The Classical Top 5
Top 5 Ways Classical Music Should Do Things Differently Post-Lockdown

Top 5 Ways Classical Music Should Do Things Differently Post-Lockdown

May 20, 2020

In this slightly different edition, Tommy, Fiona and Richard are joined by Susanna Eastburn, CEO of Sound and Music, and John Summers, outgoing CEO of the Hallé Orchestra to debate what should change about classical music once lockdown ends. What should the 'new normal' look like for the industry?

Producer: Simon Funnell  

Top 5 Cellists

Top 5 Cellists

May 13, 2020

Special guest Julian Lloyd Webber, former cellist and now Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, joins Tommy Pearson, Fiona Maddocks and Richard Bratby to discuss their Top 5 Cellists past and present. 

Producer: Simon Funnell 

Top 5 Sacred Works

Top 5 Sacred Works

May 6, 2020

This week, Tommy Pearson, Fiona Maddocks and Richard Bratby are joined by one of the world's most performed living composers, Sir James MacMillan, who chooses his Top 5 Sacred Works. 

Producer: Simon Funnell 

Top 5 Works since 1980

Top 5 Works since 1980

April 29, 2020

Tommy Pearson, Fiona Maddocks and Richard Bratby are joined by Director of Music at London's Southbank, Gillian Moore CBE, to choose their favourite classical works from the last 40 years. A massive task!

Producer: Simon Funnell

Top 5 Violinists

Top 5 Violinists

April 22, 2020

Tommy Pearson, Fiona Maddocks and Richard Bratby are joined by superstar violinist Tasmin Little to discuss their favourite violinists, including Heifitz, Oistrakh, Haendel, Kennedy, Jansen and many more!

Producer: Simon Funnell

Top 5 Books About Music

Top 5 Books About Music

April 15, 2020

Tommy Pearson, Fiona Maddocks and Richard Bratby are joined by special guest, writer Philip Hensher, to select their favourite books about classical music, from Tolstoy to Mark Steyn, Berlioz to John Drummond (and much more besides!). 

Producer: Simon Funnell 

Top 5 Conductors: Full Version

Top 5 Conductors: Full Version

April 8, 2020

BONUS Full version of Episode 2 in which Fiona MaddocksRichard Bratby and host Tommy Pearson discuss their favourite conductors, along with special guest Rob Cowan (Classic FM, Gramophone). But who will make the grade?

Producer: Simon Funnell

Top 5 Conductors: Edit

Top 5 Conductors: Edit

April 8, 2020

Fiona Maddocks, Richard Bratby and host Tommy Pearson discuss their favourite conductors, along with special guest Rob Cowan (Classic FM, Gramophone). Who will make the grade?

Producer: Simon Funnell

Music for Lockdown

Music for Lockdown

April 2, 2020

In the first episode of this new podcast series, Tommy Pearson, Fiona Maddocks and Richard Bratby are joined by special guest Stephen Maddock (CEO of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) to offer their Top 5 pieces of music for lockdown. 

 Producer: Simon Funnell

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