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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.

Release date:

45 minutes

Last on

Tue 29 Oct 2013 04:15

Howard Blake

Howard Blake
‘The Barber of Neville’ is available now on Pentatone Classics / Hybrid Multichannel.

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.

David Greig

David Greig
‘The Events’ is at London’s Young Vic Theatre until Saturday 2nd November and then touring until Saturday 30th November.

Daniel Rachel

Daniel Rachel
‘Isle of Noises’ is published by Picador and available now.

Speech Debelle

Speech Debelle
‘The Strength & Vulnerability Bunker ‘ curated by Speech Debelle is at The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, London until Sunday 1st December.

The Leisure Society

The Leisure Society
‘Alone Aboard The Ark’ is available now on Full Time Hobby.

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 Bragg

Billy Bragg
‘Tooth & Nail’ and ‘Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy’ (30th Anniversary Edition) are available now on Cooking Vinyl.

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.


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