, the Rameau Project, Marian Consort and the four natural trumpets of Spiritato.
Rachel Joy Staunton
Season 2, Ep. 21
'Tenors and basses - would anyone like to conduct?' Ouch. Meet Rachel Staunton, director of London Youth Choirs. Inclusive by nature: also keen to espouse the chip butty (non-UK listeners, apologies). Inspiring episode and a must for anyone who in interested in what choirs could be and mean!
Season 2, Ep. 20
'And I believe you were once arrested in Ecuador...' Meet tenor Nicholas Mulroy - Monteverdi and Bach specialist but so very much more: the soul of many I Fagiolini projects, thinker about art, assistant director of the Dunedin Consort but with strong musical interests in South America. A joyful episode.