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 - Patricia Schonstein

I wonder if you know what “magic realism” is in literature? Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week uses this technique to enhance her novels and poems. PATRICIA SCHONSTEIN is an author, poet and publisher whose latest book called Thrown Among The Bones is her memoir in which she gives us an intimate glimpse of her life experience and introduces us to her amazing skill with words and atmosphere. Extracts from her 7 novels are included as end notes.

People of Note - Paul Slabolepszy

A new play is opening at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay this weekend. It’s called Fordsburg’s Finest and it was written by and stars PAUL SLABOLEPSZY who is a well- known, award winning South African playwright who has the ability to reflect an authentic South African landscape with its turbulent political background, vibrant cultures and inhabitants. One of his most famous plays was Saturday Night At The Palace. Fordsburg’s Finest also stars Chi Mende and it was directed by Bobby Heaney.

People of Note - Jonathan Lo

Cape Town City Ballet’s spectacular production of Prokoviev’s Romeo and Juliet Ballet is pulling in the crowds at the Artscape Opera House. The Cape Town hilharmonic is being conducted by a dynamic young conductor Jonathan Lo who was born in Hong Kong but who now lives in England. Jonathan is in great demand internationally as a ballet conductor and in fact Dance Europe calls him “the greatest ballet conductor we have in the UK”. Jonathan has certainly made his mark with our CPO who sound magnificent in the pit with this difficult and colourful score. Rodney Trudgeon invited Jonathan Lo into the People of Note studio to talk about his career.

People of Note - Judy Bekker

On People of Note this week, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to JUDY BEKKER, whose new book, Calling The Daughters, has just been published. The book invites us to step into what is described as a sacred wisdom circle of mothers, elder women and daughters as they journey together and dive into the essential and often difficult conversations of womanhood.

People of Note - Prof. Mike Bruton

Prof Mike Bruton a renowned Ichthyologist (the science of fish) his book, "When I Was A Fish", has been hailed for its accessibility. Mike was born in East London, where the first coelacanth was discovered, and studied at Rhodes University in South Africa.
Mike’s research on the freshwater fishes of Africa and the Middle East lead to entanglements with crocodiles, hippopotami, giant snakes and military operations but also allowed him to contribute to international efforts to conserve wetlands and endangered fish species.

People of Note - Mark Anderson

It’s all about birds and birdwatching on People of Note this week when Rodney Trudgeon talks to the CEO of Birdlife South Africa MARK ANDERSON. Birdwatching is an incredibly popular hobby and the organisations has well over 5000 members, many of whom belong to more than 40 affiliated bird clubs. Birdlife’s vision is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, study and conservation of wild birds and their habitats. They are also involved in a number of projects for the sustainability of birds.

People of Note - Fazioli

People of Note this week takes on an interestingly different format. My producer and I went to Ian Burgess Simpson’s Piano Shop in Lakeside where he had just taken delivery of a Fazioli Concert Grand for a local buyer. I invited Francois du Toit and three of his award winning piano students to come along with me and we discussed this amazing piano and all the music in the programme was played by the three students. When they had finished their pieces, I asked each of them what they thought about the piano. Ian Burgess Simson also contributed valuable insights into what makes the Fazioli pianos unique.

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 - Bill Nasson

On People of Note this week, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to one of the three editors of a major new book called New History of South Africa. Since the last illustrated history of South Africa was published, far-reaching changes have affected not only the country, but the writing of history itself. In this new volume, 31 leading south African writers share fresh insights and new approaches to the story of this country. The three editors are Herman Giliomee, Bernard K Mbenga and Bill Nasson. Rodney Trudgeon spoke to Bill Nasson about the huge undertaking that resulted in this magnificent book.

People of Note - Mark Jennings

On People of Note this week, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to the outgoing manager of Fine Music Radio, Mark Jennings who has decided to go to England with his wife to be with his children. Mark became station manager of FMR in 2015 after nearly 40 years of having lived, worked and slept radio. Not only did Mark introduce live broadcasts of the Symphony Concerts from the Cape Town City Hall, but he also worked tirelessly to ensure FMR’s survival during the Covid pandemic.

People of Note - John Scott

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is the veteran and much admired former editor of the Cape Times, column writer and author JOHN SCOTT. His long career in journalism included assignments in Britain, Europe, the United States and Israel and he covered the historic fall of the Berlin Wall. John is probably best known as a satirical columnist and his PS column will turn 50 next year.

People of Note - Schalk van Der Merwe

Cape Town Opera’s production of Mozart’s great opera The Magic Flute opens this coming weekend at the Artscape Opera House. The opera is directed by Magdeline Minnaar and the conductor is the young South African SCHALK VAN DER MERWE, who was the 2019 winner of the Len van Zyl Conductor’s Competition and who has a very busy life conducting orchestras and teaching conducting in Pretoria. Schalk conducted his first opera, Mozart’s The Magic Flute when he was only 23 and is delighted to be conducting The Marriage of Figaro.

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