People of Note

FINE MUSIC RADIO  |  Podcast , ±53 min episodes every 1 week, 3 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 - Ceri Dupree.

One of the world’s leading female impersonators, Ceri Dupree, is in Cape Town to perform at Gate 69, the popular supper club and cabaret venue. Ceri has been described as a magician in high heels, a man at the top of his game. Ceri has been delighting audiences worldwide for almost 30 years and his unique talents have led him through musical theatre, pantomime, television and cabarets.

People of Note - Sylvia Vollenhoven

An interesting new play is about to open at the Arena Theatre here at Artscape. It’s called “Krotoa, Eva Van De Kaap” and is described as a multilingual and intercultural show set in present day South Africa where a South African actress, playing Krotoa, meets a Dutch actor who is playing Jan Van Riebeeck on a film set. The story brings to the stage a neglected and contested aspect of shared history in an innovative way. The play was written by the award winning writer, journalist and film maker SYLVIA VOLLENHOVEN and Rodney Trudgeon spoke to her about her life and the play for People of Note.

People of Note - Kate Normington

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is one of South Africa’s favourite and busiest actresses, Kate Normington, who is perhaps best known for her many roles in musical theatre – most notably Nunsense, Sister Act, Sweeny Todd, Mama Mia and High School Musical to name just a few. Kate has landed the coverted role of The Witch in the Pieter Toerien production of Stephen Sondheim’s magical musical Into The Woods which opens at the Theatre on the Bay on January 31st.

People of Note - David Kramer

David Kramer’s new musical LANGARM is pulling in the crowds at The Fugard Theatre. So much so in fact that the run has been extended to the 3rd of March. On People of Note this week, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to David Kramer about his musical and about his fascination with folk music, as well as the many hugely successful shows which he has written.

People of Note - Prue Leith

This week’s edition of People of Note is a repeat of an interview done 5 years ago when the distinguished South African born British writer, broadcaster and food doyenne PRUE LEITH was visiting Cape Town. Rodney Trudgeon spoke to her not only about her current fascinating life in England, but also about her background in South Africa during the bleak days of apartheid.

People of Note - Raphael Wallfisch

The distinguished British Cellist Raphael Wallfisch paid a visit to Cape Town in November to perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Cape Town Philharmonic. Raphael Wallfisch is regarded as one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage and was born in London into a family of highly respected musicians – his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and his father the pianist Peter Wallfisch. Raphael has recorded nearly every major work for the cello and many of Britain’s leading contemporary composers have written works especially for him.

Raphael Wallfisch will be Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week. Sunday just after the 6pm news and again on Thursday at midday.

People of Note - Sean Bovim

Cape Town City Ballet has revived Sean Bovim’s hugely successful ballet called “SWINGTIME”, which is set in a Swing Club in New York against a New York skyline and which transports the audience to the swing era of the 1930’s. Bovim Ballet is well known for their innovative productions including Queen at the Ballet and Tango Nights.

People of Note - Robert Howell

Matilda The Musical is wowing audiences here in Cape Town and rightly so – it is a superb show and is still a huge hit in London’s West End. The costume and set designer for the show since its inception is ROB HOWELL from England who has won three Olivier Awards, one of them for his innovative set for Matilda which has to be seen to be believed. He also received a Tony Award for his work on the Broadway production of Matilda.

People of Note - Peter Storey

Peter Storey’s life as a prominent South African church leader intersected with some of the most dramatic events in the country’s history - the bulldozing of District 6, ministering to Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, marching with Desmond Tutu when the church took on the might of the Apartheid state and the storm around the murder of the activist Stompie Seipei. But it wasn’t all religion and politics – this remarkable South African also founded the famous telephone counselling service.

People of Note - Adam Sage

Cape Town City Ballet is busy this Festive Season with two exciting ballet productions at Artscape. The first is called The Little Mermaid which is based on the well-known fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. It has been choreographed ADAM SAGE who is currently the Associate Artistic Director at Ballet Phillipines, after enjoying a nearly three decade career that has included performing, teaching, coaching and choreography on four continents.
Adam Sage is Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note.

People of Note - Michele Maxwell

Agatha Christie’s famous thriller The Mousetrap returns to the Theatre on the Bay with an all-star cast. Famously, the play is famously in its 66th year of a non-stop run in London. One of the cast members is the well-known and much loved singer, pianist MICHELE MAXWELL who plays the part of Mrs Boyle.

In this week’s edition of People of Note, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to Michele Maxwell about the play and also about her career which has spanned 45 years so far and which has included many roles in musicals and in plays as well as on television in shows such as Isidingo and Scandal.

People of Note - Perry So

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note is the dynamic young conductor PERRY SO who is in Cape Town to conduct 3 concerts with the Cape Town Philharmonic. Perry So was born in Hong Kong but now lives with his wife in Boston and travels extensively as a guest conductor. He has worked closely with internationally famous conductors such as Esa Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel and Lorin Maazel. His recording of the Korngold Violin Concerto with Alexander Gilman and the Cape Town Philharmonic has won distinguished international awards.

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