Interview and Talks

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Interview: Kate Molleson in Conversation

Baptist Church, Golden Square, Berwick-upon-Tweed

October 11, 7.00 – 8.30 pm

Kate Molleson is a journalist, music critic and BBC Radio 3 presenter. She is the author of the best-selling book ‘Sound Within Sound: Opening Our Ears to the Twentieth Century’ (Faber & Faber, 2022), which introduces the life and work of ten lesser-known composers of that period. As reviewed in the Observer, ‘Molleson’s enthusiastic style and eye for character and place give them life’.

Kate talked with Mike Worboys about her book; her reflections on musical life today were illustrated with musical examples, and her talk was followed by a lively Q&A session.

This event was held in conjunction with Berwick Literary Festival.

Two talks by Dr. Mike Worboys

Parish Centre, Parade, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Talk I: JS Bach and his Suites for Solo Cello

October 5, 1.00 – 3.00 pm

Mike’s talk was an analysis of JS Bach’s Suites for solo cello, and a review of Bach’s residency at the court of Prince Leopold at Köthen (1716-1723), where much of his secular music, probably including the great cello suites, was composed. Mike focussed on the second suite, which was subsequently performed in viola transcription by Fiona Winning as part of her BMS 2023 concert.

Talk II: Folk influences in classical music

October 19, 1.00 – 3.00 pm

Folk music has had an influence on ‘classical’ composers, from Hildegard von Bingen to composers of the present day.

Mike’s talk provided an historical whistle-stop tour of the influence of folk music on ‘classical’ composers, before focusing in greater depth on specific composers and works, including Schubert, Bartok and Dvorak, whose String Quartet, Op. 96 (American) was performed at a subsequent concert in the Music Series.

Mike holds a PhD in Music from the University of Durham.