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10/11/2011 Wissam Boustany, Aleksander Szram, John Harle, Alec Roth, Vikram Seth

Presented by Sean Rafferty.

Flautist Wissam Boustany has forged a successful international career as a soloist, yet alongside his busy concert schedule is heavily involved with charity initiatives using music to promote peace. He performs live in the studio with his regular collaborator Aleksander Szram ahead of appearances at the Wimbledon Music Festival.

John Harle is best known as a saxophonist and composer, but is also an acclaimed conductor. He talks to Sean from Newcastle about conducting Percy Grainger ahead of his Gateshead concert with the Northern Sinfonia and the Kathryn Tickell Band.

Sean talks to composer Alec Roth and writer Vikram Seth about their fruitful musical collaborations. Since 2006 they have worked together on a project of four major works, and this culminates with the publication of Seth's libretti texts and a premiere concert by Ex Cathedra at Town Hall, Birmingham this month.

Plus "My Essential Symphony" features the legendary singer songwriter Joan Armatrading.

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Thu 10 Nov 2011 16:30

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