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Ep 03 Stephen Langridge

Ep. 3

In this episode I talk to Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director of Glyndebourne, the amazing opera house in East Sussex.

Stephen talks about taking on his new role just as the pandemic hit and how he navigated through the lock-downs and into now.

Before taking on his current role of artistic director, Stephen was based at Gothenburg Opera in Sweden and I ask Stephen about his collaboration with the Inclusive Arts organisation, Share Music and Performing Arts in creating a new piece of opera/music theater.

We talk about how Stephen became involved in Opera. Stephen's father was the great tenor, Philip Langridge, who, it turns out, also spent time working at Glyndebourne. We talk about inclusive arts practice and we share some stories about our experiences of working together in this field and how it has shaped us both - personally and professionally.

Finally, Stephen tells us about the coming weeks and what you will find at Glyndebourne this season.

You really get a sense of the passion that Stephen has for Opera and very much for Glyndebourne.


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Ep 11 Rachael Perrin and Soundcastle

Ep. 11
This week I am talking with Rachael Perrin from Soundcastle. Soundcastle are an amazing community music organisation, running sustained programs in community spaces, some of which are very discreet and 'Hidden'. Rachael describes this so well for us. Musical Beacons is a program for vulnerable families, often young women with children escaping from abusive situations. People's Music is a program all about adult mental health recovery. Soundcastle's work is often in gaps in current provision and is all about mental health and wellbeing.We discuss the challenges of attracting funding when much of your work, by its very nature, must remain invisible.Rachael tells us about The Soundcastle Community, an online space for community musicians to connect with other but also offering extensive training programs. Rachael describes this as a kind of online Arts centre.Soundcastle also work in sector development, consulting on inclusive practice and lots of training provision, including Mental Health First Aid.It was great to hear about Rachael's own journey into community music and her passion for the work.I was so impressed by our conversation and I raise a glass to Soundcastle's commitment to transparency in all that they do. Happily sharing their business model and all that they have gone through to get to where they are now. True community spirit.Soundcastle websiteThe Soundcastle CommunitySoundcasle LinkedIn All other social media use @SoundcastleTeamEternal GuitarsMy Links