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Saxophonist John Harle, The Salesman reviewed, Singer-songwriter ESKA

John Harle on how to play the saxophone, highlights from London Book Fair, singer-songwriter ESKA on getting funding.

John Harle is credited with making the saxophone an accepted instrument in classical music and for inspiring composers such as John Tavener and Sir Harrison Birtwistle to write for it. He's also worked with pop artists like Elvis Costello, Marc Almond and Sir Paul McCartney. After many years training young musicians, he has now collected his insights into a new book, The Saxophone; but can he teach John Wilson to play?

The Salesman won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this year. As it comes to UK cinemas Director of Film for the British Council Briony Hanson reviews the film from Iranian director Asgar Farhadi and discusses if it was a worthy winner.

Music writer Laura Snapes explains what the charts can tell us about the state of pop.

In 2011 the Performing Rights Society Foundation recognised that only 16% of the commissions they were funding involved female music creators and set up a fund to support composers and songwriters. The CEO of the PRS Foundation, Vanessa Reed, reveals their progress, and is joined by ESKA who received support from the fund which enabled her to record her Mercury-nominated album.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Edwina Pitman.

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30 minutes


  • John Harle

    Duration: 10:55

  • The Salesman

    Duration: 06:27

  • PRS and ESKA

    Duration: 06:24

  • Songwriters

    Duration: 03:29

  • John Harle

    Duration: 00:49

John Harle

John Harle
John Harle is in concert at the Barbican on 17 Mar at 7.30 pm 
His book John Harle: The Saxophone is
available now

Photo credit: Nobby Clark
Main image credit: Nobby Clark

The Salesman

The Salesman
Shahab Hosseini: Emad 
Taraneh Alidoosti: Rana 

The Salesman is on at selected Curzon cinemas, certificate 12A


Photo credit: Tummy Touch Music Group


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest John Harle
Interviewed Guest Briony Hansen
Interviewed Guest Laura Snapes
Interviewed Guest Vanessa Reed
Interviewed Guest Eska
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Edwina Pitman




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