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As It Comes Podcast: Life from a Musician's Point of View
This podcast aims to explore life from a musician's point of view: the peaks, troughs and the downright unexpected. Hosted by London-based cellist Davina Shum
Feb 22, 2022
Episode 55: Fred Thomas ”I like to discover new music all the time”
Welcome back to the podcast! (Welcome back Davina, that is) Producer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist/composer/cat lover Fred Thomas is my guest this episode. We spoke about his musical journey, which includes growing up in a household of a former CBSO concertmaster, making music playlists to fall asleep to, as well as how the key to learning lots of musical instruments is learning how to "cheat". Fred also spoke about his pandemic experience, as well as what he'd like to be if he weren't a musician. If you fancy supporting the podcast, you can do so here: ko-fi.com/asitcomespod. Leave me a nice review or rating on Apple Podcasts! Follow and like the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod Featured track: Overture no.3 BWV1068 ‘Air’ Fred Thomas Find out more about Fred's work, including his new album 'Three or One' Instagram: @fredthomasmusic Facebook: @fredthomasukmusic Fred's YouTube Channel Twitter: FredThomMusic Smartlink: https://fans.link/fred thomas music Three Or One: https://ECM.lnk.to/ThreeOrOneFP Find Fred on Bandcamp, Spotify or Apple Music
Oct 19, 2021
Episode 54: Bethany Norman ”You‘re always learning”
We're back! Episode 54 features flute player, pianist, teacher, musician Bethany Norman. We chatted about her anti-climactic graduation from music college mid-pandemic, the challenges of being a recent music grad in the current climate, being versatile (including teaching your secondary instrument) and what Bethany would be if she weren't a musician. If you fancy supporting the podcast, you can do so here: ko-fi.com/asitcomespod. Leave me a nice review or rating on Apple Podcasts! Follow and like the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod Mentioned in this episode: Bethany's Instagram: @bethanynmusic Bethany's website: www.bethanynmusic.com Just Playing It By Ear Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/just-playing-it-by-ear/id1554768830
Jul 27, 2021
Episode 53: George Wakerley aka Confidential 'Give yourself something to look forward to'
George Wakerley aka Confidential joins me for Episode 53. He's a producer of lo-fi hip-hop beats and shared with me the story of his musical journey, struggles with his mental health, as well as being a role model for his son. Content warning: depression, binge eating and suicide. If you fancy supporting the podcast, you can do so here: ko-fi.com/asitcomespod Mentioned in this episode: George's socials: Instagram: @confidential_lofi Facebook: @confidentiallofi Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/confidential_lofi
Jun 18, 2021
Episode 52: Sarah Nicolls and Maja Bugge "Empowered by change"
Pianist Sarah Nicolls and cellist Maja Bugge spoke to me about raising awareness of the climate crisis via their show “Ballad of a Changing World.” Listen to how they collaborated during the pandemic and how they’re able to push the limits of their creativity with Sarah’s Inside-Out Piano and Maja’s enthusiasm for jazz and free improv. We also spoke about the unspoken art of good pizzicato, as well as well-rotted manure (stay with me…) This is not indicative of the quality of the chat, by the way! Like what you hear? Buy the podcast a coffee! ko-fi.com/asitcomespod Mentioned in this episode: https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/whats-on/2021/ballad-of-a-changing-world/ Maja’s socials: Insta: @buggemaja Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cellomaja Website: www.majabugge.com Sarah’s socials: Twitter: @sarahpiano Insta: @sarahpianolife Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarah.nicolls.pianist Website: www.sarahnicolls.com KITTIWAKES: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kittiwake
Jun 8, 2021
Episode 51: Ellie Consta from Her Ensemble "I'm open to change"
Ellie Consta from Her Ensemble joins me for Episode 51. We spoke about how working with pop musicians opened her eyes to the many gender imbalances in the classical music world. Realising the various injustices, she set up Her Ensemble, the UK’s first all-female and non-binary string orchestra to provide a safe space for marginalised genders and create a platform for female and non-binary composers overlooked throughout history. Tune in for chat about how showcasing your vulnerability and learning from your mistakes can promote further growth and progression, as well as Ellie’s pandemic pastime that slightly blew my mind. You’ll also hear about my personal experiences about being interrupted, as well as some interesting facts about composer Germaine Tailleferre. Like what you hear? Buy the podcast a coffee! ko-fi.com/asitcomespod Photo credits: Noëmie Bottiau and Shane Benson Mentioned in this episode: Herensemble.org Instagram: @herensemblemusic Facebook and Twitter: @herensemble https://www.wildcardbrewery.co.uk/ Germaine Tailleferre: https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199757824/obo-9780199757824-0275.xml
May 28, 2021
Episode 50: Sonja Schebeck "Curiosity is the main factor"
Sonja Schebeck joins me for this milestone episode. She’s an Australian violinist based in Vienna, who is also a fire performer as well as the founder and artistic director of The Freestyle Orchestra – an ensemble that combine their skills as classical musicians with their curiosities in other performing art disciplines. Expect acrobatics, theatre, costume design, and much more! We spoke about artistic versatility, keeping your skills alive during lockdown, and Sonja’s recent commemoration of six years being sober. Trigger warning: alcoholism, addiction, substance abuse, some explicit language. Like what you hear? Buy the podcast a coffee: ko-fi.com/asitcomespod Photo credit: Andrej Grilc. Mentioned in this episode: @sonja_schebeck_pyroviolinist @freestyleorchestra Russell Brand documentary “From Addiction to Recovery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2qjvjbjepQ
May 18, 2021
Episode 49: Channa Malkin "Trust whatever comes along"
Soprano and Spice Girls fan Channa Malkin joins me for this episode. We spoke about her experiences of motherhood, which has influenced her freshly released album “This is not a lullaby.” Find out which Spice Girl Channa wished she could be, as well as advice to new parents during the pandemic. Like what you hear? Buy the podcast a coffee: ko-fi.com/asitcomespod. Remember to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts! Give the podcast some love on Instagram and Facebook @asitcomespod. Photo credit: Brendon Heinst. Mentioned in this episode: Website: channamalkin.com Bandcamp: channamalkin.bandcamp.com Social media: @channamalkinsoprano Julia Ward Howe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Ward_Howe
May 7, 2021
Episode 48: Katharine Carter "You pick yourself up and off you go again"
Flute player and food blogger Katharine Carter joins me for Episode 48. The parallels between music and food are endless, as you will hear from our chat we had in-person (outdoors, in my garden). We chatted about the types of recipes that get Katharine through her busy days as a freelance performer and teacher, as well as a mother; the value of making mistakes and how music and food are best shared. We also talked about teaching during the pandemic, as well as special travel destinations that as freelance musicians, we are/were very lucky to go to. Keep listening for a special recipe at the end – perfect for on-the-go musicians (fingers crossed we’ll start being a bit busier soon!) Like what you hear? Buy the podcast a coffee: ko-fi.com/asitcomespod Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts! Mentioned in this episode: Instagram: @katharineflute Facebook: facebook.com/Katharineflute
Apr 27, 2021
Episode 47: Charles Owen "That's our duty and destiny"
Taking time out of his busy schedule of being a UK Ambassador for Steinway and Professor of Piano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, concert pianist Charles Owen had a chat with me on the one-year anniversary of the UK lockdown. Charles reminisces about fond times performing at Fidelio café in the summer of 2020 as well as performing down in Cornwall for the St Endellion Festival and International Music Seminar at Prussia Cove before the mess of the pandemic; in addition to challenges that pianists and concert-goers face in the future. As another guest with a liking to 1000-piece puzzles, we talk about the parallels between that, literature, and music-making. Like what you hear? Buy the podcast a coffee! ko-fi.com/asitcomespod Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe. Give us a like and a follow on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod. Photo credit: Sim Canetty-Clarke Mentioned in this episode: Charlesowen.net Instagram: @charlesowenpiano Johannes Brahms: A Biography by Jan Swafford https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/479146.Johannes_Brahms
Apr 16, 2021
Episode 46: Tine Thing Helseth "I love the result"
Join me and trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth for Episode 46, where we explore topics such as the wonderful world of Norwegian traditional instruments and the language, attempting to stay motivated during a pandemic and acting our age, whatever that means. Tine also shares her musical journey and recollections that led her to select special pieces for her upcoming album, Magical Memories. Photo credit: Anna-Julia Granberg. Like what you hear? Buy the podcast a coffee! ko-fi.com/asitcomespod Remember to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, and gizzus a like and follow on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod. Mentioned in this episode: http://www.tinethinghelseth.com/ Instagram: @tinethinghelseth Facebook: @tinething Twitter: @tinetrumpet
Mar 30, 2021
Episode 45: Urška and Helena from Duo Furioso "Stay in touch"
Episode 45 features three cellists in the room! Two of which, Urška Horvat and Helena Švigelj perform collectively as Duo Furioso. We chatted about having to embody a whole string quartet within the instrumentation of two cellos, POPPER (yep), the challenge of capturing live spontaneity when performing in front of a camera, as well as Urška and Helena’s advice to ensembles for staying motivated during the pandemic. Topics also include sushi, humidifiers (OMG) and having cellos by the same maker. Mentioned in this episode: Facebook.com/celloduofurioso Instagram: @duo_furioso YouTube: Duo Furioso https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO4-EIyqvxydg-XKKAy9sOg
Mar 19, 2021
Episode 44: Anna Tsybuleva "Save your power"
Episode 44 features international piano superstar Anna Tsybuleva. We chatted about her attachment to nature and the cosmos, recent motherhood, as well as her preparation for Leeds International Piano competition which she won in 2015 with her performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto number 2. This is a piece very close to Anna’s heart, as she managed to record it shortly before the pandemic in 2020. She also shares a very valuable message of saving your power when performing a big work. Like what you hear? Buy the podcast a coffee: ko-fi.com/asitcomespod Don’t forget to like and follow the pod on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod. Photo credit: Emil Matveev Mentioned in this episode: Facebook.com/annatsybuleva Instagram: @anna_tsybuleva First single from Anna’s upcoming album 28th May: smarturl.it/AnnaTsybulevaBrahms
Mar 9, 2021
Episode 43: Oliver Davis "Make your own voice heard"
Composer Oliver Davis joins me for Episode 43 to chat about finding his own compositional voice (via 1980s synthesisers), writing for ballet choreography, and the absolute mission of writing, recording and producing his new album Solace during a global pandemic; drawing inspiration from Greek mythology, traveling to the Isle of Bute, and curiously, a game of Scrabble. You’ll also hear about Ollie’s favourite live performance he ever went to! Buy the podcast a coffee! ko-fi.com/asitcomespod Like and follow the podcast on Instagram and Facebook: @asitcomespod. Mentioned in this episode: Oliverdavismusic.com @oliverdavismusic Solace: https://open.spotify.com/album/74VziC5rrMeen3wplY5f5q?si=OFdwRzwaSMG3eAvOJwRenQ Photo credit: Frances Marshall
Feb 26, 2021
Episode 42: Dwight Pile-Gray "Just put your toe in the water"
As a commentary on the times we currently live in, in preparation for some work this week, my nostrils have well and truly been penetrated. Horn player, conductor, researcher and fellow podcaster Dwight Pile-Gray is my guest for Episode 42. He’s the creator of “The Black Maestro” podcast, and recently we chatted about the way the pandemic is changing up approaches to classical music, creating space in the industry and promoting excellence. This episode is also accompanied by a Spotify playlist of Dwight’s musical picks by composers Nathaniel Dett and Florence Price. Like what you hear? Buy the podcast a coffee! ko-fi.com/asitcomespod. Remember to rate, review and subscribe, and give the pod a like and a follow on Instagram and Facebook @asitcomespod. Mentioned in this episode: Dwight’s website: http://blackclassicalmusic.uk/ The Black Maestro Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/0KfWJQ0EUv4RISeh3xUpXV?si=Y4-9ikcNRGK-XWep1vDs_g Episode 42 playlist – music by Nathani…
Feb 16, 2021
Episode 41: Leah Broad "A completely new way of thinking about music"
I had a chat with music researcher Leah Broad recently, about her journey into academia, the thrill of finding new music, and her upcoming book shining a light on four composers: Ethel Smyth, Rebecca Clarke, Dorothy Howell and Doreen Carwithen. Listen and learn a little more about these composers, including which social media platform we reckon they’d be suited to best if they were around today. Accompanying this episode is a special playlist including some pieces from these composers, plus some examples of the British Phantasy – something that I’ve been curious about for a while. Support the podcast at ko-fi.com/asitcomespod, and remember to rate, review and subscribe! Mentioned in this episode: @LeahBroad Leahbroad.wordpress.com Episode 41 playlist: pieces by Smyth, Clarke, Howell, Carwithen, plus some Phantasies: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7etuKGvvpwbVK0FCowBMpO?si=RV2_3WbRT9qxSuZwZs4Viw Laura Sneddon: “British Women Composers and Instrumental Chamber Music in…
Feb 5, 2021
Episode 40: Southbank Sinfonia's Alec and George "Walk away with a new skill"
This episode is all about Southbank Sinfonia, the one-year orchestral fellowship where 33 musicians from around the world come together to embark on a journey of professional development and creative fulfilment. I’m joined by two members of the 2020/21 cohort, Canadian percussionist Alec Joly Pavelich and British viola player George White. We spoke about their unusual situation of being part of the fellowship during the pandemic, what they can’t wait for in 2021, as well as their recommendations for keeping on top of your mental, physical and social wellbeing during this time. As a Southbank alumna, I share with you my (rather lengthy) tumultuous journey from Sydney to London that led me to taking up a place in the 2013 recruit. Special thanks to Marcus Norman and Kate Walker for their assistance in this episode. Support the podcast! Ko-fi.com/asitcomespod All episodes and transcripts here: asitcomes.com Remember to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify Lik…
Jan 26, 2021
Episode 39: Peter Riley "Taking the risks"
Stop! Tax time! Doing your tax return for 2019-20 is a retrospective into another world... Episode 39 features composer, arranger and orchestrator Peter Riley. We met up in person in early-December (back when you could) for an al fresco park podcast, where we spoke about so many topics, including Peter's work arranging and orchestrating for Squarepusher, Pete Tong, Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra, sticking to crazy deadlines, being a musician with a mortgage, and how making music is sometimes like gardening. We also spoke about the lovely distractions that help you get through when life is spent mostly in front of a computer screen. Like what you hear? Support the podcast! Buy me a coffee/some treats for Assistant Purr-ducer Romeo: ko-fi.com/asitcomespod Follow and like the podcast on Instagram and Facebook: @asitcomespod. Mentioned in this episode: http://www.peterrileymusic.co.uk/ Peter’s Instagram and Facebook: @peterrileymusic Twitter: @musicpete YouTube: @musicp…
Jan 15, 2021
Episode 38: Lucy Drever "Stay open"
Welcome to the January slump, 2021 edition! My guest for Episode 38 is Lucy Drever. She’s a workshop leader and presenter who heads up musicianship at the Benedetti Foundation. We chatted in December 2020 about how she got into community-based music making, creating a music making environment with a level playing field, challenging prior perceptions of music education as well as how to stay motivated musically during times of fluctuating restrictions. Find out also about a delightful cheesy snack that you can find if you’re ever in Glasgow. Like what you hear? Remember to rate, review and subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow the podcast on Instagram and Facebook @asitcomespod. Special thanks to Rebecca Driver Media Relations for their help in this episode. Mentioned in this episode: Lucydrever.com @lucy_drever Benedettifoundation.org https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/learning/trainee-music-leader
Jan 5, 2021
Episode 37: Joe Di Fiore "I just kept going with it"
Joe Di Fiore kicks things off for 2021. He’s an American sax and wind player who also composes and arranges. In a fantastic American accent, he shares some helpful tips about setting your home studio for remote recording (seeing as this is the reality for a lot of musos at the moment). We also chatted about the positives of smaller family gatherings, switching between different wind instruments, the importance for composers to have performing experience and being patient. Mentioned in this episode: @joedifioremusic YouTube: JD Winds Mario Kart 8 Big Blue and Mute City Mash up: https://youtu.be/yHe8n9760I8 The Mario Kart Lick: https://youtu.be/3rD-tdEFKlg Joedifiore.com
Dec 25, 2020
Episode 36: Shimpski Christmas Extravaganza
Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Bass player Mark Lipski joins me for this Christmassy, mince pie and mulled wine fuelled conversation. He also happens to be in my household bubble as he is my husband; collectively, we are known as “The Shimpskis”. Think of this episode as an audio Christmas card to you, for you to listen to if perhaps you’re spending Christmas alone or with fewer people than usual, or if you just want to hear voices from outside your own household bubble. We’re here to keep you company! Amidst giggles aplenty, listen to us discuss the weirdness that is 2020, performing with the Phacelia Ensemble in Germany mid-pandemic, the challenges of Zoom lessons, the ideal mango, Daily Romeo, and the differences between Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. Have a happy and safe holiday! Mentioned in this episode: https://www.facebook.com/mark.lipski.92 https://conwayhall.org.uk/event/online-sunday-concerts-phacelia-ensemble/ @phaceliaense…
Dec 15, 2020
Episode 35: Egīls Šēfers "This is part of who we are"
Egīls Šēfers is my guest for Episode 35. He joined me from his home in Riga to chat to me about performing with the Carion quintet during the pandemic, his musical journey growing up behind the Iron Curtain, how global travel broadens one's musical sound, as well as Latvian voices and music-making. We also talk about his hobbies he indulges in away from playing the clarinet and being director of the Latvian Music Information Centre and SKANi Records. These days we seem to have brief slivers of time in which to enjoy sweet live performances, including my experience of finally performing in a chamber concert recently that was a long time in the making. Also featured is a disastrous flag-bearing anecdote from friend of the podcast, Jen Lang (Episode 34) from her time working at St Martin-in-the-Fields church. Got something music college didn't prepare you for? A funny or unexpected gig? Let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org. Special thanks to Victoria Taylor for her assistance in…
Dec 4, 2020
Episode 34: Jen Lang "Joining the dots"
Jen Lang is my guest for Episode 34. As well as recent motherhood, we chat about what led her to her role as Senior Manager for learning, engagement and innovation at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well being a new mother in one of the longest local lockdowns in the world. Lots of laughs in this one, as well as the different ways one can make a musical contribution and providing platforms for musical voices that have previously been unheard. Music college didn’t prepare her for an experience involving rodents, and I’ve also found my new favourite analogy for explaining shifts on the cello. Got an experience that Music College Didn't Prepare You for? Email me: email@example.com Don't forget to like and follow on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod. Mentioned in this episode: MSO Beethoven Bites: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGUc1mZt9dlKZLrfSt5bA6kRC8tSyX6-h All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/B086R6GMMY/ref=atv_…
Nov 24, 2020
Episode 33: Sarah Watkins "Keep those connections happening"
Pianist Sarah Watkins is my guest for this episode. She spoke to me from post-Covid New Zealand, where she's been busy working and performing (remember that foreign concept?) Along with violinist Andrew Beer, she's the winner of the Aotearoa Music Award for her album "11 Frames". We chatted about the state of composition in New Zealand and how multi-culturalism continues to influence New Zealand's musical voices. I've been watching lots of sports matches broadcast with artificially generated crowd noises. What if classical concerts did the same thing? This episode also features a wintery vehicle-pushing Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment. Got a weird gig you'd like featured? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Remember to rate, review and subscribe, plus Like and Follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod. Mentioned in this episode: "11 Frames": https://rattle-records.bandcamp.com/album/11-frames?fbclid=IwAR0ORWD-RAwC-SigJT3IJOfcPQ6fq4tWu6pMo9WY8Baxg31nUDeKQ…
Nov 13, 2020
Episode 32: Violeta Vicci "It's our duty to transport people to a different world"
Episode 32: brought to you from the throes of Lockdown 2.0! Before said lockdown, I chatted with Violeta Vicci in the garden about her livestream performances in nature, interacting with a scenic backdrop through music, and the challenges of setting up a livestream performance outdoors. We also touch on sharing the stage with Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood (swoon) as well as Violeta's passion for motorbikes. Listen out for a Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment involving deluges of confetti and fire alarm system sprinklers (eek!) Like what you hear? Rate, review and subscribe, and gizzus a follow on Instagram and Facebook @asitcomespod. Mentioned in this episode: violetavicci.com @violetavicci
Oct 30, 2020
Episode 31: Daniel Rainey "The most important skills you'll probably ever have"
This episode’s guest is Daniel Rainey, an artist manager for Keynote Artist Management. We talk about how his training as a violinist informs his job, what an artist manager does, how the atmosphere of live music can never replace an online concert, plus lots of various chat about Shostakovich, Catdog and Nintendo 64 (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write). I also share a recent travel fail I had on my way to a rehearsal during Covid times, plus we have a special Music College Didn’t Prepare Me segment courtesy of Molly from the Corran Quartet. Find the podcast at asitcomes.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube and your favourite podcast apps. Don’t forget to subscribe and review! Got something you’d like to share with me? Email me at email@example.com Like and follow the pod on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod Mentioned in this episode: @daniel_rainey_ @keynote_artist_management www.corranquartet.com Music for Silenced Voices: https://www.prest…
Sep 11, 2020
Episode 30: Lucia D'Avanzo-Lewis "Start to be aware of what you're throwing away"
Lucia D’Avanzo-Lewis (not Lucia di Lammermoor) is my guest for this mammoth-sized episode. Lucia’s the author of the Eco Notes blog, and we chatted face-to-face about how reducing waste is like learning a new instrument as well as sharing tips on how to reduce waste and reuse possessions not only in our everyday lives, but also as musicians. I share with you my experience of playing at my first post-lockdown wedding gig, plus we have a stupor-inducing Music College Didn’t Prepare Me contribution. Would you like to contribute? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org Remember to like and follow on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod. Mentioned in this episode: Econotes.co.uk Facebook.com/luciaseconotes Episode 2 for my late-to-a-wedding anecdote and chamberoke: https://asitcomespod.podbean.com/e/episode-2-madeleine-ridd-part-1-nobody-has-a-monopoly-on-suffering/
1 hr 5 min
Aug 28, 2020
Episode 29: Peter Brathwaite "You can't build your life around just practising"
Baritone Peter Brathwaite is my guest for episode 29. We chatted about keeping busy during lockdown, the pressures of putting out content online, adaptability, versatility and transferable skills as musicians, Peter’s recreation of Black portraiture throughout history. Find out also what Peter’s favourite plants are! This episode is brought to you reluctantly by my good friend Writer’s Block and features a Music College Didn’t Prepare Me segment all about early starts and miming. Follow and Like the podcast: @asitcomespod. Instagram: @peter_brathwaite Twitter: @peterbrathwaite Peterbrathwaitebaritone.com
Aug 14, 2020
Episode 28: Xuefei Yang "'Pioneer' sounds really fancy"
Episode 28 features guitar legend Xuefei Yang – we chat about the importance of sleep and exercise for musicians, Fei’s journey to become the first Chinese classical guitarist to reach the world stage (just don’t call her a pioneer) and her new album “Sketches of China”. Find out Fei’s recommendation of what to listen to if you’re totally unfamiliar with guitar repertoire, and what to do if you break a nail before a show. Gyms and fitness centres are now open again in the UK, so this episode opens with my thoughts on what I’ve been doing to keep myself moving, plus we have a Music College Didn’t Prepare me contribution from a sneezing bassoonist. Special thanks to Rebecca and Tessa at Premier Classical for their assistance in this episode. Like and follow on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod Fei’s socials: F : www.facebook.com/xuefeiyang T : www.twitter.com/XuefeiYang I : www.instagram.com/xuefeiyang_guitar Tarrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra: https://www.…
Jul 31, 2020
Episode 27: Justine Cormack "There's just so much wisdom that our bodies have"
My guest this episode is Justine Cormack – a seriously accomplished violinist, creative performance coach and analogy enthusiast from New Zealand. We chat about her move from the city to the countryside, her Grand Designs featured house and her philosophy Listen Feel Play, which focuses on harnessing physical awareness in movement that we can bring to our music-making, by getting out of our heads and listening to, feeling and exploring what’s going on in our bodies instead. Find out about her day of food and her plant-based milk of choice (why does this topic always come up with New Zealanders.) This episode features a Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment involving masks (with a slightly off-the-cuff rant about suffering from Resting B*tch Face) during a rather peculiar summer. Mentioned in this episode: justinecormack.com https://www.actual.ac/project/wanaka-wedge-house/ Animals at Play (not Science of Play, as wrongly mentioned in the chat): https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/…
Jul 17, 2020
Episode 26: Fred and Lily Scott "The gig goes on"
Father and daughter unit Fred and Lily Scott are my guests for this episode. We talk about Fred’s book “One Autumn Day” which covers his experiences of being diagnosed with osteosarcoma or bone cancer at 23, as well as his tale of recovery and survivorship, how having cancer affects your family and your perspective on life, and on a lighter note, our collective obsession with Homebase, Nigella Lawson and food. This episode features quotes from the piano teaching community pertaining to teaching online, as well as my recent venture into livestreaming (eek!) Get in touch at email@example.com. Like and follow the pod on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod. Mentioned in this episode: www.oneautumnday.co.uk Skeletal Cancer Trust: https://skeletalcancertrust.org/about/ Cancer Research UK: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/ @__lilyscott and @fredscottmusic
Jul 3, 2020
Episode 25: Nadine Benjamin "We tell stories"
Happy one-year Podcastiversary! My 25th episode features the wonderful soprano and coach Nadine Benjamin. Listen as she shares her experiences and insights during the pandemic, finding space in breathing and how she found her voice as an opera singer (including how to be a last-minute Tosca). She explains her role as a certified NLP mind and high performance coach and kindly provides some helpful tips for making choices and getting through this difficult time. Music college didn’t prepare us for online music lessons, so we continue our theme of hilarious, relatable and terror-inducing quotes – this time, from the string-playing community. Got a quote or experience you want to share on the podcast? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org Nadinebenjamin.com Everybodycan.com Nadine’s Facebook Live Sessions: facebook.com/NadinBenjamin @nadinebenjaminsoprano Follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod for CATS and talking heads. Remember to rate, review and subscrib…
Jun 19, 2020
Episode 24: Jennifer Pike "It's a long road"
If you’re looking for something to put you through an emotional rollercoaster, just look at what you were doing in last year’s diary. Violinist Jennifer Pike is my guest for this episode. We shared a chat about reassessing life’s priorities in lockdown, our insights on The Lark Ascending, which she’s recently recorded, as well as the power of quiet playing and diversity in programming. Find out what she would be if she weren’t a musician, and also, because I’m in the room, cats. This episode features a mammoth conglomerate of quotes from the music teachers suffering through online teaching during the pandemic, so listen out for that which is hilarious, relatable, and terror-inducing. More to feature in future episodes! Want to get in touch? Email email@example.com or visit the website: asitcomes.com Like and follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod Follow Jennifer Pike: www.jenniferpike.com @jenniferpikeviolin
Jun 5, 2020
Episode 23: Leon Bosch "I could either give up, or I could fight"
Double bass legend Leon Bosch is my guest for this episode. We cover a huge breadth of topics; his journey from South Africa to playing with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, experiencing the essence of music, authenticity within a framework, the session business, and Leon’s passion for long-distance running. Photography by Juno Snowdon. Art direction by Adam Hypki. Mentioned in this episode: leonbosch.com imusicanti.co.uk imusicantipublishing.co.uk
1 hr 1 min
May 22, 2020
Episode 22: Fiona Gibbs "Be as creative as possible"
It’s Mental Health Awareness week, so this episode begins with a few thoughts about mental health. My guest for episode 22 is Fiona Gibbs, a violinist, researcher, lecturer and founder of Orchestra Vitae. This is the last of my chats recorded face-to-face back in March and we talked about setting up your own ensemble so that you get to play Brahms, how the death of a loved one can affect the way you go to concerts leading Fiona to come up with her initiative “Concert Chums”. We also talk about our favourite bits of repertoire, as well as choosing what news to engage with, being cynical and what we can learn from Barry Manilow. Don’t miss this week’s Music College Didn’t Prepare Me segment illustrating a musician working from home in a new job due to Coronavirus. Mentioned in this episode: Facebook: @OrchestraVitae Instagram: @orchestravitae Twitter: @OrchestraVitae Website: http://www.orchestravitae.co.uk/ Fiona’s website: https://www.musicpeopleplaces.com/
May 8, 2020
Episode 21: Jessica Cottis "Always music first"
Don’t feel bad for being unproductive! Australian/British conductor and lepidopterist Jessica Cottis is my guest for episode 21. Listen to what a conductor does during lockdown, her personal story regarding physical injury, and what effective technique she DIDN’T learn in conducting school. Hear our discussion about the “buzz” of live performance, and the parallels between butterflies and music-making – you heard it here first! Don’t miss this episode’s Music College Didn’t Prepare Me segment featuring food extraction from instruments. Got something to share? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Like and follow the pod on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod Photo credit: Kaupo Kikkas
Apr 24, 2020
Episode 20: Jessie Grimes "There's no ceiling in what you can do"
Who would’ve thought that one could do some productive practice during lockdown? Jessie Grimes is my guest for episode 20- she’s a musician who plays the clarinet, works with vulnerable and special needs people and is a presenter. Listen to her chat about how life doesn’t always go the way you planned, making tough career choices, how she maintains her mental health throughout challenging projects, and what she thinks is “the most lesbian thing in the world”. Music college didn’t prepare a whole lot of musicians for working in supermarkets during this difficult time – listen out for some topical anecdotes. Got something to share? Email me: email@example.com Huge thanks to James Bryant for helping me with the sound this episode. Like and follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod for bonus content including cats, outdoor podcasting and poetry. Follow Jessie (even though she doesn’t really use social media) Twitter: @Jessie_Grimes Instagram…
Apr 10, 2020
Episode 19: Robert and Verity Simmons (Estilo String Quartet) "Sh*t Christmas on the forest floor"
Violinist and cellist Rob and Verity Simmons from Estilo String Quartet are my guests this episode for my first ever remote (boozy) podcast recording. Listen to us chat about being festive despite lockdown, performing live by the seat of your pants via social media, imparting a bit of knowledge to one’s offspring from time to time (i.e. homeschooling), and WINE – things we’ve learnt from the “forest floor” from a qualified drinker. Find out also what they can’t live without and miss during these restricted times. This episode was brought to you after possibly the strangest birthday celebration of my life (albeit still rather pleasant). Don’t miss this episode’s Music College Didn’t Prepare Me segment, involving sight-reading, comedians, and karaoke (sounds like the title for a web series). Like what you hear? Rate and review on Apple Podcasts, like and follow the podcast on facebook.com/asitcomespod or Instagram @asitcomespod. Follow the Estilo String Quartet: Fac…
Mar 27, 2020
Episode 18: Rocío Bolaños "Open your mind, maybe?"
Episode 18 is brought to you from lockdown restrictions – you know the drill. My guest is Rocío Bolaños – a clarinettist, experimental and improvising musician who works with Distractfold Ensemble. We chatted a couple weeks ago (it feels like a lifetime ago) about teaching instruments you don’t play, being in the moment while making music, what to say to haters of new music, as well as that time she had to perform as a lung and what she would play if she hadn’t chosen the clarinet. Music college certainly didn’t prepare any of us for lockdown, so thanks to those who’ve shared with me what they’ve been up to recently, which seems to include a whole lot of online teaching. What have you been doing in lockdown? Let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook or Instagram @asitcomespod – at least for the cat and silly video content. Distractfold Ensemble: http://www.distractfold.co.uk/ Photo credit: Dimitri Djuric.
Mar 13, 2020
Episode 17: Amalia Hall "Music improves life quality"
My 17th episode features a chat with an old uni friend: Kiwi violinist and avid consumer of icecream Amalia Hall, whom I caught up with while she was in London Listen to us chat about collaborating with living composers, staying positive and well during travelling, her roles as a soloist, concertmaster of Orchestra Wellington and violinist of NZTrio, and adjusting to your teachers becoming your colleagues. This episode features a very topical "music college didn't prepare me segment" about health and hygiene. Want to feature in this segment? Let me know: email@example.com Follow and like the podcast and Assistant Purr-ducer Romeo's latest antics on Facebook and Instagram: @asitcomespod Rate and review on Apple Podcasts! Follow Amalia on social media @amaliaviolin
Feb 28, 2020
Episode 16: John-Paul Muir "Finding strength, trust and faith in something that anchors you"
Hello to all you wonderful people from around the globe! Kiwi pianist and coffee-drinker John-Paul Muir is my guest in this episode. There is a lot of chat about food and coffee, as well JP’s recent travels, the challenges of teaching and playing in different styles, and his new album “The Cornerstone Suite”. Our “Music College Didn’t Prepare Me” segment is dedicated to the fine art that is depping. Got an experience music college didn’t prepare you for that you’d like to share or have discussed on the podcast? Let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook or Instagram @asitcomespod. Mentioned in this episode: Facebook.com/jpmuirpianist Johnpaulmuir.com
Feb 14, 2020
Episode 15: Tara Minton "Multi-tasking on a ninja level"
Welcome to the first episode of 2020! This has been brought to you following my worst January ever. It never rains, but it pours! Australian harpist Tara Minton is my guest in this episode, whose versatility is illustrated in her ability to play and sing in various styles. We chatted about moving over to the cold of London from the heat of Melbourne, travelling with a harp, gig life, how grade 8 is just the beginning of your musical journey, and Tara's thoughts on harmony. You'll also find out the best gig she's ever played in, and the best gigs she's ever seen. This episode features a Music College Didn't Prepare Me transport disaster that occurred to me in - you guessed it: January. Want to get in touch? Email me: email@example.com Like and follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod Rate and review on Apple Podcasts, I'd be most grateful. Mentioned in this episode: Twitter: @tara_minton Instagram: @taraminton Website: taraminton.com.au (oi oi oi)
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Dec 20, 2019
Episode 14: Daniel Elms (part 2) "Untitled Podcast Episode"
Part deux of my conversation with Jingle Elms is here, including chat about writing music for computer games, geese, swan necks (things took a surreal turn), plus the wildcard question round. Please excuse the nasal congestion on either side of the interview, as I wasn’t very well at the time of recording this. Also featured is a Music College Didn’t Prepare Me segment all about travel. Got an experience that music college didn’t prepare you for that you’d like to share? Tell me: firstname.lastname@example.org or via social media, and I may share it on the podcast, hopefully without a blocked nose. Like and follow le podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod. Mentioned in this episode: Twitter: @danielelms Instagram: @danielelmsmusic www.danielelms.co.uk
Dec 13, 2019
Episode 13: Daniel Elms (part 1) "Just show up"
Composer Daniel Elms is my guest this episode, and next episode, as we shared a lengthy chat in his flat in Hove. We cover topics such as the wonders of various northern UK accents, dealing with composition briefs, anxiety in one's creative process, and how his debut album got signed, landing a UK-wide tour, and the logistics involved in making that happen. This episode's music college didn't prepare me is about TAX because it seems no one knows anything about it until you're in the middle of a hefty tax return amongst a pile of receipts. Mentioned in this episode: https://www.newamrecords.com/albums/islandia
Nov 22, 2019
Episode 12: Sophie Gledhill "This is something I feel I need to do"
You know the times are trying when you sit in silence and have a wee cry. Fortunately, solace can be found in some maternal love. This episode's guest is cellist Sophie Gledhill. We chatted backstage at Snape Maltings about life as a freelancer, long-distance relationships, being emotional, animals, Disney, and Sophie's drive to use music to bring about social change - leading her to take part in the Global Leaders Program and a residency at the Banff Centre. This episode features a Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment that illustrates music in motion for most people involved. Got a weird experience you'd like to share? Tell me: email@example.com Like and follow for bonus material and silly rain-soaked videos: @asitcomespod Mentioned in this episode: rippletank.org
Nov 8, 2019
Episode 11: Mike Ladouceur "If this is the music you wanna make then you just have to make it"
Today’s episode is brought to you from a designated duvet day – necessary for recharging one’s batteries! My guest is Mike Ladouceur – composer and orchestrator. He’s recently released his album of original work “Between Worlds” – on vinyl no less! Find out why Mike chose to release his album via sound installation, what he has to do as a film score orchestrator, and what he’d be if he weren’t a musician. This episode features a Music College Didn’t Prepare Me segment of bowel-shaking proportions. Got an experience that music college didn’t prepare you for that you’d like to share? Let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org Stay up to date with the pod: like and follow on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod Mentioned in this episode: Mike’s album “Between Worlds”: https://phonicarecords.com/product/mike-ladouceur-between-worlds-lp-ml-records/163443 @mike_ladouceur
Oct 25, 2019
Episode 10: Margaret Cookhorn "Yes please!"
We're 10 episodes old! Happy days! This episode was brought to you amongst the chaos and logistics of organising chamber music rehearsals and concerts. Episode 10's guest is Margaret Cookhorn, principal contrabassoon of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. We chat about life as a bassoonist - how it can take years to get your dream instrument, how practice is like Olympic training or saving to buy a house and how to get ahead with your reed-making (clue: husbands). As well as being the first contrabassoon soloist at the BBC Proms, Margaret is also a fellow BBC Radio 3 Time Traveller, so we chat about writing and working in radio. A comedy of errors involving mistaken genders, forgotten instruments, inclement weather and vehicular damage feature in this episode's Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment. Got a rando experience to share that music college didn't prepare you for? Let me know: email@example.com Like and follow the pod on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomesp…
Oct 11, 2019
Episode 9: David Mahoney "You can't afford to wait for the opportunity to come along"
This episode was largely produced on the road - in trains, Travelodges, green rooms, you name it. Busy times - it explains my huskier-than-usual vocal register this episode. My guest is David Mahoney, conductor and founder of the Novello Orchestra, which recently performed a UK arena tour of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Live in Concert. We chatted backstage in a galaxy far, far away (Birmingham) about how he got to where he is now, what he has to deal with onstage while conducting a film score (turns out quite a bit), and the glamorous life of living on a tour bus. Also featured is a titillating Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment of a salacious nature. Got an experience music college didn't prep you for? Tell me: firstname.lastname@example.org Mentioned in this episode: @david_mahoney @thenovelloorchestra FYI Rugby results: NZ vs Canada 63-0 NZ vs Namibia 71-9 Like and follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod
Sep 27, 2019
Episode 8. Lucy Anderson "She'll be right"
Producing today's episode has been an exercise in time management. How do you get everything done when you have a billion things on, and during the Rugby World Cup? #dilemma My guest this episode is my old friend Lucy Anderson, from Wellington, New Zealand. We chat about expat life here in the UK, the Kiwi attitude of tackling whatever may come your way, such as moving countries, language and accent comprehension, finding good coffee, and some of the challenges faced in Lucy's job as assistant company manager at English National Opera (evacuating Kelsey Grammer out of the Coliseum avoiding the paparazzi, anyone?) Don't miss this episode's avian Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment. Got an anecdote or funny story to share? Email me at email@example.com Like and follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @asitcomespod (especially if you like cats and would like to see more of assistant purr-ducer Romeo) Mentioned in this episode: Ensemble Mini Berlin: http://minimahler…
Sep 13, 2019
Episode 7: Elisabeth Streichert "What's the point of feeling alone about this?"
Back to school! Which means back to the land of seemingly unfamiliar students, wacky comments from pupils and having to wake up early again... My guest is pianist Elisabeth Streichert, the Artistic Director of the Phacelia Ensemble - a flexible ensemble which specialises in "Concertos in Miniature" arranged by Elisabeth herself as well as great staples of chamber music repertoire. This conversation occurred in July 2019 during a heatwave, where we chatted about the unexpected delights of German beaches, how concertos are really just chamber music, convincing yourself that your project is a good idea, as well as Eli's struggle with and recovery from physical injury. One to listen to if you have or know someone who's ever endured physical pain - who hasn't? Don't miss this episode's double-reeded Bridezilla Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment! For bonus material such as videos and cats, please Like: facebook.com/asitcomespod Follow on Instagram: @asitcomespod Mentioned in this ep…
Aug 30, 2019
Episode 6: Nina Harries "How do you GO to Purcell?!"
Cellist spots fellow cellist at home train station - THAT SHE DOESN'T KNOW. Commence awkward staring. What do you do, especially if you don't have your instrument, and can't illustrate your solidarity? Nina Harries is my guest this week. We chat about her life as a bassist and vocalist, her musical family, imposter syndrome, working with the Akram Khan company, and her upcoming album. Also mentioned are muddy gigs, carting around double basses, and crying at nature, especially mountains. Don't miss this week's Music College Didn't Prepare Me segment of photographic consequences. Like and follow the podcast for bonus content such as myself playing instruments that I do not play: facebook.com/asitcomespod or Instagram @asitcomespod Mentioned in this episode: Nina's website and socials: www.ninaharries.com @ninaharriesbass 13th September album launch: https://www.hoxtonhall.co.uk/event/nina-harries/ Album preorder: https://ninaharries.bandcamp.com/
Aug 16, 2019
Episode 5. Uchenna Ngwe "C is the key"
Having no work sometimes can be therapeutic! Enjoy it while you can! My guest this episode is Uchenna Ngwe: oboist, cor anglais player and PhD candidate at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She's the founder of PlainSightSound and the Decus Ensemble which aims to uncover music by black British, African and Caribbean composers throughout history. She shares her wisdom about applying for Arts Council Funding, which many people know is not a straight-forward affair. We also chat about cello and oboe idiosyncrasies, clef dyslexia, Beethoven symphonies, and the best concerts we've ever been to. TRIGGER WARNING: there is a short discussion regarding the word MOIST *shudders* As always, don't miss the "music college didn't prepare me" segment. Got an anecdote to share with me? Tell me in preferably more than one word at firstname.lastname@example.org Like and follow the pod of F'book and I'gram @asitcomespod Mentioned in this ep: plainsightsound.com decusensemble.com @decus_e…
Aug 2, 2019
Episode 4: Kate Simko "Ride that wave"
Climate change will be the downfall of working musicians. How do you function as a musician when the elements seem to be battling against you? This episode's guest is the legendary Kate Simko - DJ, film composer and founder of London Electronic Orchestra. Listen as she chats about her fascinating musical path that led her to have foot in both the electronic and classical worlds. Plus don't miss this episode's Music College Didn't Prepare me of lip-sync-worthy proportions. Mentioned in this episode: Kate's "20 Weeks" playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3QeF9NRFoscRqdp3ofAxbM "20 Weeks": http://20weeks-movie.com/ "We Believe in Dinosaurs": https://www.webelieveindinosaurs.net/ Kate's Website: www.katesimko.com London Electronic Orchestra: www.katesimko.com/leo Follow Kate: @kate_simko Davina's BBC Radio 3 Time Travellers segments (70 mins in): https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00070r6 (Douglas Lilburn and the honey) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000767w (Rebecca C…
Jul 19, 2019
Episode 3: Madeleine Ridd (part 2) "Things don't have to turn out the way you planned for it to be okay"
Consuming avocados is a risk if you want to retain your thumbs. Luckily, practising octaves can help. Listen to part 2 of my conversation with cellist Madeleine Ridd - we chat about how she got back into her playing, and her cathartic talent that led to her success outside of music. Plus, don't miss this episode's Music College Didn't Prepare Me! Mentioned in this episode: Millie's Brilliant Birthday Plan: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Millies-Brilliant-Birthday-Plan-Madeleine/dp/1910322679 Follow Maddy on twitter: https://twitter.com/maddyridd
Jul 12, 2019
Episode 2: Madeleine Ridd (part 1) "Nobody has a monopoly on suffering"
Have you ever been hideously late to a gig? I have, regrettably. This episode is part one of my chat with cellist Madeleine Ridd. We spoke about food, chamber music, touring, teaching, and Maddy's personal insight into her struggle with mental health. This episode also features a hazy "music college didn't prepare me" experience out in the South Pacific nation of Tonga. Had an experience music college didn't prepare you for? Tell me! email@example.com Like and follow on Facebook facebook.com/asitcomespod and Instagram @asitcomespod
Jun 27, 2019
Episode 1: Chad Vindin "Simplify, not stupefy"
Welcome to Episode 1! Today's guest is Chad Vindin, vocal coach and accompanist at Royal College and Academy of Music, as well as author of the successful Throwcase blog. What does he actually do? Find out in our chat! Experienced something bizarre that music college didn't prepare you for? Tell me here: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow: facebook.com/asitcomespod or Instagram @asitcomespod Mentioned in this episode: www.chadvindin.com www.throwcase.com www.rozznagy.net www.danielelms.co.uk