If you're interested in exploring Guildhall School activity a little further, why not check out one of our podcasts which feature interviews and discussion about our upcoming performances, conferences, study days and other exciting events. They give more of an insight into what we do, and what it's like to be a part of our community.
You can stream or download our podcasts from soundcloud below, or find them on iTunes.
Listen to our most recent events podcast
14 March 2017: Balm in Gilead
Cast members Mairi Hawthorn, Ruth Ollman and Fode Simbo, lighting designer Jess Bernberg and sound designer Tom Bosworth join us to discuss the School's production of Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead, including what's inspired them in preparing for the production (there was an extensive film list), and some of the challenges of working on a play with multiple on-set conversations happening at the same time.
Balm in Gilead runs in the Silk Street Theatre from 24-29 March 2017. Tickets are available from the Barbican Box Office.
16 February 2017: Dialogue Festival
Sigrun Griffiths, Programme Leader of our Guildhall Artist Masters Programme in Leadership and students Maya Khaldi and Julia Koelmann join us to discuss the inspiration behind the theme of this year's festival (Bedwyr William's exhibition 'The Gulch' at the Barbican Centre), the experience and process of working with a variety of community groups, and how it all fits in to the Leadership course.
8 February 2017: The Same Deep Water As Me
Cast members Jacob Coleman and Mairi Hawthorn and Costume Supervisor Jack Fox join us to discuss our production of Nick Payne's The Same Deep Water As Me, directed by Jo McInness.
We discuss everything frmo the joy of finding characters and subtext through rehearsals to the role of the costume supervisor and their relationship with the cast, and how much corpsing really goes on during rehearsals of a comedy.
2 February 2017: The (Imaginary) Misogynist
We talk to writer & director Tamsin Oglesby and cast members Lucie Fletcher and Luke Thallon about the upcoming Guildhall School production of The (Imaginary) Misogynist, discussing the true story behind the play, what it's like to direct a play that you've written, and the different challenges that a comedy brings after an autumn term of August, The Crucible and Great Expectations.
1 February 2017: Herons
We catch up with the director Lisa Blair, cast members Steffan Cennydd and Samuel Blenkin, and production manager James Asquith to talk about the upcoming Guildhall School production of Simon Stephens' Herons.
We discuss the role of the production manager, the challenges in bringing Herons to the stage and how cast, crew and creative team have prepared for a more intimate and modern production.
17 January 2017: Guildhall String Ensemble with Levon Chilingirian
Levon Chilingirian, Professor of Violin at the Guildhall School, joins us to talk about the upcoming Guildhall String Ensemble concert in Milton Court.
We discuss the wide-ranging repertoire, with the lesser-known Janáček Suite for String Orchestra and Beethoven's great String Quartet No. 14 bookending the British premiere of Tigran Mansurian's Violin Concerto No. 2. We also talk about his experience of rehearsing and performing alongside students, as well as the ever-present excitement of performing on stage.
17 November 2016: Great Expectations
Cast members Rupert Henderson and Amelia Strohm and Sound Designer Robert Matthews join us to discuss our production of Great Expectations, the creative team's process, working with such a large cast and the challenges in bringing such a well-known and well-loved story to life on stage.
31 October 2016: Stravinsky: Mavra // Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
We're joined opera students Bianca Andrew and Joanna Skillett to discuss our autumn term double-bill of contrasting Russian masterpieces, Stravinsky’s Mavra and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
We discuss why these two operas are being performed together, what it's like to prepare for such a contrasting double-bill, the challenges of singing in Russian and the benefits of double-casting.
27 October 2016: Chamber Masters
Ronan O’Hora, Head of Advanced Performance and Keyboard Studies, and Matthew Jones, Acting Head of Chamber Music, join us to talk about the Chamber Masters concert in the Milton Court Theatre. We discuss the concert itself, performing alongside colleagues, and the constant learning experience that is live performance.
Ronan and Matthew will be performing two masterful chamber works - Dvořák’s Piano Quintet and Beethoven's Ghost trio - alongside alongside Guildhall School colleagues Andras Keller and Pablo Hernan Benedi on violin and Louise Hopkins on cello in this special concert as part of our Faculty Artist series.
21 October 2016: Granados - Love and Death, el amor y la muerte...
We welcome Professor Barry Ife, Principal of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, to talk about the upcoming trio of concerts on 26 October celebrating the life and work of Enrique Granados (1867-1916) and mark the centenary of his death. We discuss Granados' work and his place in the pantheon of Spanish composers, as well as his special guest appearance at our final concert on 26 October. The concerts are supported by the Instituto Cervantes in London, the British-Spanish Society, the Spanish Song and Zarzuela Festival and the Embassy of Spain.
11 October 2016: The Crucible
In this episode, we talk to lighting designer Chris Needle and cast members Caleb Roberts and Mary Galloway about the Guildhall School's autumn term production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, a disturbing yet thrilling take on the Salem Witch-hunts of 1692 which still resonates today with the threat we face from irrational ideologies and mass hysteria.
The creative team is made up of director Mike Alfreds, designer Amelia Jane Hankin, lighting designer Chris Needle* and sound designer Sean Mortimer* (*students on the BA (Hons) Technical Theatre Arts programme).
29 June 2016: Curious 2016
Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning presents Curious, an annual showcase of new work produced by students, graduates and professional artists from the Guildhall School.
Taking place between 4-7 July 2016 at the Rose Lipman Building in Hackney, the showcase presents work that responds to contemporary life – from the realities and beauty of the everyday to the political issues of the moment.
Responding to these ideas, participating musicians and artists present an eclectic range of cross-arts work, including performance installations, new experimental and improvised music, spoken word, discussions and a day exploring participatory processes.
We chat to Leadership student Kate Smith to find out more about this very curious event.
27 June 2016: Summer Musical // On the Twentieth Century
Aboard a luxury locomotive travelling from Chicago to New York, a down-on-his-luck theatre producer attempts to rekindle his romance with a glamorous Hollywood starlet and lure her back to Broadway to save himself from bankruptcy. Based on the classic Howard Hawks film of the same name, this madcap 1930s-era screwball comedy catapults full steam ahead with fun and farce in the first-class carriages.
20 May 2016: Martinu opera double bill | Ariane and Alexandre bis
Ariane (1958) is a short opera based on the myth of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur, which reflects Martinů’s great admiration for the celebrity singer Maria Callas (pictured) in the virtuosic style of its title role. Set in Paris, the earlier Alexandre bis (1937) was written when the city was at the centre of Surrealism, a movement that considerably influenced the composer and is reflected in the opera’s curious subtitle, ‘The Tragedy of a Man who Had His Beard Cut’.
We talk to opera students Elizabeth Karani, Milan Siljanov and Josep-Ramon Olive about preparations for the production, which runs in the Silk Street Theatre from 31 May - 6 June 2016.
17 May 2016: Marina Koka - Wigmore Prize Recital Winner
The Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize annually awards an exceptional Guildhall School musician with a Wigmore Hall recital. In this podcast, we chat to this year's recipient, award-winning Japanese pianist Marina Koka about her performance on Monday 30 May 2016. Her recital takes in Beethoven’s virtuosic Piano Sonata No. 3 alongside favourite Chopin nocturnes, before culminating in Ravel’s exhilarating La Valse.
4 May 2016: The Gold Medal 2016
The Gold Medal is the Guildhall School’s most prestigious prize for musicians. This year is the turn of the instrumentalists, who will perform a concerto with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adrian Leaper. We talk to finalists Antonina Suhanova (piano), Oliver Wass (harp) and Scott MacIsaac (piano) about what it means to them to be performing in the competition's climax on Friday 6 May.
4 March 2016: Go, make you ready with Patsy Rodenburg
William Shakespeare’s work changed our theatre, language and even, some say, the perceptions we have of ourselves. His 154 sonnets published in 1609 document his passions, both intellectual and personal. They inform and merge with many of his plays.
Using his sonnets as springboards into his creative and personal life, this new devised piece by Guildhall's Head of Voice Patsy Rodenburg explores the theatre, acting, passions and politics of Shakespeare’s life. Joining us for this podcast are Patsy, co-director Sue Lefton, DSM Ellie Cheyette, and actors Bessie Carter and Akpore Uzoh.
23 February 2016: Drums and Guns with Iain Burnside
The powerful combination of music and literature and the collective talents of three institutions are the foundation stones for an exciting collaborative project led by renowned pianist and Guildhall professor Iain Burnside. Bringing together artists from the Guildhall School, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin and the Juilliard School, New York, Drums and Guns is a devised piece which explores conflict in war and the impact it has on families left behind. This fresh and engaging production commemorates both World War I and the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin.
Drums and Guns is performed at Guildhall's Milton Court Theatre on 12 & 13 March 2016. Find full cast and creative info here.
12 February 2016: Guildhall String Ensemble with Roberto González-Monjas
We're joined in this Guildhall events podcast by one of the Guildhall School’s youngest professors, acclaimed violinist Roberto González-Monjas, ahead of his appearance with Guildhall String Ensemble concert on 19 February 2016.
Schoenberg’s richly expressive Verklärte Nacht lies at the heart of the programme, and the concert opens with Latvian composer Peteris Vasks’s 1983 requiem, Musica Dolorosa. Karl Hartmann’s most famous work, written during the first months of the Second World War, completes the programme.
2 February 2016: Top Girls
The Guildhall School’s spring drama season continues with Caryl Churchill’s 1982 play Top Girls, opening on 8 February in Milton Court Theatre. Written during the rise of Thatcherism, this ground-breaking play explores life in an individualistic society where the few thrive at the expense of the many. Joseph Blatchley returns to the School to direct this production alongside designer Dora Schweitzer.
26 November 2015: Guildhall Big Band with Scott Stroman
John Taylor’s illustrious four-decade career as a pianist, composer and foremost figure in British jazz came to an untimely end with his tragic death in July 2015. The Big Band concert on 27 November at Milton Court, which was originally due to feature John as guest artist, now celebrates his life with a programme that features his music as well as compositions by musicians closely associated with him. We catch up with director Scott Stroman to find out more.
18 November 2015: Lulu
Wedekind described his 1894 play as a “monster tragedy”. Between 27 Nov - 2 Dec in the Silk Street Theatre we present Nicholas Wright’s thrilling and explicit version of the original text, with five actresses sharing the role of Lulu.
30 October 2015: Le donne curiose
The award-winning Opera department at the Guildhall School presents Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s rarely staged opera in Three Acts: Le donne curiose. We talk to cast members Elizabeth Karani, Thomas Atkins and Elgan Thomas about working on the production.
Le donne curiose runs in the Silk Street Theatre from 2-9 November 2015.
21 October 2015: Songs of Solace with Christian Forshaw
Songs of Solace is a musical response to Julie Nicholson’s book, A Song for Jenny, which relates the tragic death of her daughter in the 2005 London bombings.
The music was featured in the BBC dramatisation of the book, which starred Emily Watson and aired in July this year to mark the 10th anniversary. It contains settings of text by Shakespeare, Tennyson, Wheeler Wilcox and from the book of Ecclesiastes, as well as a number of powerful songs without words.
16 October 2015: Mephisto
Directed by the School's Director of Acting Wyn Jones, Mephisto is an adaptation of a novel by Klaus Mann. In pre-war Germany a group of theatre workers face the National Socialists’ rise to power. Some resist, some are caught unawares and some pay with their lives. But one of them, a provincial actor and professed communist, sells his soul to Nazi patronage for popularity, fame and power.
Mephisto is performed by Guildhall final year actors in Milton Court Theatre from 19 - 24 October 2015.
15 October 2015: The Secret Rapture
Directed by Stephen Unwin, The Secret Rapture is set in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain and explores the impact of Thatcherism on personal relationships within the family of a junior government minister after her father’s death. Although written in the 1980s, David Hare’s play remains a timely and important piece.
The Guildhall production of The Secret Rapture runs in Milton Court Studio Theatre from 12-17 October 2015.
24 September 2015: Patsy Rodenburg | Education and Learning through Ancient Wisdom, Humanity, Creativity and Embodiment
Patsy Rodenburg (Head of Voice, Guildhall School) discusses her upcoming event 'Education and Learning through Ancient Wisdom, Humanity, Creativity and Embodiment' with Guildhall's Vice Principal, Professor Helena Gaunt. The event, also featuring Iain McGilchrist (psychiatrist and author of The Master and his Emissary), takes place on Friday 9 October at Milton Court Concert Hall. Book tickets here.