The award-winning composer, broadcaster and former Classic FM Composer in Residence, Howard Goodall, is in conversation with Britain’s most successful musical theatre composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, for a brand new six-part series on Saturdays 9-10pm, celebrating the history of musical theatre: The Sound of Music. Get in touch using the form below or text 61812.
Saturday 27th January
In Classic FM’s six-part series celebrating the history of musical theatre, the award-winning composer and broadcaster Howard Goodall is joined by Andrew Lloyd Webber as they talk about the delicate art of composing for the voice, recalling the writing process for their respective successful requiems.
Howard and Andrew also discuss the need they had to find the right combination of singers, actors and dancers for lead roles in their musicals, as Lloyd Webber remembers the audition process for cast members of Cats and Phantom of the Opera.
Saturday 10th February
In the final episode of the six-part series in which former Classic FM Composer in Residence Howard Goodall speaks to Andrew Lloyd Webber about the history of musical theatre, the two composers discuss what lies in store for the future of the musical.
From the latest smash hit Hamilton to the current trend of ‘jukebox’ musicals, Howard and Andrew discuss what makes a real ‘hit’. They reflect back on their first project together in the early 1980s, and Howard’s first musical The Hired Man, as Andrew recounts a very significant meeting with fellow composer Richard Rodgers.
Saturday 3rd February
Rob Cowan selects the finest new and classic recordings from his collection. This week, his Sure Shot is a little-played gem by the Estonian composer Arvo Part, best known to Classic FM listeners for his Spiegel im Spiegel. His Artist of the Week, meanwhile, is the French conductor Marc Minkowski, renowned for his outstanding interpretations of Baroque music – some of which we’ll enjoy tonight.