181 Keira Knightley, Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, Costa Poetry Winner2019-01-08 20:03:00
Listen
Listen
182 Charlie Brooker on Bandersnatch, Sophie Raworth reveals the Costa Book Award Winners2019-01-07 20:11:00
Listen
Listen
183 Robert Zemeckis, Poet Laureate, The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts2019-01-04 19:59:00
Listen
Listen
184 Brexit: The Uncivil War, JD Salinger Centenary, Tracy-Ann Oberman2019-01-03 20:06:00
Listen
Listen
185 Olivia Colman, Luther, Surgery and embroidery2019-01-02 19:57:00
Listen
Listen
186 Keeley Hawes2019-01-01 20:00:00
Listen
Listen
187 Cultural Quiz of the Year2018-12-31 20:28:00
Listen
Listen
188 An appreciation of the late Amos Oz the Israeli novelist who died today2018-12-28 20:08:00
Listen
Listen
189 As a generation of choreographers pass, we hear from the new generation rising2018-12-27 20:00:00
Listen
Listen
190 Slow radio: Land artist Chris Drury's Morecambe Bay project2018-12-26 19:45:00
Listen
Listen
191 Choirs - a celebration of singing together2018-12-25 19:16:00
Listen
Listen

Choirs - a celebration of singing together

It's estimated that almost three million people in the UK now belong to a choir. Kirsty Lang explores why this might be, and looks at the evidence that singing is really good for us. The Sixteen is a professional choir which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year. It's founder, Harry Christophers, and one of the sopranos, Charlotte Mobbs, talk to Kirsty about starting the choir, changing attitudes towards choral singing, their 2019 plans and their outreach programme, working in communities where arts provision is low. Ten years ago, musician Martin Trotman was approached by the Birmingham NHS Trust to set up a community choir for those with mental health issues. One choir has grown into four choirs, which welcome all members of the community with the aim of promoting mental and physical wellbeing through music and song. Martin discusses why choral singing is so beneficial, and two members of the Birmingham Wellbeing Choir talk to Kirsty about how it's helped them. M J Paranzino is a musician and vocal coach with a passion for community singing. She currently runs four choirs, one in Brighton, one in Hastings and two in London. Kirsty joined M J and members of the choirs when they sang at the V&A in London in the run up to Christmas and discovered that all of human life is in a community choir! Dr Jacques Launay is a lecturer at Brunel University and has done, and continues to do, research into music and social bonding. He explains why our bodies and minds respond so well to singing in a choir. Presenter: Kirsty Lang Producer: Rebecca Armstrong…read more

192 Les Misérables discussed by Andrew Davies, adapter of a new TV version2018-12-24 20:00:00
Listen
Listen
193 Ben Elton on Shakespeare, Call to Action Art, Vanessa Kisuule2018-12-21 20:01:00
Listen
Listen
194 Lin-Manuel Miranda in Mary Poppins Returns, Hip Hop Musicals, Richard Sherman2018-12-20 20:04:00
Listen
Listen
195 Eileen Atkins, Penny Marshall remembered, The Shining, Sister Bliss2018-12-19 19:59:00
Listen
Listen
196 John Malkovich on playing Poirot, Why we cry at films, True crime podcasts2018-12-18 19:59:00
Listen
Listen
197 The Archers' Canterbury Tales, Watership Down, Gremlins - alternative Christmas film, Putin and Rap2018-12-17 20:03:00
Listen
Listen
198 Rita Ora, Writing About Sex, Die Hard at 302018-12-14 20:09:00
Listen
Listen
199 Lee Mack, Magic Mike on stage, Prose poetry2018-12-13 20:00:00
Listen
Listen
200 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Aquaman, Mike Bartlett2018-12-12 20:01:00
Listen
Listen