People of Note

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PROUDLY SPONSORED BY PIETER TOERIEN PRODUCTIONS. People of Note is broadcast on Sunday evening at 6 pm on Fine Music Radio with a repeat on Thusday afternoon at 1 pm, presented by Rodney Trudgeon.

Says Rodney: “There are a number of fascinating people who pass through Cape Town and I’ve always felt there to be a need for a programme that allows an in-depth discussion with these personalities. Whether their fields are music, literature, theatre, dance, opera or even politics and economics, we’ll invite them into the studio to talk about their lives, inspirations and role models, among other things.
“Rather like the famous BBC programme, Desert Island Discs, I’ll ask my guests to bring with them their six or seven favourite pieces of music to share with us.”

Among the long list of guests on the programme so far have been people such as Rhoda Kadalie, Lord Robin Renwick, Petronel Malan, Pieter Dirk Uys, Ruby Wax, Jonathan Roxmouth, Imam Rashied Omar and many more.

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People of Note - Marc Lottering

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note is one of the country’s most successful and much loved comedians, MARC LOTTERING, who has won multiple Fleur du Cap Awards and a Vita Award and his full ensemble musical Aunty Merle The Musical played for three sold out seasons in Cape Town and in Johannesburg. Marc is back at the Theatre on the Bay with his one man stand-up comedy show called Not A Musical and Rodney spoke to him about the show and his life as a comedian.

People of Note - Daniel Ciobanu

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note is the exciting young Romanian pianist DANIEL CIOBANU who was in Cape Town recently to perform with the Cape Town Philharmonic and at the Cape Town Concert Series. Daniel won the prestigious UNISA International Piano Competition in 2014, but he has also won a number of top international prizes and a critic once said of him that he forces his listeners to rethink the way that a piece of music may be engraved in his mind and that he has a blinding technique.

People of Note - John Kani

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note is the distinguished South African actor JOHN KANI. John’s extraordinary career has led to countless awards and honours both locally and internationally and in 2015 the Market Theatre in Johannesburg re-named their main theatre the John Kani Theatre. In 2004 John Kani was voted as among the Top 100 Great South Africans. His latest play Kunene and the King – a co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Fugard Theatre – has just completed a hugely successful and critically acclaimed season at the Fugard with Sir Anthony Sher starring opposite John.

People of Note - Ryk Neethling

One of South Africa’s iconic sportsmen, Ryk Neethling will be Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note. Famously, Ryk won an Olympic Gold Medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics followed by a number of other prestigious international awards and medals. He went on to study in Arizona in the United States and currently works with athletes and swimmers setting them up for life after competitive sport and is CEO of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa which focuses on safety in the water.

Ryk is now shareholder and marketing director of Val de Vie Estate – a luxury property development in Franschoek

People of Note - Priscilla Holmes

On People of Note this week, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to Priscilla Holmes who has set up a group of six enthusiastic women all of whom write under the title “The Write Girls” – write spelt w r I t e. Their latest novel is called In Dire Straits and the obvious question is how can six women possibly write a novel together. But, it seems to work and it’s a fascinating story

People of Note - Jeremy Silver

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note is the newly appointed Director of the UCT Opera School, Jeremy Silver. Jeremy will also be conducting the Bellini opera I Capuletti A E Montecci for the opera school and Cape Town Opera which opens on 15th May.

Jeremy studied languages and music at Clare College Cambridge and conducting at the Royal Collge of Music in London and has extensive experience as an opera conductor. He has also appeared regularly in South Africa.

People of Note - Allison Foat

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is one of Cape Town’s most dynamic and glamourous theatre publicists and travel writers ALLISON FOAT. Allison has had an exciting career first as a principal dancer with Capab and Pact Ballet as well as Manhattan Ballet in New York and has danced lead roles in six Balanchine. Allison is in great demand as a travel and lifestyle journalist, quite apart from her work with many of theatre’s most exciting shows.

People of Note - Christine Crouse

The hugely popular Suid Ooster Fees opens at the Artscape Theatre Complex on 25 April and runs until 1 May with a host of productions. One of the highlights will undoubtedly be Franz Lehar’s evergreen operetta, The Merry Widow which has one performance only at the Artscape Opera House on 27 April. The production is directed by the veteran opera director Christine Crouse who spent many years at Cape Town Opera and who is now a freelance director.

People of Note - Marius Coetzee

In this week’s edition of People of Note, the focus will be on music in Bloemfontein and, more specifically, the exciting activities at the music school of the Free State University. Rodney Trudgeon’s guest will be MARIUS COETZEE who wears many hats but who is also the founder and Artistic Director of the OSM Camerata, a group of young musicians who have garnered many awards both locally and internationally. The orchestra serves as a feasible incubator to help nurture fully rounded musicians who are then thoroughly prepared for the demands of their trade as orchestral musicians, soloists and conductors.

People of Note - Ben Schoeman

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note is one of South Africa’s foremost pianists who has won numerous awards both locally and internationally, BEN SCHOEMAN. Ben has played in some of the world’s finest concert halls such as Wigmore and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Schloss Moritzburg in Dresden as well as at festivals in Italy, Switzerland and Canada.

People of Note - Graham Hopkins

Peter Shaffer’s award winning play EQUUS has just opened at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay and in this week’s edition of People of Note, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to GRAHAM HOPKINS who plays the daunting role of the child psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart. Graham is one of this country’s most versatile and distinguished actors with a string of awards to his name from the world of films, television and stage.

People of Note is broadcast on Sunday just after the 6pm news and again on Thursday at midday.

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