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 - Christoph Franke

This week’s edition of People of Note was recorded in the main control room of the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall at the Philharmonie in Berlin. This year is the 10th Anniversary of the Digital Concert Hall and their subscriptions come in from all over the world enabling people to enjoy live concerts, recorded concerts, interviews, documentaries and feature films. When I was in Berlin recently I managed to visit the impressive control room and talk to the principal sound engineer, Christoph Franke, about the project.

People of Note - Lizette Chirrime

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is the Mozambican born, Cape Town based artist LIZETTE CHIRRIME whose works are held in a number of collections throughout South Africa, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Her pieces mostly take the form of detailed fabric collages which reflect her sometimes tumultuous life’s journey. Lizette describes her work as a source of healing and a means to foster connection and inspire change. In short, turning tumult into tapestries.

People of Note - Alexander Shelly

A recent visitor to Cape Town was the English conductor Alexander Shelley who was in town to conduct a concert with the visiting German National Youth Orchestra. Alexander is the son of eminent pianist Howard Shelley and is currently music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa as well as Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic in London. He was the unanimous winner of the 2005 Leeds Conductors Competiton and he has been described as the most exciting and gifted young conductor to have taken this highly prestigious award with his immaculate technique and inborn musicality

People of Note - Andrew Pike

In August 1991, excited holiday-makers boarded the Oceanos at East London for what was meant to be a trip of a lifetime. Despite treacherous weather, rogue waves and hurricane force winds, the captain decided to set sail and this led to one of the biggest air rescue operations ever as the ship started to sink with 220 passengers on board. A new book called Against All Odds has been published by Jonathan Ball. It was written by ANDREW PIKE, one of the most senior maritime lawyers in South Africa.

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 - Gina Beukes

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest in the People of Note studio this week is the distinguished South African violinist GINA BEUKES. Gina has been in town for concerts and many people will remember her as concert master of the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra before she went to play in the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic where she works with giants of the podium such as Solti, Haitink, Barenboim and Colin Davis. She has now settled in Belgium where she plays for the leading opera orchestra

People of Note - Peter Finlayson

Quality wines come under the spotlight in this week’s edition of People of Note when Rodney Trudgeon talks to PETER FINLAYSON of Bouchard Finlayson. Peter is renowned for pioneering South African Pinot, as well as putting the Walker Bay Wine Region on the map. He was the first winemaker in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley and his dedication to making the finest wines is illustrated across the range, with emphasis on Pinot Noirs.

People of Note - Mathew Baldwin

A gripping and absorbing play by Tennessee Williams called “In The Bar of a Tokyo Hotel” is being presented in a restaurant and bar at the Vineyard Hotel. It is another in the hugely successful series of Hotel Plays directed by Fred Abrahamse and designed by Marcel Meyer with an exciting cast of 5. One of the actors is MATTHEW BALDWIN who has worked frequently with Fred Abrahamse in productions of Shakespeare among other playwrights. He has also appeared in films and television and was used as a Daniel Radcliffe look alike in the Brothers Grimsby with Sasha Baron Cohen.

People of Note - Njabulo Madladla

The “Voices Of South Africa National Opera Singing Competition” returns to the Hugo Lamprecht Concert Hall in Parow at 3pm on Sunday 28 July. This is the sixth project in the series enabling the training and nurturing of young South African musicians, especially singers. The concert is preceeded by a series of masterclasses in the Baxter during next week. The project is spearheaded by the award winning South African-born, London-based opera singer NJABULO MADLALA.

People of Note - Delia Sainsbury

The Waterfront Theatre School is presenting the rock musical SPRING AWAKENING at the Artscape Arena Theatre until the 20th July. The show is described as “a celebration of rebelliuon – an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll”. DELIA SAINSBURY is the power behind the hugely successful Waterfront Theatre School and many people will remember her unbroken record of over 20 years as a presenter on SABC Tv. Delia writes and produces extensively for corporate theatre and for children.

People of Note - Sven Ruygrok

The latest production at the Theatre on the Bay is a play by Enrico Luttmann called “Family Secrets”. It’s a two hander which stars Dorothy Anne Gould and Sven Ruygrok. In this week’s edition of People of Note, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to Sven Ruygrok about the play as well as about his career both in films – he starred as Rambo in Spud opposite John Cleese and with Orlando Bloom in Zulu, and on the stage. Recently he received critical acclaim for his portrayal as the disturbed teenager in the play Equus.

People of Note - Brendan Argent and Sarah Boyd

A new and fascinating CD has just been released called “Echoes of Sophiatown”. It is a re-creation of a number of the songs which became famous in the jazz clubs of Sophiatown before the apartheid machine declared it a white area. The CD is dedicated to preserving, celebrating and reviving the original music and dance of South Africa’s swing era. The project has been initiated by Cape Town Swing, a non-profit organisation run by a volunteer team of local dancers. The project co-ordinators are Brendan Argent and Sarah Boyd and Rodney Trudgeon invited them into the People of Note studio to talk about the project and to plays some of the music from the new CD.

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