14 May 2018

Upbeat for Monday 14 May

From Upbeat, 11:04 am on 14 May 2018



We find out who the 2018 BBC young musician of the year is, and what happens when violinist Leonidas Kavakos performs for newborns.

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1pm Taking on the mantle – Dame Gillian Whitehead

Dame Gillian Whitehead has many honours and awards to her name for her distinctive chamber, choral, orchestral and operatic compositions and her many CDs. But receiving the Arts Foundation Arts Icon medallion on Wednesday, she says, was truly remarkable. She speaks to Lynn Freeman about receiving the award.

Dame Gillian Whitehead

Dame Gillian Whitehead Photo: Gareth Watkins / Lilburn Trust / Wallace Arts Trust

1.20pm 10 questions with The Ten Tenors

Australian based ensemble The Ten Tenors are on the road in NZ, visiting 16 destinations up and down the country. The group, whose 2005 album Tenology went platinum, is bringing opera to the masses. The tenors, including Kiwi Cameron Barclay, popped into the Auckland studio to perform live and answer 10 quick questions with Upbeat’s Zoë George.

The Ten Tenors

The Ten Tenors Photo: Supplied


Continuing our on-going series of celebrating great composers, conductors and musicians, this week we listen to some of the best performances from the greatest violinists around.


Photo: Meline Waxx