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Alison Balsom, Fez, Robert MacFarlane

Alison Balsom talks about her new Baroque trumpet album Royal Fireworks. Plus the prize winning music producer who had to write and record a song in 45 minutes.

Alison Balsom, Britain's leading trumpet soloist, talks about her new album Royal Fireworks, a collection of Baroque pieces by Bach, Telemann, Handel and Purcell, played on the "natural" trumpet, a baroque instrument without any valves, which means that each note is made by the shape of the lips.

The inaugural Drake YolanDa British Producer and Songwriter Prize has been won by the jazz musician Fez, who had to compete against other producers to write and record a new song in front of the judges in 45 minutes!

Writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Stanley Donwood talk about their new work Ness, which is part novella, part prose poem and part mystery play, about the land reclaiming a place which once threatened its very existence, an atomic weapons test centre.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Timothy Prosser

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Alison Balsom

Alison Balsom

Alison Balsom's album Royal Fireworks is released on 08 November 2019 as a CD via digital download.

 

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Main image above, and image to the left: Alison Balsom

Images credit: Lizzie Patterson

 

Fez

Fez

Fez is the winner of the 2019 Drake Yolanda Award for British Songwriter and Producer.

Image: Fez

 

Robert Mcfarlane

Robert Mcfarlane

Ness, written by Robert Mcfarlane, and illustrated by Stanley Donwood is published on 07 November 21019 in hardback and as an eBook.

Images: Right: Robert Mcfarlane , credit: Alex Turner, and Left: Stanley Donwood, credit: Colin Greenwood

 

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