Award winning speaker and composer Dr Shirley Thompson is one of the most important composers of a generation.. She is a critically acclaimed classical composer having been commissioned to write for Queen Elizabeths Golden Jubilee, the 2012 Olympic Games ceremony as well as being the first woman to compose and musically direct for a major drama on the BBC.
Nate touches on the life and music of Lord Kitchener, a Calypsonian who wrote about his experiences and observations about 1950-60's London in his music. How important is his music in helping us understand the generation who came over on the SS Windrush?
In this Black History Month special episode, UK alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi tells all about her trailblazing bands including the award winning all female collective Nérija, her love for Jackie McClean, French composers, and how her roots and culture influence her composition.
This was such a great and funny conversation! London based Harpist Alina Bzhezhinska talks about her journey to becoming one of the top Harpists in the UK, discovering the music of Alice Coltrane, working for the King of Thailand plus the joys of motherhood.
Star South African artist Nonhle Beryl wanted to work in a lab before winning a competition to tour America at the age of 14. Now she works at the Lion King Theatre in Germany and discusses her journey there, internet trolls and her love for all things Beyoncé.
Gospel singer Junior Robinson joins the podcast on his birthday and tells all about UK gospel music in the 1980's, and performing in front of 2 Popes at the Vatican. There's a surprise when he tells us he performed with Chaka Khan and met Prince, Stevie Wonder and Marcus Miller!
Akil Henry and Olecia Addo from OneSound sit down and talk about their business, reaching 500,000 views on YouTube and how their faith informs their business. Lots of laughs and valuable business information for any entrepreneurs out there!
US Singer, actor and producer Marshall Titus sits down with Backstage Spotlight to reveal the story behind his move to Hamburg and his claim to fame on Star Search in the 1980's. Music, philosophy and being true to self in this great episode.
SaraJane sits down with Backstage Spotlight to talk about her journey to recording her first album #StepOne, singing backing vocals for one of Germany's biggest stars (Ina Müller), how she connects with her audiences and much much more.
Nora Bite is a Jazz Guitarist from originally from Latvia, now based in London. Since she moved she has performed with artists such as Amy Winehouse, as well as starting up her own weekly jam session. Hear her talk about her journey, learning the guitar, Aikido and finding the right musicians.
Saxophone repairman Rupert Noble has repaired over 17,000 instruments and has a client list featuring some of the best saxophonists in the world. On this episode Rupert Noble became one of the leading saxophone repairers in the UK, his take on the new wave of young musicians, why vintage horns are better than modern ones and the only lick in his repertoire.