BBC Radio 3, tx 10, 17, 24, 31 July 2005, 15.30 – 16.00
Presented by Edward Smith
Produced by Chris Marshall
Four programmes in which England and Middlesex batsman Edward
Smith talks to a leading musician about the similarities of
approach to performance between the two disciplines of music
and sport. The interviews will be illustrated by musical examples
played by the interviewee.
Cricketer and writer Ed Smith was educated at Cambridge where
he scored a hundred on first class debut and took a double
first in history. He has played county cricket for Kent and
now Middlesex, and three Test matches for England in 2003.
He reviews books for The Sunday Telegraph and The
Spectator and writes regularly for The Times.
His first book, Playing Hard Ball, a comparison
of cricket and baseball, was published to acclaim in 2002
and shortlisted for the WHSmith sports book of the year. On
and Off the Field, his second book, a diary of the 2003
season, was shortlisted for the William Hill prize
and won Wisden Book of the Year 2005.
Though he has appeared regularly on BBC radio, Peak Performance is
the first time he has presented a radio series of his own.
In four interviews with leading classical musicians, Ed Smith
analyses the similarities between playing sport and playing
music at the highest level. In doing so, he explores the nature
of what it is like to live life as a performer – the
subject of his next book.
Ed Smith is 27 years old and lives in London.
Cellist Natalie Clein (tx 10 July)
Clein, one of the most talented young cellists of her generation,
first came to international attention when she won the 1994
BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition at the age of 16
and then went on to become the first ever British winner of
the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians in Warsaw.
spent four years studying with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna
before launching an international career. She has played concertos
with many of the major British orchestras, most recently
performing the Lutoslawski concerto with the Halle.
chamber musician, she appears regularly at international
festivals in collaboration with a wide range of musicians including
Martha Argerich, Melvyn Tan, Imogen Cooper, Stephen Kovacevich,
Steven Isserlis, clarinettists Michael Collins and Emma Johnson,
and the Takacs Quartet.
Conductor Mark Wigglesworth (tx 17 July)
Wigglesworth, one of Britain’s finest young conductors,
studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London before winning
the Kondrashin Conducting Competition in the Netherlands in
1989. He has subsequently conducted many of the world’s
most famous orchestras, from the Cleveland, New York Philharmonic,
Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia to the Royal Concertgebouw,
Berlin Philharmonic, LSO and the LPO.
He has conducted operas
at Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, ENO and Covent Garden,
and this year is conducting Mozart’s `Le nozze di Figaro’ at
the New York Met.
He is currently recording the complete
Shostakovich symphonies with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Singer Sarah Connolly (tx 24 July)
received rave reviews for her recent performance as Sesto in
the ENO production of Mozart’s `La clemenza
di Tito’. She is developing an international reputation
as one of the finest singers of Baroque repertoire: other roles
at ENO have included Handel’s Xerxes, Ariodante and Ruggiero
(Alcina), Ottavia in Monteverdi’s `L’incornazione
di Poppea’, Dido in both `Dido and Aeneas’ and
`The Trojans’ and the title-role in Britten’s `The
Rape of Lucretia’, which was televised for the BBC.
she has appeared at the New York City Opera and the Met,
at the Paris Opera, the Florence Maggio Musicale and the Salzburg
Festival. This season she is singing the title-role in `Giulio
Cesare’ at Glyndebourne, and will shortly undertake Oktavian
(Der Rosenkavalier), Gluck’s Alceste and Handel’s
On the concert platform she has worked
with the world’s finest conductors and orchestras, and
has given many world premieres of contemporary pieces, including
works by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jonathan Harvey. Her recordings
range from Handel arias, Bach cantatas and works by Rameau
and Vivaldi to a recital disc of Schoenberg songs.
Guitarist Craig Ogden (tx 31 July)
as `a worthy successor to Julian Bream’, Australian-born
Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting young artists of his
He has made many recordings, and has performed
concertos with many famous orchestras including the LSO,
LPO, RPO, Halle, CBSO, and the Melbourne Symphony. He performs
as soloist and chamber musician all over the world, and is
currently planning tours of the USA, Australia and South Africa,
as well as a busy schedule of recitals throughout the UK.
is Principal Lecturer in Guitar at the Royal Northern College
of Music, where he
is a Fellow.