Just The Tonic with Katie Derham


Help Musicians with Lesley Garrett

Season 2, Ep. 3

Soprano extraordinaire and National Treasure Lesley Garrett has had an inspirational career in music. Support from the charity Help Musicians got her back on her feet after she suffered a serious illness in her twenties. She chats to Katie Derham about her work as a Help Musicians' Ambassador and pulls no punches in her view of the lack of government support for the arts.

Like Soweto Kinch and Xhosa Cole, Alicia Hillman is continuing in the tradition of great Birmingham saxophonists. She tells Katie how support from Help Musicians has been vital for her career.

We get a sneak preview of 'We Are One' which The People's Orchestra will be performing at Birmingham 2022 and composer John Koutsalinis tells us about his inspiration for the piece. We hear from Dean Williams from Orchestre Philharmonia Mundi de Montreal who'll be joining The People's Orchestra for their performance and reporter Jamie Parker catches us with players as they rehearse for the big day on Sunday 24th July in Birmingham.

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