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Robert Emery is a conductor, pianist, composer and record producer. The Times called him 'the eccentric barefooted maestro' and the Mail quoted that 'the assured baton was controlled by the rather energetic and brilliant conductor'. In this show, he digs deep into the psyche of world-class performers, finding out how they went from zero to hero by delving into their path to stardom.

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#14. Behind the scenes with John Rutter: I'm 50% songwriter, 50% composer

"I would say to any composer: Talent is important, perseverance is important, hard work is important, but luck is important as well..." - John Rutter Robert Emery talks to John Rutter, composer and conductor best known for his choral compositions, including many Christmas carols and anthem.. John talks about his process of composing, the commission to write an anthem for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, and how tragedy stuck in 2001 with his son being killed in a road accident. He of course also answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; Composing or Conducting? John has done that rare feat of being accessible and popular, without the critics panning him for the simplicity and beauty of his music. He has a fascinating and somewhat wise view of the world, constantly coming out with quotes like "we like to think we are in control of our destiny, but really we're not", and my favourite; "if you want to be rich and famous, you should probably concentrate on one thing and do it obsessively and do it incredibly well. If you want to have a happy and fulfilled life, do whatever interests you - and if possible, get someone to pay you for it!" To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep14

80 MIN2019 OCT 24
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#14. Behind the scenes with John Rutter: I'm 50% songwriter, 50% composer

#13. Behind the scenes with Jodie Prenger: Don’t tell Cameron this, but I would have done it for free…

“You don’t strive to push your Gran down the stairs just to get that part“ - Jodie Prenger Robert Emery talks to Jodie Prenger, actress and singer best known for winning the ‘I’d Do Anything’ TV programme in 2008, giving her the opportunity to play Nancy in the West End revival of ‘Oliver!’ at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Jodie talks about her work on stage, and the influence the National Theatre had on her. She of course also answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; Oliver or Annie? Jodie has gone on to forge an incredible career in theatre whilst keeping her chickens, cows, dogs, a cat, tortoises and fish happy at home! This is a fun conversation with someone who successfully proves it is possible to make a strong career when discovered by a TV talent show. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep13

42 MIN2019 OCT 5
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#13. Behind the scenes with Jodie Prenger: Don’t tell Cameron this, but I would have done it for free…

#12. Behind the scenes with Il Divo's David Miller: Classical music has an impact on the brain

"Seeding young minds with classical music is a bit of an emotional crusade" - David Miller Robert Emery talks to David Miller, American Tenor who is a member of the successful classical crossover group Il Divo, who has sold over 28 million copies worldwide. David talks about the challenges of being on tour, recording albums and how he believes that living 'in the now' is the biggest factor of his success and happiness. And of course, he answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; The White House or Buckingham Palace? Since his Broadway role as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s version of Puccini’s La Boheme, David's career has skyrocketed like most musicians could only dream of. This chat is an excellent, in depth conversation which covers much more than the music industry. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep12

56 MIN2019 JUL 19
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#12. Behind the scenes with Il Divo's David Miller: Classical music has an impact on the brain

#11. Behind the scenes with Cassidy Janson: How I persuaded Carole King to give me an unreleased song for my album

"There's never one big break, that's such a myth - there's degrees of getting recognised" Robert Emery talks to Cassidy Janson, actress and now singer/songwriter best known for playing the lead in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and joining Beverley Knight and Amber Riley to form the trio; The Leading Ladies. Cassidy talks about the challenges of being a musical theatre actress, the struggle to record her debut album, and what it's like to be a standby Elphaba in London's West End. And of course, she answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; Kate Monster or Lucy the Slut? Since her first break playing opposite Neil Patrick Harris, she has gone on to forge an incredible career in theatre and has had rave reviews for her new album, Cassidy. This is a fascinating conversation with a true professional who has some excellent advice on being productive in an unproductive world. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep11

52 MIN2019 JUL 17
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#11. Behind the scenes with Cassidy Janson: How I persuaded Carole King to give me an unreleased song for my album

#10. Behind the scenes with Peter Polycarpou: Madonna wanted to do a bit off-camera with me

Robert Emery talks to Peter Polycarpou, British stage, TV and film actor best known playing Chris Theodopolopodous in the hit TV series 'Birds Of A Feather'. Peter talks about his approach to work, tells some incredible stories on what happens behind the scenes in the world of theatre, and answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; Les Mis or Miss Saigon? Since becoming a household name in TV, Peter has gone on to forge an incredible career in theatre and film. This conversation takes us through what it was like to work with Madonna (Pop Star, not the picture of the Virgin Mary!), being in the first cast of both Les Mis and Miss Saigon and what happened in Phantom when Andrew Lloyd-Webber didn't like his approach to the role. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep10

62 MIN2019 JUN 20
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#10. Behind the scenes with Peter Polycarpou: Madonna wanted to do a bit off-camera with me

#9. Classical music is dead - long live the dead.

"For me, music is about moving other people. I don't just want to move myself; I want to pass on my emotion and my feelings to an audience." - Robert Emery In this special episode of the 'Backstage with Robert Emery' podcast, RDCE discusses if the genre of classical music is alive and kicking, or if it's as dead as the press would like you to believe. What actually is classical music? Has classical music ever been popular? What can we do to change the image of the stuffy concert hall? This episode is designed to be short and answer these long asked questions as best as any musician can. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/Ep9

40 MIN2019 JUN 5
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#9. Classical music is dead - long live the dead.

#8. Behind the scenes with Jumoké Fashola: The Condition of Being A Woman

Robert Emery talks to Jumoké Fashola, the broadcaster, journalist, vocalist and live literature curator. Jumoké talks about how she began in TV and radio, her love of music from Gershwin to Gospel and Handel to Hamilton, and how poetry has been a constant in her life. A truly remarkable woman who has successfully created a career as a Jazz and Classical musician, a radio presenter, a stage and television actress, and the founder of London’s longest running Jazz/Poetry gig - currently celebrating it’s 10th year. As a sideline, she also has the best tips and tricks to remain ultra-productive I have ever seen. This conversation takes us through some of her hidden stories; what she likes to do away from the microphone, and her predictions of the status of the entertainment industry in twenty years. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/tips_and_tricks

73 MIN2019 MAY 22
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#8. Behind the scenes with Jumoké Fashola: The Condition of Being A Woman

#7. Why is learning a musical instrument so hard - and how to solve it.

"The emerging picture is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert—in anything" - neurologist Daniel Levitin In this special episode of the 'Backstage with Robert Emery' podcast, RDCE discusses the reason learning a musical instrument is so hard, and how to overcome these issues. Covering the skillsets needed to play an instrument, techniques to keep playing, the differences between adult and child learning and the importance of setting goals. This episode is designed to be short and informative for parents of children who play, or indeed an adult who is learning.

20 MIN2019 MAY 8
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#7. Why is learning a musical instrument so hard - and how to solve it.

#6. Behind the scenes with Willemijn Verkaik: It’s about believing in yourself

Robert Emery talks to Willemijn Verkaik, the singer and actress best known for her stage role in Wicked and singing the voice of Elsa for the German and Dutch versions of Disney's Frozen. Willemijn talks about how she keeps on top form, her experience of playing Elphaba on Broadway, the West-End, in Germany and in the Netherlands, and how her stage confidence doesn't always translate to real life. A true leading-lady, Willemijn is the only person in the world to have performed Wicked in 4 countries over the space of 7 years and over 2000 performances. But there is more to her CV than turning green, and this conversation takes us through some of her hidden stories; what she likes to do away from the stage, and her predictions of the status of musical theatre in twenty years.

62 MIN2019 APR 25
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#6. Behind the scenes with Willemijn Verkaik: It’s about believing in yourself

#5. Behind the scenes - What does a Musical Director actually do?

"During a preview, I had the assistant director run up to me whilst I was conducting and said "you do know we cancelled the next piece for tonight?" And I thought, you've got to be joking..." - Robert Emery In this special episode of the ‘Backstage with Robert Emery’ podcast, RDCE takes you through what a Musical Director actually does; and it involves a lot more than arm waving... Discussing everything from conducting technique through to some scary real life stories in theatre; he covers it all with the odd funny story along the way.

40 MIN2019 APR 11
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#5. Behind the scenes - What does a Musical Director actually do?

Latest Episodes

#14. Behind the scenes with John Rutter: I'm 50% songwriter, 50% composer

"I would say to any composer: Talent is important, perseverance is important, hard work is important, but luck is important as well..." - John Rutter Robert Emery talks to John Rutter, composer and conductor best known for his choral compositions, including many Christmas carols and anthem.. John talks about his process of composing, the commission to write an anthem for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, and how tragedy stuck in 2001 with his son being killed in a road accident. He of course also answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; Composing or Conducting? John has done that rare feat of being accessible and popular, without the critics panning him for the simplicity and beauty of his music. He has a fascinating and somewhat wise view of the world, constantly coming out with quotes like "we like to think we are in control of our destiny, but really we're not", and my favourite; "if you want to be rich and famous, you should probably concentrate on one thing and do it obsessively and do it incredibly well. If you want to have a happy and fulfilled life, do whatever interests you - and if possible, get someone to pay you for it!" To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep14

80 MIN2019 OCT 24
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#14. Behind the scenes with John Rutter: I'm 50% songwriter, 50% composer

#13. Behind the scenes with Jodie Prenger: Don’t tell Cameron this, but I would have done it for free…

“You don’t strive to push your Gran down the stairs just to get that part“ - Jodie Prenger Robert Emery talks to Jodie Prenger, actress and singer best known for winning the ‘I’d Do Anything’ TV programme in 2008, giving her the opportunity to play Nancy in the West End revival of ‘Oliver!’ at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Jodie talks about her work on stage, and the influence the National Theatre had on her. She of course also answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; Oliver or Annie? Jodie has gone on to forge an incredible career in theatre whilst keeping her chickens, cows, dogs, a cat, tortoises and fish happy at home! This is a fun conversation with someone who successfully proves it is possible to make a strong career when discovered by a TV talent show. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep13

42 MIN2019 OCT 5
Comments
#13. Behind the scenes with Jodie Prenger: Don’t tell Cameron this, but I would have done it for free…

#12. Behind the scenes with Il Divo's David Miller: Classical music has an impact on the brain

"Seeding young minds with classical music is a bit of an emotional crusade" - David Miller Robert Emery talks to David Miller, American Tenor who is a member of the successful classical crossover group Il Divo, who has sold over 28 million copies worldwide. David talks about the challenges of being on tour, recording albums and how he believes that living 'in the now' is the biggest factor of his success and happiness. And of course, he answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; The White House or Buckingham Palace? Since his Broadway role as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s version of Puccini’s La Boheme, David's career has skyrocketed like most musicians could only dream of. This chat is an excellent, in depth conversation which covers much more than the music industry. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep12

56 MIN2019 JUL 19
Comments
#12. Behind the scenes with Il Divo's David Miller: Classical music has an impact on the brain

#11. Behind the scenes with Cassidy Janson: How I persuaded Carole King to give me an unreleased song for my album

"There's never one big break, that's such a myth - there's degrees of getting recognised" Robert Emery talks to Cassidy Janson, actress and now singer/songwriter best known for playing the lead in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and joining Beverley Knight and Amber Riley to form the trio; The Leading Ladies. Cassidy talks about the challenges of being a musical theatre actress, the struggle to record her debut album, and what it's like to be a standby Elphaba in London's West End. And of course, she answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; Kate Monster or Lucy the Slut? Since her first break playing opposite Neil Patrick Harris, she has gone on to forge an incredible career in theatre and has had rave reviews for her new album, Cassidy. This is a fascinating conversation with a true professional who has some excellent advice on being productive in an unproductive world. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep11

52 MIN2019 JUL 17
Comments
#11. Behind the scenes with Cassidy Janson: How I persuaded Carole King to give me an unreleased song for my album

#10. Behind the scenes with Peter Polycarpou: Madonna wanted to do a bit off-camera with me

Robert Emery talks to Peter Polycarpou, British stage, TV and film actor best known playing Chris Theodopolopodous in the hit TV series 'Birds Of A Feather'. Peter talks about his approach to work, tells some incredible stories on what happens behind the scenes in the world of theatre, and answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; Les Mis or Miss Saigon? Since becoming a household name in TV, Peter has gone on to forge an incredible career in theatre and film. This conversation takes us through what it was like to work with Madonna (Pop Star, not the picture of the Virgin Mary!), being in the first cast of both Les Mis and Miss Saigon and what happened in Phantom when Andrew Lloyd-Webber didn't like his approach to the role. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/ep10

62 MIN2019 JUN 20
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#10. Behind the scenes with Peter Polycarpou: Madonna wanted to do a bit off-camera with me

#9. Classical music is dead - long live the dead.

"For me, music is about moving other people. I don't just want to move myself; I want to pass on my emotion and my feelings to an audience." - Robert Emery In this special episode of the 'Backstage with Robert Emery' podcast, RDCE discusses if the genre of classical music is alive and kicking, or if it's as dead as the press would like you to believe. What actually is classical music? Has classical music ever been popular? What can we do to change the image of the stuffy concert hall? This episode is designed to be short and answer these long asked questions as best as any musician can. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/Ep9

40 MIN2019 JUN 5
Comments
#9. Classical music is dead - long live the dead.

#8. Behind the scenes with Jumoké Fashola: The Condition of Being A Woman

Robert Emery talks to Jumoké Fashola, the broadcaster, journalist, vocalist and live literature curator. Jumoké talks about how she began in TV and radio, her love of music from Gershwin to Gospel and Handel to Hamilton, and how poetry has been a constant in her life. A truly remarkable woman who has successfully created a career as a Jazz and Classical musician, a radio presenter, a stage and television actress, and the founder of London’s longest running Jazz/Poetry gig - currently celebrating it’s 10th year. As a sideline, she also has the best tips and tricks to remain ultra-productive I have ever seen. This conversation takes us through some of her hidden stories; what she likes to do away from the microphone, and her predictions of the status of the entertainment industry in twenty years. To see the original web page for this episode, click here: https://rdce.news/tips_and_tricks

73 MIN2019 MAY 22
Comments
#8. Behind the scenes with Jumoké Fashola: The Condition of Being A Woman

#7. Why is learning a musical instrument so hard - and how to solve it.

"The emerging picture is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert—in anything" - neurologist Daniel Levitin In this special episode of the 'Backstage with Robert Emery' podcast, RDCE discusses the reason learning a musical instrument is so hard, and how to overcome these issues. Covering the skillsets needed to play an instrument, techniques to keep playing, the differences between adult and child learning and the importance of setting goals. This episode is designed to be short and informative for parents of children who play, or indeed an adult who is learning.

20 MIN2019 MAY 8
Comments
#7. Why is learning a musical instrument so hard - and how to solve it.

#6. Behind the scenes with Willemijn Verkaik: It’s about believing in yourself

Robert Emery talks to Willemijn Verkaik, the singer and actress best known for her stage role in Wicked and singing the voice of Elsa for the German and Dutch versions of Disney's Frozen. Willemijn talks about how she keeps on top form, her experience of playing Elphaba on Broadway, the West-End, in Germany and in the Netherlands, and how her stage confidence doesn't always translate to real life. A true leading-lady, Willemijn is the only person in the world to have performed Wicked in 4 countries over the space of 7 years and over 2000 performances. But there is more to her CV than turning green, and this conversation takes us through some of her hidden stories; what she likes to do away from the stage, and her predictions of the status of musical theatre in twenty years.

62 MIN2019 APR 25
Comments
#6. Behind the scenes with Willemijn Verkaik: It’s about believing in yourself

#5. Behind the scenes - What does a Musical Director actually do?

"During a preview, I had the assistant director run up to me whilst I was conducting and said "you do know we cancelled the next piece for tonight?" And I thought, you've got to be joking..." - Robert Emery In this special episode of the ‘Backstage with Robert Emery’ podcast, RDCE takes you through what a Musical Director actually does; and it involves a lot more than arm waving... Discussing everything from conducting technique through to some scary real life stories in theatre; he covers it all with the odd funny story along the way.

40 MIN2019 APR 11
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#5. Behind the scenes - What does a Musical Director actually do?

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