61 Virus Art, Naomi Alderman, Angela Barnes2020-04-16 18:56:00
Listen
Listen
62 Sir Patrick Stewart on Shakespeare's Sonnets, Shahnaz Ahsan, Devs2020-04-15 19:15:00
Listen
Listen
63 Russell Howard, Siobhan Miller, International Prize for Arabic Fiction, John Mullan on Northanger Abbey2020-04-14 18:52:00
Listen
Listen
64 Roy Hudd2020-04-13 18:45:00
Listen
Listen
65 Víkingur Ólafsson, Christabel Blackburn, Nitin Sawhney, Audiobooks2020-04-09 18:59:00
Listen
Listen
66 James Graham on Quiz, Braids, changes in the ways we listen to music, and John Prine2020-04-08 19:05:00
Listen
Listen
67 AL Kennedy, Sam Sweeney performs live, lockdown listening habits2020-04-07 18:58:00
Listen
Listen
68 Wordsworth Anniversary, Kerry Shale radio play, Critic Gillian Reynolds, Composer Nainita Desai2020-04-06 19:18:00
Listen
Listen
69 Miles Davis's Bitches Brew, Gaming, Cressida Cowell in the Culture Clinic2020-04-03 18:59:00
Listen
Listen
70 Dua Lipa, Sara Collins, Edinburgh festivals cancelled, Molly O’Cathain2020-04-02 19:02:00
Listen
Listen
71 The Dramatist James Graham2020-04-02 08:34:00
Listen
Listen
72 Soprano Chen Reiss, Theatre Online, National Poetry Competition2020-03-31 18:56:00
Listen
Listen
73 Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson plays live from Reykjavik2020-03-30 19:03:00
Listen
Listen
74 Gloria Gaynor, Offline Arts, film Vivarium and novel Hamnet reviewed, Culture Clinic2020-03-27 20:06:00
Listen
Listen
75 Owen Sheers, Nikita Lalwani, Writing in isolation2020-03-26 20:01:00
Listen
Listen
76 Eliza Carthy, Art galleries and coronavirus, Terrence McNally obituary2020-03-25 20:07:00
Listen
Listen
77 Simon Armitage, Stephen Hough, Chris Riddell on Asterix creator Albert Uderzo2020-03-24 19:56:00
Listen
Listen
78 Rathbones Folio winner, Disney+, Malory Towers on TV, Live performance from National Theatre of Scotland2020-03-23 20:02:00
Listen
Listen
79 Gareth Malone, Contraltos, Louise Wallwein2020-03-20 20:23:00
Listen
Listen

Gareth Malone, Contraltos, Louise Wallwein

It was a call from Dame Esther Rantzen for choirmaster Gareth Malone to bring the nation together under his metaphorical baton that has inspired Gareth’s latest choral idea – The Great British Home Chorus. He talks to Katie about the challenge of creating a virtual choir from amateurs and professionals at a time when we are all being told to keep our distance from each other. The contralto voice used to have a regular presence on opera, recital, and choral stages across this country but in recent decades there seems to be have been a concerted effort to excise this particular voice category with singers, directors, agents, and teachers all turning away from the deep tones this voice can provide in favour of higher and brighter voices. Music critic and writer Jessica Duchen, and founder-director of the Kinder Choirs of the High Peak and a former professional contralto Joyce Ellis, discuss why contraltos have been frozen out and whether it’s time they came in from the cold. The Creative Industries Federation are calling for a Temporary Income Protection Fund for the many hundreds of thousands of freelancers in the creative sector who have seen their contracted work vanish overnight in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis. CEO Caroline Norbury discusses why her organisation wants the government to act now. To celebrate the first day of Spring, Radio 4 has commissioned poets to write new poems marking the arrival of the new season which listeners will be able to hear throughout the day. On Front Row, award-winning poet, playwright, and performer Louise Wallwein will be premiering her new poem. Presenter: Katie Popperwell Producer: Ekene Akalawu…read more

80 Lennie James, Rob Auton, Jess Gillam2020-03-19 20:14:00
Listen
Listen