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Each episode will feature different LPO musicians

Harriet Clifford

LPO launches podcast about life as a musician, hosted by YolanDa Brown

2:34, 12th November 2020

Today (Thursday), the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) launches a new free podcast which explores the life of an orchestral musician.

Hosted by saxophonist, broadcaster, and composer YolanDa Brown, Offstage is a 12-episode behind the scenes podcast series in which Brown speaks to a range of musicians within the LPO about their experiences as professional musicians.

Each episode will feature two or three LPO musicians and cover a range of topics, such as how the musicians approach rehearsals as opposed to performance, how venues and audiences affect a performance, and working relationships with conductors. 

YolanDa Brown said, ‘Being a musician myself, it was lovely to speak to the players artist to artist. We laughed together, reminisced plenty and dreamt about the future post Covid. The chat was insightful about the inner workings of an orchestra and will definitely take the audience into some of the anecdotes from backstage.’

Repertoire will also be explored in two episodes, with this series taking a deep dive into Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony and Sibelius’ 5th. Six episodes of Series 1 will be released weekly until 17 December, with the remaining six out in the new year. 

Offstage is available for free on all podcast platforms. The first episode ‘Life IS a rehearsal’, with principal flautist Juliette Bausor and principal percussionist Andy Barclay, is available to listen to now. 

Full episode listing:

  1. Life IS a rehearsal
    How do rehearsals work?

  2. Cling film and rubber bands
    Keeping instruments in working order

  3. Where are we today?
    Venues and audiences

  4. Upbeats
    Conductors and their relationship with the orchestra

  5. Swapping seats
    Orchestral layouts

  6. On stage now!
    Concert preparations

  7. Escaping the 9-5
    Working life as an orchestral musician

  8. Inside Tchaikovsky’s 4th
    Repertoire focus

  9. Where are my reeds?
    Life on the road as a musician

  10. Inside Sibelius’s 5th
    Repertoire focus

  11. Oiling the valves
    How do you practise?

  12. Exploring the new
    Contemporary music



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