THE Backstage with Robert Emery PODCAST

For me, music is about moving other people. I don’t just want to move myself; I want to pass on my emotion and my feelings to an audience.
— Robert D.C. Emery

In this special episode of the 'Backstage with Robert Emery' podcast, RDCE discusses if the genre of classical music is alive and kicking, or if it's as dead as the press would like you to believe.  

What actually is classical music?  Has classical music ever been popular?  What can we do to change the image of the stuffy concert hall?  This episode is designed to be short and answer these long asked questions as best as any musician can.

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  • What is Classical music? [01.11]

  • Classical Rockstars [05.01]

  • Male dominated world [11:24]

  • Classical music on the radio [16.12]

  • Classic FM [17.08]

  • Scala Radio [18.20]

  • The concert hall pitfalls [20:14]

  • Classical Spectacular [21.25]

  • California Symphony experiment [22.55]

  • Chicago Sinfonietta [25.20]

  • Music education [29.03]

  • Classical:NEXT [31.34]

  • Classical Composers of tomorrow [35:19]

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About RDCE

RDCE (Robert D.C. Emery) is a conductor, pianist and serial entrepreneur.

He is lucky enough to travel the world; ranging from performances in London's Royal Albert Hall, through to the Sydney Opera House, RDCE has seen them all.

Besides music, RDCE is the Founder & Director of The Arts Group; one of the most diverse entertainment companies in the UK. Within the portfolio is a national music tuition agency, symphony orchestra, choir, artist agency, record label and production company.

Aside from that, he lives in London and Cambridge, has a wife (Mrs E), a toddler (Master T) and 4 cats.



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