People of Note

FINE MUSIC RADIO  |  Podcast , ±55 min episodes every 1 week, 4 days  | 
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 - Niel Rademan

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is the highly acclaimed South African singer Niel Rademan who covers genres from folksong to opera. He is also a dynamic theatre producer and his annual festival called Hessequa Harmonie has gone for from strength to strength in the beautiful setting of Heidelberg. This year’s festival, which is almost fully booked already, runs from the 21st to the 25th of September. Niel talks about his incredible enthusiasm for this festival as well as the wide variety of artists whom he manages to attract to the festival each year.

People of Note - Tony Heard

This Rodney Trudgeon and my guest on People of Note this week is the distinguished editor and author TONY HEARD whose latest book called 8000 Days – The Inside Story of an Editor in the Corridors of Power. The book traces the career of Tony after he’d been invited to be a special advisor to Mandela and Mbeki as well as other prominent politicians. Tony Heard was famously fired as Editor of the Cape Times in 1985 after he published an interview with Oliver Tambo who was banned at the time. The book is a fascinating record of how the government works from the inside and I invited Tony into the PoN studio to talk about the book and about his career.

People of Note - Mona Golabek

The Children of Willesden Lane is a multi-layered programme that was presented this past week in collaboration with the Cape Town and Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centres. The programme was devised by the concert pianist MONA GOLABEK, whose book called The Children of Willesden is the moving story of her mother, Lisa Jura. Lisa was one of more than 10,000 Jewish children brought to England during World War 2 as part of the kindertransport – a mission to rescue children threatened by the Nazis.

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 - Thomas Harding

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is the award winning author Thomas Harding whose latest book, LEGACY, is described as a panoramic new history of modern Britain as told through the story of one extraordinary family and one ground breaking company. That company is called J. Lyons and it grew to become the largest catering company in the world. It’s the story of an ascent from rags to riches in the face of poverty, hatred and anti-Semitism.

People of Note - Peter Soal

On People of Note this week, Rodney Trudgeon speaks to Peter Soal who was a Member of Parliament for 12 years. After the 1994 elections, Nelson Mandela sent him to New York where he served as the South African representative on the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations

People of Note - KOBIE van RENSBURG

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note is the internationally famous South African tenor and now opera director in Berlin, KOBIE van RENSBURG. His career has taken him to all the world’s major opera houses and he is in Cape Town for an exciting venture with the project called “SHANDE”. The Songmaker’s Guild in collaboration with Umculo will present two performances of Schubert songs for four singers, piano and video in this new and innovative production described as a dramatic journey in search of atonement and acceptance. Kobie van Rensburg will direct the production.

People of Note - Dr John Hanks

Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to Dr John Hanks who has over 45 years of experience in a wide variety of conservation management and research projects. Among his many important posts have been Chief Professional Officer for the Natal Parks Board and Professor and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Over the last few years, Dr Hanks has been deeply involved with Operation Lock which has been fighting rhino horn poaching in Africa. His recent book about Operation Lock has revealed a number of fascinating controversies surrounding Rhino poaching.

People of Note - Francois Du Toit

Music lovers in Cape Town were treated recently to a musical feast and feat when Francois Du Toit played all 5 Beethoven Piano Concertos over 2 nights in the City Hall with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. The concerts were a stunning success and demonstrated just why Francois is such a superb musician and why he is so loved and admired by Cape Town audiences. The cycle was presented to celebrate his 50th birthday.

People of Note - Brent Meersman

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is the author and journalist BRENT MEERSMAN. Brent is also co-editor of the news organisation Ground Up and his work has been published internationally. One of his latest books is called A Childhood Made UP – Living with my mother’s madness. The book has been described by Zapiro as “cathartic, insightful, funny and most of all, courageous” as it traces his mother’s battle with schizophrenia and his father’s alcohol-fuelled depression.

People of Note - Jocelin Kagan

On People of Note this week I’ll be talking to the author and photographer JOCELIN KAGAN, whose new book, Africa’s Wild Dogs – A Survival Story, is a collection of spectacular photographs of these fascinating animals, a celebration in fact of one of the continent’s most charismatic and endangered predators. Jocelin made it her mission to bring the extraordinary lives of these often misunderstood and maligned animals into the spotlight. The result is a magnificently produced coffee table book with photographs that are truly riveting in their vividness.

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.

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