Howard Blake, David Greig, Speech Debelle, Daniel Rachel, Miranda Sawyer, Billy Bragg, The Leisure Society
Clive's Walking in the Air with composer Howard Blake, whose career has spanned over 50 years and produced more than 650 works. He is increasingly recognised for his classical works including concertos, oratorios, ballets, operas and many instrumental pieces. Howard talks to Clive about a special celebration of his 75th birthday.
Clive talks to celebrated playwright and theatre director David Greig, whose new play explores the impact of a horrific politically motivated crime on a small community and delves into the nature of forgiveness, reconciliation and understanding. 'The Events' is at London's Young Vic Theatre until 2nd November and then touring until 30th November.
Miranda Sawyer lays down some lyrics with author Daniel Rachel, who was born the summer before The Beatles split up, wrote his first song at the age of 16 and went on to release two albums. His debut book 'Isles of Noises' focuses on some of the UK's finest musicians, who reveal the secrets behind their art in a rare collection of conversations about fifty years of classic British songwriting.
Clive has Speech Therapy with Mercury Prize-winning rapper and social commentator Speech Debelle, whose music has themes of strength and vulnerability. So, she's the perfect curator of an exhibition of art work made by prisoners, secure patients and immigration detainees from across the country. 'The Strength & Vulnerability Bunker 'is at Royal Festival Hall, London until Sunday 1st December.
With music from folk-pop sextet The Leisure Society, who perform 'Fight For Everyone' from their album 'Alone Aboard The Ark'.
And from folk-punk-lefty Billy Bragg, who performs 'Handyman Blues' from his album 'Tooth and Nail'.
Producer: Sukey Firth.
A programme of Howard Blake’s music on his 75th birthday, by Benedict Kloeckner and Howard Blake is at The Music Room, London on Tuesday 29th October.
The Leisure Society
The Leisure Society are touring the UK in November. They’re playing Cambridge Junction 2 on Monday 25th, Queens Social Club, Sheffield on Tuesday 26th and Ruby Lounge, Manchester on Wednesday 27th November. Check their website for further tour dates.
Billy is touring in November and December. He’s playing at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Monday 18th, Derby Assembly Rooms on Tuesday 19th and Colston Hall, Bristol on Wednesday 20th November. Check Billy’s website for further dates.