Nina Perry has composed the signature tune and incidental music for BBC Radio 4 Drama serial ’Tommies’ - following over, the space of four years, the lives of those on and behind the battlefront of World War One.
Hear series one every tuesday 7th October- 11th November 2014. Series Two every Monday from 27th April - 25th May 2014 at 1415hrs
Internationally-renowned pianist James Rhodes is passionate about the power of music to change lives and is shocked at the state of music education in the UK. A primetime Channel 4 series launches nationwide instrument amnesty campaign.
Series Director/ Producer - Tom Coveney
Associate Producer - Vivienne Perry
Assistant Producer - Rose Walton
Shooting Researcher - Paul Casey
Line Producer - Larissa Hickey
Multiplatform Executive Producer - Annabel McLeod
Executive Producer - Jeremy Lee
Fresh One Productions - tx 9th September, 16th September 2014
The Eternal Moment is a radiophonic drama by Peter Blegvad and Iain Chambers, commissioned by ABC Australia for Radiotonic. Scheduled for broadcast on October 12th, the piece stars John Ramm as He/Cody and Emma Powell as She/Zoe.
Zoe experiences delusions. She believes her cartographic drawings can occasion the Eternal Moment, where time ceases to flow. Zoe’s artwork deeply inspires Cody, her art therapist. He deciphers Zoe’s language, which uses past, present and future simultaneously.
Their characters move closer together as Zoe tries to freeze time itself, leaving the listener unclear whether the Eternal Moment exists only in Zoe’s head.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 4th October at 9.30pm, ‘More Than A Desert’ features poet and playwright Kate Tempest crunching across the shingle of Britain’s only desert. This is Dungeness. Home to two lighthouses, two nuclear power stations, abundant wildlife, and to Prospect Cottage.
Here iconic British filmmaker Derek Jarman spent the last years of his life building his garden, writing diaries, inscribing the words of John Donne on the wall of his cottage.
Recorded entirely on location in Dungeness, both at Jarman’s desk and out in the elements, Kate Tempest weaves the words and thoughts of local families and fishermen with rich soundscapes, both natural and man made. Amidst the quietest sounds of the sanctuary that is Prospect Cottage, to the roaring innards of the power station, Tempest crafts vivid new verse, at once intimate and elemental, mapping Dungeness anew.
Produced by Peter Meanwell for Open Audio
On Saturday 20th September at 10pm BST, Langham Research Centre and Peter Blegvad present a live broadcast for BBC Radio 3 from Broadcasting House. Eschatology is a radiophonic drama about the end of the world, witnessed from a liner adrift on a deserted ocean.
Written and narrated by Peter Blegvad, the last survivors are played by Harriet Walters and Guy Paul. Susan Rae delivers updates on the apocalypse as it spreads around the planet.
Music and sound effects are composed and performed by Langham Research Centre, using vintage electronic instruments and tape machines.
Eschatology is a poetic exploration of the end of everything: of land where we take to ships, of radio contact when white noise fills the receiver; of individual sounds as they echo into space.
Chinoiserie, by Peter Blegvad and Iain Chambers, follows their multi-award winning experimental drama, Use It Or Lose It.
This radiophonic feature for BBC Radio 3’s Between The Ears strand takes us to an unexpected new world in which the lines between reality and fiction are blurred.
The lead characters are Peter, a Western author writing a work of fiction set in China, and John, a Chinese novelist whose non-fiction writings have driven him into exile.
We travel inside the minds of the characters, hearing their thoughts as well as their words, revealing the gap between fantasy and reality. Their dialogue is interrupted by the cultural memories and personal flashbacks triggered by their thoughts, along with the music and news stories they hear.
Starring Guy Paul, Liz Sutherland, David Tse
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3: 25th January, 2014: 2100-2130
An Open Audio production for BBC Radio 3, produced by Iain Chambers
Executive Producer: Jeremy Mortimer
Nina Perry’s Between the ears composed feature “A Song of Bricks and Mortar” explores composition, the creative process and the art of making. It takes its inspiration from this quote by Benjamin Britten:
"Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house. Slowly you see more details of the house - the colour of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows. The notes are the bricks and the mortar of the house."
Via a compositional road trip, artists in the process of creating and making give insight into their own personal creative process, and what drives them to create. Like a play within a play or a documentary that documents itself - this feature dips its toe into the infinite and timeless nature of artistic creativity as an integral part of being human.
The fear of new beginnings, the pleasure of being in flow, moments of illumination, and of being lost; the artists’ relationship with the environment and their own interior landscapes are revealed by Sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld, Art Student Imran Perretta, Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Rambert Dance Company, Mark Baldwin; and a group of people with Dementia and memory problems at a Creative Arts Session run by the Arts development company Verd de gris.
Their insights are woven together with a metaphorical motorbike journey performed by violinist Oli Langford and a soundscape of specially composed music.
Producer: Nina Perry
Executive Producer: Simon Jacobs
A Unique Production for BBC Radio 3: tx 6th July 2013
In the 1960s and early 1970s, a number of U.S. prisons allowed inmates to form bands and produce commercially available LPs. Today, many of those records are collectors’ items.
Gary Younge tracks down some of the men who were in these groups, finding out how the music shaped their lives and hearing from those who supported this progressive initiative in the face of the old punitive regime.
Gary travels to Huntsville, Texas, where a bespoke studio was built within the prison. Visiting the maximum security Wynne Unit, Gary is joined by the scheme’s former music director, Harley Rex. This is the first time Harley has returned to the unit in over thirty years and he details the scale and impact of the project. Outside the prison’s high walls, Gary and Harley meet ex-inmate John Indo who explains how the music affected the 17 years he served inside.
Over on the East Coast, in New Jersey’s Rahway prison, Reginald Haynes was another inmate with a similar initiative. Reginald was spotted at a convict talent show by established music producer George Kerr and a group now known as The Legendary Escorts was formed. Reginald tells the extraordinary story of how the group’s first album was produced, and of the changes the scheme would bring to his later life on the outside.
Back in Texas Gary meets the local people who live near the prison and finds out what impact commercially releasing the music had on people’s perceptions of the prisoners. He’ll hear how inmates performed locally, including at the always popular prison rodeo.
Presenter - Gary Younge
Producer - Vivienne Perry
Executive Producer - Andrea Rose
A Like It Is Production tx 13th April 2013
Gary’s article here
Radio Times Critic’s choice, The Telegraph
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