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Dinara Klinton performs on InTune Tabitha McGrath, Artist Manager
Being an Artist Manager to such exciting artists such as CMF’s come with its perks – Dinara Klinton’s appearance on BBC Radio 3’s InTune programme on Tuesday proved to be exactly one of these.
At CMF, we’ve been working with Rebecca Driver Media Relations for a couple of months, ensuring our artists’ successes and progress are told in the national media. Following her album release on 4th March, and ahead of her Wigmore Hall debut on the 11th April, RDMR secured Dinara Klinton a prime time slot on BBC In Tune on Tuesday 22nd March.
The week prior saw discussion floating around of repertoire, interview talking points, press releases, the panic of needing a page turner or not and endless listening of earlier examples of artist interviews on In Tune, all in order to prepare Dinara for her time on the air.
There are two things to note about being on In Tune, is that it goes very quickly (you’re in and out of there in under an hour!) and the other is that the BBC lifts are completely ridiculous. The 8th floor is serviced by only one lift in the building, and clearly on this day, the most in demand. A rather nervy 4 minutes was spent repeatedly hitting buttons while Dinara fixated on her watch and stretched her fingers.
Twenty five minutes before she was due on, Dinara was whisked straight in to the studio, known for its unforgiving acoustics but rather nice piano, for a sound test while Murray Perahia’s recording of J.S. Bach was broadcast live to the nation. Myself and Ruth Knight from RDMR, helped ourselves to tea and reclined in the green room, whilst reading all the breaking news from the ENO.
Given In Tune’s tranquil and calm radio appearance, the production box is the proverbial swan’s legs, a team of people endlessly typing production notes, syncing trail links advertising other BBC Radio 3 shows and, for a good portion time, haranguing the news team for not yet sending through Gill Johnson’s (the newsreader) notes, which eventually arrived 12 seconds before she was due to be live on air.
Following the news, Dinara performed No. 5 of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes “Feux Follets”, receiving a round of applause from the team and tweets of admiration from listeners, before sitting with Sarah Walker to talk about how she practises this piece like she would brush her teeth “every morning, for five minutes” to remove its scariness. Dinara spoke excitedly about how she recorded the album in the Leipzig Gewandhaus and her happy memories of her first performance there in 2008, as well as the emotional range that Liszt expresses throughout the pieces, before finishing her experience on the show with the stunning Etude No. 10 “Allegro agitato”
CMF Artist and flautist Emma Halnan has won the Arts Club-Karl Jenkins Music Award, a classical music competition in collaboration with Classic FM.
Emma performed a repertoire by all female composers including Kokopeli by Katherine Hoover and Concertino by Cécile Chaminade. As the winner, Emma has the chance to record the winning performance as well as a work composed especially for her by Sir Karl Jenkins, in a London studio with it broadcast on Classic FM.
Emma was in talented and competitive company, beating five other finalists for first prize by a judging panel consisting of high-profile figures in the arts such as Clarinettist Emma Johnson MBE, Carol Barratt (composer of educational music), Patrick Lemanski (Head of Warner Classics) Sam Jackson (Managing Editor for Classic FM) and former CEO of ABRSM, and a past Master of The Musicians’ Company Leslie East OBE alongside Chairman Sir Karl Jenkins.
The judges had the support of a consultation panel consisting of internationally renowned soloists including Alison Balsom, Nicola Benedetti, Catrin Finch and Dame Evelyn Glennie.
Y-Squared, with the help of the CMF production team, transform the stunning Asylum Chapel into an atmospheric burlesque club for the filming of Nikolai Kapustin’s ‘Burlesque’. The Chapel was given a makeover complete with red-tinted lighting and a custom red neon sign for Yasmin and Yelian of Y-Squared’s performance. They were true professionals as they braved the cold to perform an exhilarating rendition of Kapustin’s dynamic ‘Burlesque’.
Yasmin and Yelian of Y-Squared during filming
The chapel was later filled with beautiful cream candles creating a softer, more elegant feel for their second recording of the day, the second movement of FrédéricChopin’s Cello Sonata.
The day was filled with music, biscuits, a lot of tea and coffee, and not enough heaters for us all. Be sure to keep checking our Facebook, Twitter and website for more information and the eventual unveiling of Y-Squared’s videos which are set to be truly brilliant.
Yelian checking the sound for Soundman John Moore
The team taking a look at the opening footage
Ian Dingle, the director and Mark Popple, the cameraman discussing a shot
Mark running through a practice shot
Ian talking to Yelian about the music for a shot
Yelian performing for the video
Ian, John and James Hancock from Hancock Artists admiring a take
Yelian and Yasmin of Y-Squared get pictures with their custom neon sign
John taking time out to serenade us on the piano
Scarlett McGrath, hair/makeup changing Yasmin’s look for the second video
Yelian practicing between takes
Yasmin practicing between takes
The second set was stunning
Tabitha McGrath, producer taking a look at the footage with Ian and Mark