An Interview with Tom Poster

By his own admission, Tom Poster struggles to understand ‘what it’s like for friends who are still making decisions well into their twenties and beyond as to what direction they want to take in life.’ For this 33-year-old pianist, who has performed with ensembles ranging from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to the China National Symphony, there was no such turmoil: ‘it never crossed my mind to think about doing something that wasn’t music related.’

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Meet Alexander Shelley

He’s the son of celebrated concert pianists, the grandson of a talented cellist and the great grandson of an equally talented organist, but Alexander Shelley, the newly appointed Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is very much his own man – and poised to open a new chapter in the RPO’s glittering history.

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Ria Jones talks Musical Theatre

West End star Ria Jones speaks to Hannah Nepil about her musical theatre background and the advantages of performing Broadway hits in concert performances, ahead of Best of Broadway in March.

Ria Jones – Welsh singer and actress – finds it irritating when people say ‘musical theatre singers can’t act’. In fact, she points out, they have to act twice as hard in order to convey the character while singing. ‘What’s more, they have to be able to run seamlessly into each song, so that it enhances the story, rather than stopping it. I like to think of musical theatre as a string of pearls: the pearls are the songs, the string in between is the story, and if you break it, all the pearls fall off.’

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Alexander Shelley at Cadogan Hall

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This first concert conducted by Alexander Shelley since his appointment last month as Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra drew a very full house, doubtless attracted by a combination of the relatively wide-ranging Russian programme and the reputation this compelling young conductor is building.

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