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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

29th June




Maurice Ravel, the Master of French Composition


To many listeners, Maurice Ravel is a “one work” composer. That work will already have come to mind, and, inevitably will form part of this programme. But there is so much more to Ravel. We’ll explore some of his fiendishly difficult piano music, (he himself was a virtuoso pianist), and wonder at his mastery of orchestration. Then there are two unconventional one-act operas, infrequently heard these days. Join Hector Walker and discover the marvels of this French master’s world.



22nd June

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15th June

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  • Benjamin: The Ideal Husband, National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba
  • BLISS: Men of Two Worlds, Eileen Joyce, National Symphony Orchestra, Muir Mathieson
  • Ireland: The Overlanders, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Kenneth Alwyn
  • Rawsthorne: Uncle Silas, BBC Phillharmonic, Rumon Gamba
  • Vaughan Williams: Scott of the Antarctic, Margret Ritchie, Philharmonic Orchestra, Ernest Irving
  • Vaughan Williams: Bitter Springs, BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba
  • Alwyn: The Magic Box, BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba
  • Carwithen: Travel Royal, BBC Concert Orchestra, Gavin Sutherland
  • Benjamin: The Conquest of Everest, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba
  • Arnold: The Sound Barrier, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox
  • Walton: Richard III, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner
  • Arnold: The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox
  • Barry: James Bond, Unnamed Orchestra
  • Bennett: Murder on the Orient Express, BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba
  • Nyman: The Draughtsman Contract, Michael Nyman Band

  • 8th June

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  • Bliss; Things to Come, London Symphony Orchesta, Arthur Bliss
  • Benjamin: The Man who Knew Too Much, Abigail Sara, Cor Caerdydd, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Gwawr Owen
  • Bliss: Things to Come, London Symphony Orchesta, Arthur Bliss
  • Britten: Night Mail, Simon Russell Beale (narrator), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Martyn Brabbins
  • Britten: Coal Face, Simon Russell Beale (narrator), Daniel Auchincloss, Adam Green, Mike Flower (Whistler) Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Martyn Brabbins
  • Alwyn: Green Girdle, BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba
  • Vaughan Williams: The People's Land, BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba
  • Walton: Escape Me Never, The Adademy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner
  • Collins: Victoria the Great, BBC Concert Orchestra, John Wilson
  • Walton: Major Barbara, The Adademy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner
  • Berners: Halfway House, Joyful Company of Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra, Rumon Gamba
  • Addinsell: Blithe Spirit, London Symphony Orchestra, Muir Mathieson

  • 1st June

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    25th May

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  • Delius: Florida Suite. Royal PO/Sir Thomas Beecham.
  • Delius: Sleigh Ride. Royal PO/Sir Thomas Beecham.
  • Mozart: Magic Flute - Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Berlin PO/Karl Bohm.
  • May: Der Duft, der eine schoene Frau begleitet. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Fritz Wunderlich, tpt., South West German Radio SO/Willi Stech.
  • Handel: Alcina, HWV34. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Norma Proctor, contr., Thomas Hemsley, bar., Jeanette van Dijck, sop., Nicola Monti, ten., Cologne Radio Choir, Capella Coloniensis/Ferdinand Leitner.
  • Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33. Jacqueline du Pre, vlc., Philadelphia Orch/Daniel Barenboim.
  • Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op.28. Yehudi Menuhin, vln., Philharmonia Orch/Sir Eugene Goossens.
  • Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op.102. Paul Tortelier, vlc., Yehudi Menuhin, vln., London PO/Paavo Berglund.
  • Gade: Jealousy. Yehudi Menuhin, vln., Stephane Grappelli, vln.
  • Sherwin: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square. Yehudi Menuhin, vln., Stephane Grappelli, vln.
  • Puccini: Tosca - Vissi d'arte. Maria Callas, sop., La Scala Orch, Milan/Victor de Sabata.
  • Donizetti -Roberto Devereux, Beverley Sills
  • Bizet -The Pearl Fishers, In The Depths Of The Temple- Jussi Bjorling/Robert Merrill

  • 18th May

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    11th May

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    4th May

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