Ian is the director of a forthcoming play at the Vesta Tilley Studio, “Glorious!” – or, to give it its full title, “Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst opera singer in the world”
This award-winning production of the play written by Peter Quilter comes to the theatre on May 18th and 19th and comes courtesy of White Cobra Productions
Ian chatted to Pete Phillips about the show, which was recently made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.
Click here to hear the interview between Ian and Pete Phillips.
Olga was born in Russia and from a very early age was introduced to music, listening to her mother playing the piano
Since then she has forged a career in composing, both in her homeland and in her adopted UK, with many tributes to our royal family, the latest being her song for the forthcoming Royal Wedding – the Royal Hollywood Love Song
Olga chatted to Pete Phillips about her career to date and the current composition which, days after its release, has already made it into the classical charts.
You can get more information about Olga and her music here: olgathomascomposer.com
Click here to hear the interview between Olga and Pete Phillips, plus the two tunes Royal Platinum Love Song and Royal Hollywood Love Song
Plenty of things to do as usual at the show this year and plenty of interview opportunities too
From Blue Peter’s Valerie Singleton to Masterchef’s John Torode, from Only Fools and Horses’ Boycie, John Challis, to the cast of Allo Allo, plus a man who created a garden from an egg to another who has created a permanent one in Malvern to celebrate 100 years of the RAF to a lady bringing artisan gin from Scotland to Worcestershire… plus a mass of impressive gardens and flowers, of course, and flying Morgan cars…!
Click here to hear all of the interviews
The man behind the show, which we already broadcast daily on Choice, was back in the studio coming over from Oxfordshire to do a live version with his guests Alex White and, by phone from Lancashire, Dave Gallimore. All sorts of topics were discussed concerning nature, including goat suckers (!) and trail cameras suitable for recording wildlife in your garden or countryside, as well as some music chosen by the guests (including Alex’s mum Debbie, sitting quietly in the corner…)
And good to know we have “one of the nicest studios” that he has had the chance to visit too!
You can get more information about Stuart’s work here:
Wild Man website
You can read Alex’s blog here:
Appleton Wildlife Diary
You can get more information about Dave’s work in Lancashire here:
Wildlife Friendly Gardener
Click here to hear the whole of the show
Ben’s company Our Star Theatre Company has been going only about 18 months but in that time they have staged 6 productions in local venues. The latest – Tapley House – still had four more performances to do before they start a re-run of a previous successful show, Stop! The play.
Ben chatted to Pete Phillips about the company and how he and his fellow collaborators go about putting on the shows in the Three Counties, as well as the other associated things they are involved in such as workshops and Our Star’s Little Stars.
You can get more information about tickets for the shows here:
Click here to hear the chat between Ben and Pete
Nine members of this ever-growing club joined Pete Phillips in the studio for a live session of a shed load of songs from the hundreds which they can play for audiences.
There was plenty of chat between the songs as each member explained how they got involved in the group.
Money raised during the shows is donated to charity and this year the lucky recipients are Worcester Headway. But there are also plans afoot to do something special again this year for Children In Need…
You can get more information about the Club, which meets on Mondays at the Fownes Hotel, and its gig calendar here:
Click here to hear the session, which starts with a song from their album, Five Years On
Click here to see the video of the club playing some of their tunes (.avi format – download it to view)
Particularly appropriate at this time of year, the hospital chaplain David Southall popped in for a chat with David Bower and Megan Oxtoby
One of the Davids was in an especially Christmassy mood…
Click here to hear David’s chat with David and Megan
Michelle is the Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and she popped in to the studio have have a chat with David Bower and Pete Phillips about not only her plans for hospital services in the country but about her background and life in a similar role in Brisbane, Australia – fascinating!
Click here to hear Michelle’s chat with David and Pete
Hot from their success in the two Malvern Theatres Young Company productions of The Crucible and Guys and Dolls, Ben and Toby popped in to chat with Pete Phillips about the shows and to give a timely plug for their latest venture where, as two members of the Our Star Theatre Company (along with Georgia Gill and Jason Johns), they will be presenting a brand new double bill of one-act comedies by David Pollard called Nobbo, which will be in various venues across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire in September, starting with the Elim Arts Centre in West Malvern on 15th.
Click here to hear the pair chatting about the shows and what they have coming up after that.
Mike is a former Worcester postman. You may even recognise him. But a complete change of career, based on his hobby of mountain climbing, means that he is now a Rope Access Technician.
In his new book Knickers, Biscuits and the Dark Arts of Rope Access, Mike bares all (literally!) about the industry and the tightly-knit community of guys you sometimes see dangling from buildings way above your head, the things they get up to and the things they can see through all those windows in high-rise apartments…
He popped into the studio to have a chat with Pete Phillips about the book and the life-changing decision which he made a decade ago (before marriage and children came along…)
Click here to hear Mike chatting to Pete about his change of career