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Born in England, Rodney emigrated to New Zealand in 1950 with his family. A very musical family he, at the age of 9, joined a chidren's choir. The choir conductor suggested he take singing lessons when his voice broke. Joining the local Operatic Society in the chorus he was soon singing leading tenor roles. With little professional work available Rodney returned to England in 1970 to work with The Black and White Minstrel Show. Arriving in Australia in 1974 Rodney joined the Victoria State Ope...learn more


24th May 2018

 3mbs Radiothon 2018


In this Radiothon week join Rodney Phillips along with Rex Williams to  listen to music  from Illuminations programmes from over the past few years.

17th May

Show Playlist
  • Mr. Beveridge's Maggot from John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master' Vol. 3 The Broadside band
  • Vincenzo Rauzzini - String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 2 No. 1 - III Menuetto Tamas Szekendy (fortepiano), Zsolt Kallo (violin), Authentic Quartet
  • Joseph Haydn - Robin Adair, Hob.XXXIa:202 Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, Lorna Anderson (soprano), Jamie MacDougall (tenor)
  • Thomas Arne - Artaxerxes (1762), Act III: The Soldier tir'd Elizabeth Watts as Mandane, The Classical Opera Company, Ian Page, cond.
  • Handel - Jephtha - Act III Scene 1 "Ye sacred priests...Farewell, ye limpid springs and floods" Lynne Dawson, sop., Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  • Thomas Attwood (1765-1838) - A Rose-Bud by my Early Walk (1819), words by Robert Burns University of Glasgow Chapel Choir, cond., James Grossmith Recording by permission of Professor Kirsteen McCue, Professor of Scottish Literature & Song Culture, University of Glasgow
  • Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812) - Duo Concertant for Harp and Pianoforte in E-Flat Major, Op. 69 No. 1 (1810) -I Samantha Carrasco, piano, Kate Ham, harp, of The Austen Trio
  • Anon. - Song from Burns, ‘Their groves of sweet myrtle’ Amanda Pitt, sop., David Owen Norris, Piano (1816 Broadwood, Cobbe Collection)
  • Daniel Gottlieb Steibelt - Grand Concerto Op33 (Piano Concerto No 3, l’orage) E maj. (1799)I Storm rondo (xcrpt) Howard Shelley, Ulster Orchestra
  • William Jackson (1730-1803) - 12 Canzonets, Op. 9 (1770) No. 1. Time has not thinn'd my flowing hair Irene Mas Salom, sop., Emma Kirkby, sop., Mallorca Ars Musicae
  • Thomas Linley the younger - Cantatas & Theatre Music - Tempest (Sheridan) - O bid your faithful Ariel fly Julia Gooding, soprano, Paul Goodwin, oboe, The Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra, directed from the harpsichord by Paul Nicholson
  • Anon - Que j'aime a voir les hirondelles, words anon. Amanda Pitt, sop., David Owen Norris, piano (1816 Broadwood, Cobbe Collection).
  • Handel Overture to Rodelinda (excrpt) David Owen Norris (JB Cramer’s own Broadwood 1816). Recorded at the Music Room, Hatchlands, Surrey, 18-19 November 2009
  • Fairy Dance (arr Mattias Holst, 1769-1854) David Owen Norris, piano (1816 Broadwood, Cobbe Collection).
  • JC Bach (1735 - 1782) Sonata for pianoforte or harpsichord, Op. V No 3 G maj II Theme and varn. (1766) Alec Cobbe. Composer's Zumpe square piano, London 1778
  • Michael Kelly (1762-1826) The Wife’s Farewell, words M G Lewis Amanda Pitt, sop., David Owen Norris, piano (1816 Broadwood, Cobbe Collection).
  • Michael Kelly The Husband’s Return, words: probably M G Lewis John Lofthouse (baritone), David Owen Norris (piano) 
  • Stephen Storace (1762 - 1796) - Tho' You Think By This To Vex Me Philip Anderson, ten., Elizabeth Farnum, sop., Anthony Newman, fortepiano
  • Johann Baptiste Cramer(1771-1858) - Les petits riens (exrpt) David Owen Norris, Cramer’s own Broadwood grand, 1816,Cobbe Collection
  • Ignaz Pleyel Sonatina No.1 in C maj - I Martin Souter, Stoddart square piano, London 1807
  • George Kiallmark (1781-1835) - Robin Adair (xcrpt) David Owen Norris, pianoforte
  • Muzio Clementi - Allegro from Sonatina In F Major Op 38 No 3 (xrpt) Alex Cobbe, Erard sq pf Paris 1787, owned by Queen Marie Antoinette
  • Beethoven (1770-1827) Choral Fantasia op 80 (excrpt) Swedish Radio Choir, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor, Hélène Grimaud, pno, Lone Larsen, chorus master.

  • 10th May

    Show Playlist
  • Eraserhead Side B (Excerpt), Alan Splet
  • In Heaven, Peter Ivers
  • Brubeck: Three to Get Ready. Dave Brubeck Quartet.
  • Barber: Adagio for strings, Op.11. Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Blue Velvet,Main title, Angelo Badalmenti
  • Blue Velvet, Night Streets/Sandy and Jeffrey, Angelo Badalmenti
  • Blue Velvet, Frank Returns, Angelo Badalmenti
  • Blue Velvet, In Dreams, Roy Orbison
  • Wild at Heart soundtrack, Strauss, Im Abendrot (excerpt) Gaewandhausorchestrer Leipzig
  • Wild at Heart soundtrack Dark Spanish Symphony, Angelo Badlamenti
  • Wild at heart soundtrack, Dark Lolita, Angelo Badalmenti
  • Mulholland Dr. Jitterbug, Angeo Badlamenti, The city of Prague Philharmonic
  • Mulholland drive soundtrack, Mullholland dr/Love Theme, Angelo Badalmenti wit hThe City of Prague Philharmonic
  • Linda Scott- Ive told every little star
  • Mullholland dr soundtrack- Llorando (Crying)-Rebekah Del Rio
  • Traditional: Sinnerman. Nina Simone, voc., Nina Simone, pno., Jazz Ensemble.
  • Twin Peaks Theme, Angelo Badalmenti
  • Audrey's Dance, Angelo Badalmenti
  • Dance of the dream man, Angelo Badalmenti
  • Laura Palmers Theme, Angelo Badalmenti
  • Sycamore Trees, Angelo Badalmenti
  • The Voice of Love, Angelo Badalmenti
  • Johnny Jewel- Windsept (Reprise)
  • The Platters - My Prayer
  • The Paris Sisters- I Love how you Love me
  • The World Spins, Julee Crusie, David Lynch and Angelo Badalmenti

  • 3rd May

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    26th April

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  • Various: Sally, Gracie Fields, Unnamed Orchestra
  • Various: Leaning on a Lamp Post. George Formby, voc., Various.
  • Various: Grandad's Flannelette Nightshirt. George Formby, voc., Various.
  • Abraham: Mr Brown, Jack Buchanan, Unnamed Orchestra
  • Various: Everything Stops for Tea, Jack Buchanan, Unnamed Orchestra
  • Various: The Flies Crawled up the Window, Jack Hulbert, Unnamed Orchestra
  • Berners: Champagne Charlie, Mary Carewe (Sop), BBC Concert Orchestra, Rumon Gamba
  • Alwyn: On Approval, BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba
  • Irving: Whisky Galore, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Gavin Sutherland
  • Mozart: Kind Hearts and Coronets, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Gavin Sutherland
  • Cary: The Ladykillers, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Gavin Sutherland
  • Alwyn: The Card, BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba
  • Arnold: Hobson's Choice - Suite. London SO/Richard Hickox.
  • Arnold: Schezetto for Clarinet and Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba
  • Arnold: Comedy Suite, BBC philharmonic, Rumon Gamba
  • Addison (arr. Hanmer): Carlton-Browne of the F.O., march. BBC Concert Orch/Rumon Gamba.
  • Montgomery: Carry On Suite, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Gavin Sutherland
  • Rogers: Carry On … Up the Khyber, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Gavin Sutherland
  • Barry: The Wrong Box, Unnamed Orchestra
  • Rodney Bennett: Four Weddings and a Funeral, BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba

  • 19th April

    No available playlist

    12th April

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  • Rossini: Demetrio e Polibio: Pien di contento in seno;Franco Fagioli;Armonia Atenea;Geroge Petrou;
  • Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers: Ai capricci della sorte;Marilyn Horne andDomenico Trimarchi;I Solisti Veneti;Claudo Scimone
  • Rossini: The Barber of Seville:Cessa di piu resistere;Rockwell Blake;London Symphony Orchestra;John McCarthy
  • Bellini: Norma: Mira O Norma; Christa Ludwig and Maria Callas; Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano;Tullio Serafin
  • Bellini: Norma: Si, fino all'ore estreme; Christa Ludwig and Maria Callas; Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano;Tullio Serafin
  • Donizetti: L'Elisir D'Amore;Una furtive lagrima;Nicolai Gedda;Orch dell'Opera di Roma;Francesco Molinari Pradelli;
  • Donizetti: Don Pasquale;Mi volete fiera;Graziella Sciutti;Tom Krause;Orch of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden;Argeo Quadri
  • Rossini: La Cenerentola;Cenerentola presto;Margherita Guglielmi;Laura Zannini;Teresa Berganza;Paolo Montarsolo;London Symphony Orch;Claudio Abbado;
  • Rossini; La Donna del Lago:Qual suon;Katia Ricciarelli and Dalmacio Gonzalez;Chamber Orch of Europe;Maurizio Pollini;
  • Bellini: I Capuleti e I montecchi;Eccomi in lieta vesta;Eva Mei;Munchner Rundfunkorchester;Roberto Abbado;
  • Donizetti: La Favorite:Me voice donc pres d'elle;Ramon Vargas,Francesco Piccoli,Anthony Michaels-Moore,Vesselina Kasarova;Munchner Rundfunkorchester;Marcello Viotti
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville: Ma signor…zitto, tu; Chorus and Orchestra della Toscana;Gianluigi Gelmetti
  • Bellini: La Sonnambula;Non piu nozze;Francesco Keli, Natalie;Orch de l'Opera de Lyon;Evelino Pido;
  • Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Cesare Siepi, bass, Robert Merrill, bar., Kenneth MacDonald, ten., Ana Raquel Satre, sop., Rinaldo Pelizzoni, ten., Renato Cioni, ten., St Cecilia Academy Orch, St Cecilia Academy Chorus/Sir John Pritchard.
  • Rossini: Mose in Egitto: O toi;Ruggero Raimondi, Salvatore Fisichella;Zehava Gal, Ernesto Palacio;Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Philharmonia Orch;Claudio Scimone
  • Bellini: Norma: In mia man;Maria Callas and Franco Corelli; Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano;Tullio Serafin
  • Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor;Apargi d'amaro pianto;Joan Sutherland;Orch of the Academy of St Cecilia, Rome; Sir John Pritchard
  • Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia: Era desso il figlio mia;Renee Fleming;Orch of St Luke's;Patrick Summers

  • 5th April

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  • Donizetti: Maria Padilla:Il piu tenero suon d'arpa morende;Renee Fleming;Orch of St Luke's;Patrick Summers
  • Donizetti: Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth:Parche mi dica ancora;Joyce DiDonato;Orchestre de L'Opera de Lyon;Riccardo Minasi
  • Donizetti: Rosamond of England: Era ahi lasso;Alastair Miles and Renee Fleming:
  • Donizetti: Zoraida di Granata:Vorrei puni l'altera;Majella Cullagh and Bruce Ford;The Academy of St Martin in the Fields;David Parry
  • Donizetti: Anna Bolena: Ah, dolce guidami;Angela Gheorghiu;Orch of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden;Richard Amstrong
  • Donizetti: Anna Bolena: Coppia iniqua;Maria Callas;Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala Milano;Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Donizetti: L'Elisir D'amore; Udite, udite;Renato Capecchi;Orch dell'Opera di Roma;Francesco Molinari Pradelli
  • Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia;Tranquillo ei posa;Montserrat Caballe;Carlo Felice Cillario;
  • Donizetti: Maria Stuarda;Deh!Tu di un'umile;Joyce DiDonato;Orchestre de L'Opera de Lyon;Riccardo Minasi
  • Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor:Chi mi frena:Alfredo Kraus, Renato Bruson;Edita Gruberova;Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Royal Philharmonic Orch;Nicola Rescigno
  • Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor;Spargi d'amaro pianto;Joan Sutherland; Orchestra e coro dell'Academia di Santa Cecilia, Roma; Sir John Pritchard
  • Donizetti: Roberto Devereux;Qual sangue versato:Beverly Sills;Ambrosian Opera Chorus & Royal Philharmonic Orch;Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Donizetti: Poliuto, excerpts. Jose Carreras, ten., Katia Ricciarelli, sop., Vienna Symphony/Oleg Caetani.
  • Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment:Mes amis;Juan Diego Florez;Orch Sinfonica di Milano
  • Donizetti: Rita;Allegor io son;Juan Diego Florez;Orch Sinfonica di Milano
  • Donizetti: Don Pasquale;Un foco insolito:Fernando Corena;Wiener Staatsopernchor und Orchester;Istvan Kertesz
  • Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix: Ah! Tardai troppo…O luce di quest;Kathleen Battle;London Philharmonic Orch;Bruno Campanella
  • Donizetti: Dom Sebastian: Seul sur la terre; Roberto Alagna;London Philharmonic Orch;Evelino Pido

  • 29th March

    Show Playlist
  • Bellini: I Puritani: Qui la voce;Joan Sutherland;London Symph Orch;Richard Bonynge
  • Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda: Al tua fallo;Lucia Aliberti;Orch of the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Fabio Luisi
  • Bellini: I Puritani: Ate, O cara; Luciano Pavarotti,Joan Sutherland;;London Symph Orch;Richard Bonynge
  • Bellini: La Sonnambula; Lisa Mendace;Sara Mingardo;Jael Azszaretti;Francesco Meli;Carlo Colombara;Orchestre de l"Opera de Lyon;Evelino Pido
  • Bellini: Adelson e Salvini;Dopo l'oscuro nembo;Joyce di Donato;Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon;Riccardo Minasi
  • Bellini: Il Pirata;Col sorriso d'innocenza;Renee Fleming.Orchestra of St luke's;Patrick Summers
  • Bellini: I Capauleti e I montecchi;E serbarta;Ramon Vargas;Munchner Rundfunkorchester;Roberto Abbado
  • Bellini: I Capauleti e I montecchi;Deh tu bell'anima; Vesselina Kasarova;Munchner Rundfunkorchester;Roberto Abbado
  • Bellini: La Sonnambula; Francesco Meli;Natalie Dessay;Orchestre de l"Opera de Lyon;Evelino Pido
  • Bellini: La Sonnambula; ;Natalie Dessay;Orchestre de l"Opera de Lyon;Evelino Pido
  • Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda: Ma la sola;Lucia Aliberti;Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Orch of the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Fabio Luisi
  • Bellini: I Puritani: Son vergin vezzosa;Joan Sutherland;London Symph Orch;Richard Bonynge
  • Bellini: Norma;Casta Diva;Montserrat Caballe;London Philharmonic orch;Carlo Felice Cillario
  • Bellini: Norma:Qual cor tradisti;Maria Callas and Franco Corelli; Orch del Teatro alla Scala di Milano'Tullio Serafin
  • Bellini: Norma:Deh non volerli vittime;Maria Callas,Franco Corelli,Nicola Zaccaria; Orch e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano'Tullio Serafin