Rainer Hersch's Proms in the Pub
Season 1, Ep. 6
What's it like to be asked to compose a new piece for the Proms? I don't know, but Roxanna Panufnik absolutely does, having had her commission 'Songs of Darkness, Dreams of Light ' played at the Last Night in 2018. We chatted about her Polish heritage, how her work draws on complementary religious traditions and I tested out on her my exciting new concept for a game show 'I Wrote It'. And Harry the Piano rounds things off with his jazzy take on Handel.
Season 1, Ep. 16
Tommy Pearson popped over to chat about his time at Radio 3 as their youngest presenter by some decades and his experience of presenting The Proms. We also spoke about how he got to write for Richard Attenborough and meeting TV legend Des Lynman. Harry the Piano treats us to a Franz Liszt version of Darth Vader's Imperial March.
Jonathan Pie (Tom Walker)
Season 1, Ep. 15
In which we're very excited to be joined by actor and satirist Tom Walker, better known as his foul mouthed political TV anchor creation, Jonathan Pie. Tom is a Proms virgin or so he claimed, so together with Harry The Piano, we took him along to experience the fun.
Harry The Piano
Season 1, Ep. 14
I was delighted to invite Harry the Piano into my humble home and talk to him about his genius ability to take audience suggestions of a song to be played in the style of composer and hey-presto Scooby-Doo a la Mozart, or a Beethoven take on the News at Ten theme. We talked about this crossover between classical music and comedy and the few select group of performers who have mastered this art centring on the great Victor Borge.