|Composer Sven Helbig whom we interviewed in October 2016|
Recent interviews have included Anneke Scott the French horn player who specialises in period performance, the genre-crossing pianist Thomas Lauderdale of the band Pink Martini, piano duo Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen, the young conductor Jonathan Berman who recently made his Wigmore Hall debut with Ensemble Modern, conductor John Wilson who is best known for the John Wilson orchestra but whose work encompasses RVW symphonies with the CBSO.
Interviews are normally scheduled to publicise a particular event, but sometimes they occur simply because an artist is happy to be talked to about their career. And interesting things can happen, my interview with Rhian Lois included a fascinating talk about what its like to sing when pregnant. Politics and the state of society have, not surprisingly, cropped up more than once this year. Jan Vogler, the intendant of the Dresden Music Festival was concerned to use the arts to counter the atmosphere created by the anti-Islam demonstrations in Dresden, whilst both conductor Kristjan Järvi and composer Sven Helbig were both concerned with the nature of today's society and the relationship between music, the arts and society.
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