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Operacast LIVE

Sunday 29 August


Chapel FM, LS14 6JB


A free LIVE recording of our Operacast podcast.

In this special episode we're unearthing the hidden history of opera in England with Dr Kara McKechnie, Dr Jenny Daniel and Dr Andy King joining host, David Ward.

Andy H. King studied at Chetham's School of Music, the University of Huddersfield and the University of Birmingham where he completed his PhD, ’Sir Granville Bantock (1868–1946): Aspects of His life and Songs’. In a career that continues to equip him with an unusually broad range of experience in arts administration he has worked for the BBC Philharmonic (Assistant Orchestral Librarian), Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd (Promotion Assistant), the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Chorus Manager), Oldham Coliseum Theatre (Interim Marketing Officer) and Robert Gilder & Co. (Assistant Artist Manager). Additionally, between 2012-15, he assisted in the development, running and administration of the Manchester Pride Chamber Music and Song Recitals. As a freelance writer, Andy has written on Bantock for Oxford Music Online, CD liner notes for pianist David Quigley and Retrospect Opera, and concert programme notes for BBC Radio 3, the BBC Proms, the Bach Choir and The Sunday Boys amongst others. An enthusiastic copyist/typesetter and editor, he has prepared scores for performances by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and recordings by Retrospect Opera. As well as being a co-founder and trustee of Retrospect Opera, Andy is a trustee of the Sir George Dyson Trust, a committee member of the Carl Rosa Trust, and a volunteer mentor for the Albert Kennedy Trust - a nationwide charity that supports LGBTQ+ homeless youth.

Dr Jenny Daniel completed her PhD in 2016 at the University of Leeds with Opera North, funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, supervised by Dr Kara McKechnie, Prof. Rachel Cowgill and Opera North’s Musical Director, Richard Farnes. The thesis takes an ethnographic approach, looking at the work of Opera North, its commissioning of new works and its ambitious Ring cycle project beginning in 2013, within the context of agendas for access and education. Jenny’s thesis, Democratising Opera: Opera North and the Access Agenda in Action can be downloaded here.

Jenny has worked in secondary and further education, as a Music Lecturer at the Universities of Leeds and Liverpool, and as a researcher for the Institute of Cultural Capital (University of Liverpool/Liverpool John Moores University). She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre at Edge Hill University, Lancashire with research interests in performance; music on the theatrical stage; music, education and identity; and the cultural and educational work that is done by the arts, and has published on ethnographic musicology, education, and cultural politics.

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