The Classic FM Podcast features the week’s top classical music stories and highlights of our interviews with classical stars. This week Anne-Marie hears from the biggest classical music stars in the world including Tim Minchin.
Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian and writer. He has been performing his unique brand of musical comedy since starting out in South Melbourne’s Butterfly Club in 2005.
Life and Music
- He won the Directors’ Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his break-out show Darkside, and followed this later the same year with one of the most successful debut acts ever at the Edinburgh Fringe – winning the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer.
- During 2009 and 2010, Tim wrote the music and lyrics for Matilda The Musical with the Royal Shakespeare Company. This adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic ran, from November 2010 until January 2011, in Stratford-upon-Avon and then transferred triumphantly to London’s West End, at the Cambridge Theatre in October 2011, winning great critical acclaim and a stack of awards, among them ten nominations for the Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical!
- Tim embarked on his first Arena tour of the UK, joined by the 55-piece Heritage Orchestra and a band, in December 2010. He took the show to Australia in early 2011, performing with the state symphony orchestras all over the country, including four sold out dates with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. The fourth of these shows was recorded and broadcast live on Australian TV by ABC2. He returned to the UK for some more arena dates with the Heritage Orchestra in April and May 2011, including two dates at The Royal Albert Hall.
Did you know?
Tim is an Ambassador for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts and ran a half marathon in 2010 on their behalf.
With just three dates of Tim Minchin's Heritage Orchestra tour remaining, we spoke to him to find out how it's gone so far.
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