What makes a good national anthem? Are they more head or heart? And what would make a great song for London? Alex Marshall, London journalist and author of Republic or Death! Travels in Search of National Anthems, joins Adrian, as well as visiting his roots in the ‘burbs. The people of London get their say, too!
The show is linked from the oldest theatre site in the UK capital to still be in theatrical use, the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. This links to two national anthems with the same tune – those of the UK and Lichtenstein.
Star violinist, west Londoner Jane Gordon speaks exclusively here to Adrian Lacey with a story to tug at, erm, your heartstrings..!
Imagine realising you’ve left your most treasured possession on the train. That happened to Jane recently when she left the station accidentally without her instrument. She picks up the nerve-racking and heartwarming story here while clutching this 300-year-old work of art.
Jane also talks about her upcoming Proms concert in London, plucks a few strings, then you can hear her in an excerpt of a beautiful recording with the celebrated Rautio Piano Trio, of which she is a member.
If London was a person, what would they be like? Adrian has his own thoughts in this pared-down monologue. From reflections on childhood memories in the capital, to today’s crazy house prices, all London life is here.
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London movie icon Michael Caine*, star of well over a 100 films from Alfie to Zulu, gives an exclusive interview to Adrian Lacey in this London Podcast. After talking about Michael’s roots in the capital, they move to a microphone masterclass inspired by Michael’s legendary BBC TV programme Acting for Film (available on YouTube).
From breathing techniques to exploring dynamic range and bilabial plosives, this is a must-listen for any aspiring radio actor, or someone who likes hearing luvvies waffle on about how tough talking for a living is.
Explore Caine’s little known pre-stage career in radio drama, and hear Adrian’s mike technique become noticeably better, albeit at the expense of his face turning slightly blue.
Michael Caine’s Mike Masterclass is sure to become a modern classic of its type and will raise the bar for you when using a microphone, even a telephone.
* Michael bears an uncanny resemblance to actor and mimic Russell Thomas, who in turn bears an uncanny resemblance to Michael Caine. Coincidentally.
London made Shakespeare. This edition celebrates the great Bard of Avon, who died 400 years ago on April 23rd, 1616.
Join Adrian on a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre at Bankside by the River Thames with actress Janet Walker. Hear captivating passages from Richard II and As You Like It performed by Shakespearean actor Keith Dunphy and Sarah Kempton respectively.
Plus, reborn London ‘blogger’ Samuel Pepys meets a mystery manic man with app-itude (played by Russell Thomas) in a ‘most excellent coffee house’ by the Globe.
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside, London, April 2016
Baroque and roll in this edition as we take you into legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s flat in Brook Street, W1 – newly opened to the public. It’s just next door to the house where baroque composer Handel lived 200 years before.
Enjoy a VIP tour inside Jimi’s flat with the director of the venue, Michelle Aland, plus meet the man who met Hendrix: music mogul Rob Dickins sets the scene.
And meet a man who was alive around the time of Handel – London diarist Samuel Pepys. Now alive again(!) he gets a little hot and bothered in Fulham market.
Sir Terry Wogan was one of the UK’s favourite broadcasters over several decades. Here Adrian Lacey interviews him in a never-before-aired exclusive recording from 2013.
Terry looks back over his career which encompassed the television chat show Wogan and his much-loved BBC Radio 2 Wake Up to Wogan breakfast show, both of which were broadcast from London. From interviewing Hollywood stars to creating surreal mind pictures of the DG (director general, i.e. the boss!), Wogan’s warm Irish tones won the nation’s heart.
Whether you’re a lifelong fan or a newcomer, you’ll enjoy hearing him and some of Adrian’s reminiscences of a top entertainer.
Photo (at londonpodcast.net): Sir Terry after his Weekend Wogan radio show, London, February 2013
The UK capital’s oldest purpose-built bookshop, Daunt Books in Marylebone is the setting for a relaxed but revealing conversation with London writer and journalist Matthew Green. His latest book, Aftershock, describes what is often a difficult transition between war and peace for military personnel.
A studio discussion follows with Matthew and Adrian joined by Hilary Horton, a healthcare manager who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after service in Iraq. The condition’s serious, but the discussion includes lighter moments, too.
And there’s humour from 17th-century London ‘blogger’ Samuel Pepys having, er, fun with new communications technology!
Pictures (at londonpodcast.net): Matthew Green in Daunt Books/Hilary Horton in Iraq, 2003