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Under the Spotlight: How the Arts can respond to the Climate Emergency

Under the Spotlight: How the Arts can respond to the Climate Emergency

April 22, 2021

To celebrate Earth Day (22 April 2021) we discuss how the arts can respond to the climate emergency.

"if we can turn those powerful machines and those artists and those platforms into the direction of normalising the changes that need to happen, and the shift that people need to make, and the sacrifices that people need to bring into their lives, supported by government, then I think the arts is going to be one of the most powerful influences. 'Culture eats strategy for breakfast'... we just need to make sure that art can survive, can proliferate, be back to the same capacity that it was a year ago. And that we’re supporting artists in helping to paint a better future, for everyone" - Sam Lee

We are excited to be joined by three expert panellists:

Sam Lee - Mercury Prize-nominated folk singer, conservationist, song collector, and award-winning promoter, broadcaster and activist. 
Alex Sobel - MP for Leeds North West and Shadow Minister for the arts, heritage and tourism. 
Crispin Woodhead - Chief Executive of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Hosted by HP's Henry Southern

Useful links and resources

Connect with Sam:
Website: samleesong
Instagram: @samleesong
Sam Recommends:
Music Declares Emergency: @musicdeclares
Nest Folk: @nestfolk
Friday for Futures: @fridaysforfuture
Julie's Bicycle: @julies_bicycle

Connect with Alex:
Alex Sobel: alex​so​bel​.co​.uk
Twitter: @alexsobel
Instagram: @alexsobelforleedsnorthwest

Connect with Crispin:
OAE website: oae.co.uk
Poland and Hungary Tour: press release
Instagram: oae_photos
facebook: @orchestraoftheageofenlightenment
Twitter: @theoae

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.

This is the third episode in our ​‘Under the Spotlight’ podcast mini-series where we shine a light on ​‘challenging’ topics in the arts, and focus on guests living these experiences and who are working to create change in the sector.

The Culture Bar is a podcast series created by HarrisonParrott focussing on conversations in culture and the arts.

Use #theculturebar or follow us on Twitter @_TheCultureBar to keep up with our latest releases.

A special thank you to Robert Cochrane as the composer of the theme tune music, and Merlyn Thomas our editor.

Under the Spotlight - Contested Heritage

Under the Spotlight - Contested Heritage

April 15, 2021

In this episode, we discuss the complexities of understanding and clarifying what contested heritage means, the importance of sharing stories to reveal history, the crucial role of education in schools, and ensuring voices are heard.

We are joined by two expert panellists to help us navigate this complicated and emotive topic:

Professor Corinne Fowler - Professor of Postcolonial Literature at the University of Leicester, and Director of the 'Colonial Countryside National Trust Houses Reinterpreted' project. 
Lord Ed Vaizey - Member of the House of Lords, who served as Culture Minister from 2010-16, and co-host of 'Breakout Culture' podcast.

Hosted by HP’s Henry Southern

Useful links and resources

Connect with Corinne:
Green Unpleasant Land: Creative Responses to Rural England's Colonial Connections
Twitter: @corinne_fowler

Connect with Ed:
Breakout Culture Podcast - Itunes and Spotify
Twitter: @edvaizey

Resources:
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Basildon Park National Trust property
Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain by Sathnam Sanghera
Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

Book recommendations:
Mick Heron thriller novelist
Spring Cannot be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy by Martin Gayford

This is the fourth episode in our ​‘Under the Spotlight’ podcast mini-series where we shine a light on​‘challenging’ topics in the arts and focus on guests living and engaging with these experiences and who are working to create change in the sector.

The Culture Bar is a podcast series created by HarrisonParrott focussing on conversations in culture and the arts.

Use #theculturebar or follow us on Twitter @_TheCultureBar to keep up with our latest releases

After Hours: Fireside chat with Alex Sobel MP

After Hours: Fireside chat with Alex Sobel MP

March 15, 2021

Alex Sobel is a member of the UK Parliament whose constituency is Leed’s North West, and he is also Shadow Minister for the arts, heritage and tourism. 

In this honest and pertinent interview you will hear:

>the UK Government’s budget and its impact on the arts

>how UK arts and culture have been impacted by Brexit and the COVID19 pandemic

>Leeds as European Capital of Culture 2023 bid

>North-South divide

>contested heritage

>DCMS and the heritage sector

Alex is interviewed by HP’s Henry Southern

Useful links and resources:
Alex Sobel: alex​so​bel​.co​.uk

This is the first in our spin-off series of short After Hours chats discussing issues relating more broadly to the arts and culture sector.

The Culture Bar is a podcast series created by HarrisonParrott focussing on conversations in culture and the arts.

Find us on SpotifyiTunesGoogle PodcastsYouTubePodbeanDeezer and all good podcatcher sites.

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A special thank you to Robert Cochrane as the composer of the theme tune music, and Merlyn Thomas our editor.

Use #theculturebar or follow us on Twitter @_TheCultureBar to keep up with our latest releases

Under the Spotlight: Celebrating Women in Music

Under the Spotlight: Celebrating Women in Music

March 8, 2021

In this special podcast episode, we celebrate International Women’s Day (8 March 2021). 

An episode not only celebrating the achievements of women in music, but also music itself, and all of those who are engaged with it and making the effort to take it out of any one particular box.

In this lively conversation, we are excited to be joined by three knowledgeable and passionate panellists:

Dobrinka Tabakova – a multi-award-winning composer born in Bulgaria who has lived in the UK for over 25 years.  As well as writing extensively for the concert hall she has also composed for film and dance projects – and amongst her commissioners are the Royal Philharmonic Society, BBC Radio 3 and the European Broadcasting Union. Her music is performed worldwide – and her debut profile album String Paths, on ECM Records, was nominated for a Grammy in 2014. In 2017 she was appointed composer-in-residence with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Sarah Alexander – Chief Executive and Artistic Director, National Youth Orchestra of Great  Britain, named Orchestra Manager of the Year in the 2015 Association of British Orchestras/Rhinegold Awards and awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list. When accepting that award Sarah spoke of the NYO being unique.  Through the groundbreaking initiatives brought in under Sarah’s stewardship, its teenage musicians have continued to share their knowledge and love of orchestral music with thousands of other teenagers, both encouraging others musically and bringing musical inspiration directly into the lives of many who may never have heard a live orchestra before.

James Murphy – Chief Executive, Royal Philharmonic Society – before that he was Managing Director of Southbank Sinfonia, and previously Communications Director at NYO.  He made Southbank Sinfonia the first UK orchestra to hire an equal number of male and female guest conductors and substantially raised the proportion of music is performed by women. His advocacy for gender equality continues at the RPS whose Women Conductors programme has given over 500 women the chance to try their hand and further their skills at conducting. 

This episode is hosted by HP’s Lydia Connolly, Director and Head of Artist Management at HarrisonParrott.

Useful links and resources

Connect with Dobrinka:
Website: dobrinka.com
Instagram: instagram.com/dobrinka_tabakova
Facebook: facebook.com/DobrinkaTabakovaComposer

Connect with Sarah:
Website: nyo.org.uk
Ode to Joy project: nyo.org.uk/ode-to-joy
Instagram: instagram.com/nyo_gb
Twitter: twitter.com/NYO_GB
Facebook: facebook.com/NYOGB

Connect with James:
Website: philharmonicsociety.uk
Twitter: twitter.com/RoyalPhilSoc
James Recommends:
Daffodil Perspective: thedaffodilperspective.com
Donne UK: donne-uk.org

This is the second episode in our ​Under the Spotlight’ podcast mini-series where we shine a light on ​challenging’ topics in the arts, and focus on guests living these experiences and who are working to create change in the sector.

The Culture Bar is a podcast series created by HarrisonParrott focussing on conversations in culture and the arts.

#theculturebar 

A special thank you to Robert Cochrane as the composer of the theme tune music, and Merlyn Thomas our editor.

Use #theculturebar or follow us on Twitter @_TheCultureBar to keep up with our latest releases

Under the Spotlight: LGBTQ+ Awareness & Representation in the Arts

Under the Spotlight: LGBTQ+ Awareness & Representation in the Arts

February 26, 2021

In this special podcast episode, we celebrate LGBTQ+ awareness month (February 2021) and discuss LGBTQ+ awareness and representation in the arts.

In this lively conversation, we are thrilled to be joined by three wonderful panellists:

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton who, in 2019, lit up the Last Night of the Proms as well as being named Personality of the Year by the BBC Music Magazine Awards. Jamie has also received the Richard Tucker Award, and won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition (both main and song prizes).

Edwin Outwater is a conductor, curator, producer, and all-around polymath. Edwin is Music Director at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has collaborated with the likes of celebrated drag artist Peaches Christ, and heavy metal bands, such as Metallica.

Christina Scheppelmann is one of only two women heading up a major opera company in the United States. She is currently General Director of Seattle Opera. Christina has worked in Milan, San Francisco and Washington, and was the first General Director at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman.

This is the first episode in our 'Under the Spotlight' podcast mini-series where we shine a light on 'hard' topics in the arts, and focus on guests living these experiences and who are working to create change in the sector.

This episode is hosted by HP’s Henry Southern

Useful links and resources

Connect with Jamie:
Website: http://www.jamiebartonmezzo.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jbartonmezzo/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jbartonmezzo/
Turn the Spotlight: https://turnthespotlight.org/

Connect with Edwin:
Website: http://www.edwinoutwater.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Edwin-Outwater
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eoutwater/

Connect with Christina:
Website: https://www.seattleopera.org/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scheppelmannch/

The Culture Bar is a podcast series created by HarrisonParrott focussing on conversations in culture and the arts.

Find us on SpotifyiTunesGoogle PodcastsYouTubePodbeanDeezer and all good podcatcher sites.

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A special thank you to Robert Cochrane as the composer of the theme tune music, and Merlyn Thomas our editor.

Use #theculturebar or follow us on Twitter @_TheCultureBar to keep up with our latest releases

Oil & Water: Can art and digital mix?

Oil & Water: Can art and digital mix?

February 19, 2021

We are excited to be joined by Laura Hendricks who is a mixed media artist and lives in Utah, USA, and Wells Fray-Smith, Assistant Curator of Special Projects at Whitechapel Gallery.

In this episode, we talk about the opportunities and challenges digital technologies present to the art world by talking to a practising artist and assistant curator to give us different perspectives on this important topic.

During our conversation, we will look at:

>how technology is impacting art and art galleries

>how the art and technology landscape has evolved

>how digital technologies have changed how artists create their work and how art galleries put on exhibitions

>whether tech brings audiences closer to art

>impact of COVID19

>what does the future look like for art and digital

This episode is hosted by HP's Fiona Livingston

Useful links and resources

Connect with Wells:

Website: https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/

Website: www.wellsfraysmith.co.uk

Instagram: @whatthe_f_isthis


Connect with Laura:

Website: havhouse.com

Instagram: @hav_house

 

If you enjoyed this episode please subscribe to our channel so you never miss an episode.

 

The Culture Bar is a podcast series created by HarrisonParrott focussing on conversations in culture and the arts.

#theculturebar 

A special thank you to Robert Cochrane as the composer of the theme tune music, and Merlyn Thomas our editor.

Use #theculturebar or follow us on Twitter @_TheCultureBar to keep up with our latest releases

The Culture Bar: An Interview with Jamie Stone MP

The Culture Bar: An Interview with Jamie Stone MP

January 22, 2021

In episode #6 of The Culture Bar, we are joined by Jamie Stone Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross. Jamie is also the spokesperson for Defence and Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

 

In this lively and pertinent interview you will hear:

>Jamie talk about the arts and culture sector in the UK

>how UK arts and culture have been impacted by Brexit and the COVID19 pandemic

>technology

>internationalism

>protecting arts and culture livelihoods

>the importance of arts education initiatives

 

Jamie is interviewed by HP's Henry Southern.

 

This interview was recorded on 20 January, the day of Joe Biden's presidential inauguration in the USA.

We thank Jamie very much for his time and constructive insights on the UK arts and culture sector.

 

Useful links and resources:
Jamie Stone: www.libdems.org.uk/jamie_stone
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben: amzn.to/360U6Ym
HarrisonParrott: www.harrisonparrott.com/

 

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A special thank you to Robert Cochrane as the composer of the theme tune music, and Merlyn Thomas our editor.

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The Culture Bar: Voices of the North - In Conversation with Nordic Talents Part 2

The Culture Bar: Voices of the North - In Conversation with Nordic Talents Part 2

December 29, 2020

Here is our third podcast in the new 'Voices of the North' podcast mini-series in collaboration with Talent Norway and Sparebank1 Nord-Norge, Samfunnsløftet.

In episode No.3 ​‘Conversations with Nordic talents and their mentors: Benjamin Mørk: a mechanical pianist from Senja' we listen to a conversation and reflection between a young musician and his mentor. They discuss sources of inspiration, the joys of mentorship and the challenges and opportunities young artists growing up in the North are currently facing.

Our guests: 

  • Benjamin Mørk (pianist)
  • Geir Luedy (manager at MADE Management, musician, songwriter, and music producer)

Hosted by HarrisonParrott’s Karoline Melstveit.

Voices of the North is a part of the agreement and collaboration between Talent Norge and SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge, Samfunnsløftet. Together they ensure that exceptional talents have access to artistic support programmes where they live.

The Culture Bar is a podcast series created by HarrisonParrott focussing on culture and the arts.

The Culture Bar: Series Trailer

The Culture Bar: Series Trailer

December 24, 2020

Welcome to The Culture Bar a podcast series brought to you by international classical music management agency HarrisonParrott.

The Culture Bar is a bi-monthly in conversation interview show featuring panellists from across arts and culture sector from professional musicians and artists, the bright minds behind orchestras, arts venues and festivals, to academics and specialists such as authors and scientists.

This podcast focusses on talking these experts to give you honest no-nonsense answers and opinions on burning topics impacting the arts world such as climate change, COVID19, changes in technology and changes in society.

We also partner with other organisations to produce spin off mini-series which focus on arts and culture in other parts of the world to make sure we are giving you a truly global perspective on the arts. And never afraid of tackling hard topics, we also have a series of ‘Under the Spotlight’ episodes where we discuss issues such as diversity, inclusivity and equality.

The Culture Bar aims to shed light on the topics which matter to you.

By listening to our show you will gain insights and hear opinions from people living and breathing the arts world, discussing alternative views, and clarifying sometimes murky situations.  

If you like the sound of The Culture Bar then please hit the subscribe button on Spotify, Apple podcasts and your other podcast provider to add us to your listening queue so you never miss an episode.

We would also love to hear from you with your ideas for future episodes so please drop us a line.

Thank you and see you at a Culture Bar podcast episode soon!

 

Use #theculturebar or follow us on Twitter @_TheCultureBar to keep up with our latest releases

The Culture Bar: Voices of the North - In Conversation with Nordic Talents Part 1

The Culture Bar: Voices of the North - In Conversation with Nordic Talents Part 1

December 22, 2020

We are excited to share with you our second podcast in the new 'Voices of the North' podcast mini-series in collaboration with Talent Norway and Sparebank1 Nord-Norge, Samfunnsløftet.

In episode No.2 Elle Sofe Sara: a Sámi film director from Kautokeino’ we listen to a conversation between a Nordic talent and a mentor from the Talent Norway programme ‘Mer Film’. Mer Film is a programme aimed at young, talented film directors from the Northern parts of Norway.

We are joining Elle Sofe and her mentor Ole in Kautokeino for one of their working sessions on her new feature film project and discuss how the Sámi culture has inspired their artistic endeavours.

Guests:

  • Elle Sofe Sara (choreographer and film director, founders of the Sámi artist collective and a traditional Sámi reindeer herder)
  • Ole Giæver (film director, screenwriter, actor and mentor)

Hosted by HarrisonParrott’s Karoline Melstveit

Voices of the North is a part of the agreement and collaboration between Talent Norge and SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge, Samfunnsløftet. Together they ensure that exceptional talents have access to artistic support programmes where they live.

The Culture Bar is a podcast series created by HarrisonParrott focussing on conversations in culture and the arts.

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