People of Note

FINE MUSIC RADIO  |  Podcast , ±54 min episodes every 1 week, 2 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 - Gareth Lubbe

This is Rodney Trudgeon and my guest on People of Note this week is not only an international respected South African viola player, but he is also a master at overtone singing. Gareth Lubbe is a regular guest artist and educator at festivals around the world and prominent composers have written works for his voice as an overtone singer and his extraordinary vocal skills have been recorded for radio, films and even computer games. You may even find him performing on the “compost organ” in the meadows of Germany! Gareth will demonstrate his overtone singing in the course of our interview.

People of Note - Jeremy Boraine

As you know, I recently had a book published and part of the excitement and challenge involved, I found myself fascinated by the whole publication process. So I decided to invite Jeremy Boraine, the publishing director of Jonathan Ball Publishers, to be my guest on this week’s edition of People of Note. Jeremy has worked with a number of South Africa’s top authors and Jonathan Ball Publishers specialises in South African history, politics and current affairs as well as publishing some fiction.

People of Note - Rashid Lombard

This is Rodney Trudgeon and, even though the Jazz Festival has been cancelled, I managed to talk to the founder of the festival all those years ago RASHI LOMBARD, a name which certainly has clout in Cape Town’s music circles. He is the man who put our jazz scene on the world map and for more than a decade he managed to sign up top international and local jazz stars. Rashid is also well known and respected as a jazz photographer and political photo journalist.

People of Note - Liam Pitcher

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note is a truly multi-talented South African composer, musician and teacher. LIAM PITCHER is known primarily for blending elements of classical, electroacoustic and electronica music as well as for his distinctive piano improvisations. In fact he has just released a 10 CD set of his improvisations, and apart from his piano works, he is a percussionist, orchestrator and teaches music theory and aural training. Liam will be featuring some of his work during the programme

People of Note - Gary Matthewman

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is one of the UK’s leading song pianists and, more recently, a conductor as well. Gary Matthewman is a regular artist at London’s Wigmore Hall as well as Carnegie Hall in New York and Vienna’s Musikverein among many other international venues. His recital partners include Dame Kiri Te Kanewa, Joyce DiDonato, Sir Thomas Allen and Sumi Jo. Gary is on a six week coaching residency at Cape Town Opera, largely focussing on coaching the Cape Town Opera Young Artists.

People of Note - David Bester

The Woordfees festival opens in Stellenbosch on 6 March and there is a wealth of music on offer apart from many other genres. One of the performers at the festival is the violinist DAVID BESTER who, apart from his recitals and concerts, is senior lecturer in violin and viola at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth where he founded the Nelson Mandela University String Ensemble. David is passionate about research in string pedagogy and has played with all the major orchestras in South Africa. He has worked closely with people like Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell and Ivry Gitlis.

People of Note - Arno Carstens

In this week’s edition of People of Note, Rodney Trudgeon’s guest will be the award winning singer-songwriter and fine artist ARNO CARSTENS. During his career as the lead singer of the Springbok Nude Girls, and subsequently as a solo artist, Arno has released multiple albums in both English and Afrikaans and has headlined every major South African music festival. He has also appeared at many international festivals and has performed with the Rolling Stones, U2 and The Police.

People of Note - Joseph Pitcher

Pieter Toerien’s production of the Mel Brooks comedy musical THE PRODUCERS has opened at the Theatre on the Bay with an all-star cast led by Alan Committee, Earl Gregory and Terrance Bridgett. The show is directed by Joseph Pitcher who has directed major productions in the UK and internationally and who trained as an actor before becoming a director. He is also the creator of an award-winning board game called Game For Fame which reached the top of the’s best-selling board game list.

People of Note - Shimmy Isaacs

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is the exciting and dynamic young actress, writer, producer and comedian, SHIMMY ISAACS who has won many awards and became the youngest appointed lecturer at the African Film, Television and Live Performance University. Shimmy obtained an international Certificate from the acting school Black Nexus in New York and has performed alongside some of South Africa’s leading comedians, as well as at international venues

People of Note - Bruce Jack

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note is the well-known and much respected wine maker BRUCE JACK who shot to fame with his urban brewery called Flagstone but who is now the owner and winemaker of a more boutique enterprise called The Drift Estate in the Overberg. But it is not only wine on which Bruce concentrates. He spearheads an organisation called the Headstart Trust, established in memory of his mother, Elspeth Jack, and which seeks to provide and promote education and outreach programmes for educational enrichment, especially music education.

People of Note - Terence Bridgett

The next exciting production at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay is the musical The Producers, adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from the 1967 fil of the same name. As in the film, the musical concerns two theatrical producers who decide to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Playing the role of Rodger de Bris is the popular actor Terence Bridgett, well known to television audiences for his role in many soap operas such as Isidingo, where he played Chico Booysens, 7de Laan and Backstage.

People of Note - Dr Jamie McGregor

On People of Note this week, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to Dr Jamie McGregor of Rhodes University about a lecture he delivered recently at the UCT Summer School. The lecture was entitled “A Composer’s Midlife Crisis: Wagner before and after Schopenhauer”. It is generally thought that Wagner was never the same again after encountering the pessimistic philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer midway through his greatest work, The RING. Dr McGregor discusses these and many other aspects of Wagner and his music including illustrations from Wagner’s operas.

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