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The Future

Alfred Brendel on his new book, Odaline de la Martinez turns 70, Martin Yates unearths a major lost work by Vaughan Williams, and Vick Bain discusses her report on gender imbalance.

Tom Service meets Odaline de la Martinez: 70 year-old American composer, conductor and artistic director of contemporary music ensemble Lontano, and tireless champion of female composers. One of the greatest pianists of his generation, Alfred Brendel, has just published a new book - a collection of essays about nonsense called The Lady from Arezzo: My Musical Life and Other Matters, and he talks sense (and nonsense) with Tom. Conductor Martin Yates unveils a newly reconstructed lost work by Vaughan Williams for soprano, chorus and orchestra - he'll be conducting the World Premiere with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. And Tom talks to Vick Bain about her new report on gender imbalance in the music industry - the findings will be discussed with Paul Baxter, manager of Delphian records, and soprano Gabriella di Laccio.

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