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 - 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.

People of Note - Zakes Mda

One of South Africa's most acclaimed novelists and playwrights, Zakes Mda, has been back in the country to launch his latest book, tantalisingly titled 'The Zulus of New York'.
Zakes Mda has led the sort of life that could quite easily fill the pages of one of his books. From formidable political lineage - he spent time as a boy living in Nelson Mandela Soweto home - then years in exile - to a glittering international writing career based in the United States, where he continued to write about his home country, including some biting satire that could be construed to be about our current politics.

People of Note - Carli Olivier

Back at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay due to public demand is the colourful and exotic show called Recuerdos featuring classical guitarist James grace with the Carli Olivier Spanish Dance company from Sasolburg. This exciting show not only features James’s superb playing, but the dances interact with him in their flamenco style while as a stunning backdrop, there’s the underwater photography of Ilse Moore.

In this week’s edition of People of Note, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to Carli Olivier about the production as well as about the world of flamenco dancing.

People of Note - Manu Herbstein

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note is the award winning author MANU HERBSTEIN who first novel, “Ama, A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade” won the 2002 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for the best first book. Manu is also the winner of the 2018 African Writer’s Award for Children’s Literature. Manu was born near cape Town in 1936 but left South Africa in 1959 and worked as a civil engineer in Ghana. The music he has selected for the programme will reflect his love of Ghana and it’s musicians.

People of Note - Marcin Patrzalek

Rodney Trudgeon has something of a whizz-kid on People of Note this week. MARCIN PATRZALEK is an 18 year old Polish guitarist who is enjoying huge success both on social media and on concert platforms. Marcin is known mostly for his guitar arrangements and compositions which gather over 80 million views on line and he is the winner of a number of prestigious competitions. He also discovered a unique technique that he calles “Acoustic Fingerstyle”.

People of Note - Sir Malcolm Jack

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is Sir Malcolm Jack who, for many years was Clerk Of The House in the British Parliament specialising in constitutional matters. Sir Malcolm is also an author, lecturer and critic and his latest book has just been published. It is called To The Fairest Cape – European Encounters in the Cape Of Good Hope. The book covers the period from Van Riebeeck’s momentous importation of slaves to the official abolition of slavery in the 1830s.

People of Note - Patrick Ryan

Our guest on People of Note this week is a man who made the unusual career switch from advertising agency executive to wild land firefighter. Patrick Ryan can often be seen on the fire-lines on our mountainsides and farmlands with camera in one hand, fire-fighting gear in the other. He'll talk about how global warming is making the fires he encounters even fiercer. Now that we're at the height of the Western Cape's so called "fire-season ', he'll be giving advice on how to stay out of harm's way if you live in a fire-prone area.

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.

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