Listen again: 4th December 2012

Rosie welcomes violinist Amanda Lake and Pete Reynolds, chairman of the London Gay Symphony Orchestra, in the studio. The orchestra has about 60 members and is going into its 17th year! Their Christmas Concert is on December 9th at St Sepulchre-Without-Newgate Church in Holborn, which will include Sibelius’ ‘Finlandia’ and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’. But before that Amanda gives us a little taster on her violin playing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Valse Sentimentale’.

We will also hear from Stephen Ashfield and Craig Fletcher, who play the leads in ‘Boy Meets Boy’, a light-hearted musical set in 1930s London. As Stephen plays the High Society Journalist Casey O’Brien he picks up his role to interview his co-star Craig Fletcher about the piece. Together they tell us what the show is about, what makes it so special, what their challenges are and what Noel Coward might have thought of it.  ‘Boy Meets Boy’ plays at the Jermyn Street Theatre until 20th December.

We have more live music on the show with the Australian singer-songwriter Bridie O’Brien, playing ‘Liar’ on her guitar. She just arrived from Down Under that morning and gives us an exclusive interview. It’s her debut in London, where she’s performing solo, although she works with a band in Sidney. She also tells us how her new album “Highway Heart” came about and the excitement of having a guitar sponsored by Gibbs. Bridie performs at The Bulls Head in Barnes on Wednesday 5th December 2012 and at Charterhouse Bar on 8th December.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1) Patrick Wolf: ‘The Magic Position’ from the album “Sundark and Riverlight”

2) Amanda Lake playing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Valse Sentimentale’ live on the violin – on the podcast

3) Bridie O’Brien playing live: ‘Liar’ from the album “Soft Side Of Dark” – on the podcast

4) Bridie O’Brien: ‘New Year’s Day’ from the album “Highway Heart”

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