People of Note

FINE MUSIC RADIO  |  Podcast , ±55 min episodes every 1 week, 4 days  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
PROUDLY SPONSORED BY PIETER TOERIEN PRODUCTIONS. People of Note is broadcast on Sunday evening at 6 pm on Fine Music Radio with a repeat on Thusday afternoon at 1 pm, presented by Rodney Trudgeon.

Says Rodney: “There are a number of fascinating people who pass through Cape Town and I’ve always felt there to be a need for a programme that allows an in-depth discussion with these personalities. Whether their fields are music, literature, theatre, dance, opera or even politics and economics, we’ll invite them into the studio to talk about their lives, inspirations and role models, among other things.
“Rather like the famous BBC programme, Desert Island Discs, I’ll ask my guests to bring with them their six or seven favourite pieces of music to share with us.”

Among the long list of guests on the programme so far have been people such as Rhoda Kadalie, Lord Robin Renwick, Petronel Malan, Pieter Dirk Uys, Ruby Wax, Jonathan Roxmouth, Imam Rashied Omar and many more.

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People Of Note - Mervyn Williams

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is MERVYN WILLIAMS who has just celebrated 36 years with Cape Town City Ballet. Mervyn has been making magic both on and off the stage for all those years – first as a dancer and now as Head of Wardrobe, as well as managing education skills. He also performs as a character dancer and will be appearing in the forthcoming production of Cinderella as one of the Ugly Sisters.

People Of Note - Tracy Edwards

I’m very excited to introduce you to my guest on People of Note this week. Tracy Edwards MBE is a British sailor who, in 1989, skippered the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round The World Yacht Race and went on to become the first woman to receive the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy. Now days she’s a highly competent and resourceful leader, manager, project professional, fund raiser, team builder, motivational speaker and writer. Tracy is in Cape Town briefly to visit her yacht Maiden and its crew.

People Of Note - Glenn Babb

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is the former diplomat Glenn Babb whose new book called “In One Era and Out Of The Other” has recently been published. As most people are aware, the mid-1980s
Was a very difficult time internationally for South Africa. Demands for sanctions against South Africa were becoming more and more intense with the country’s diplomats at the forefront of resistance. Glenn Babb’s new book tells a fascinating story of trying to sell South Africa abroad and trying to persuade the government to follow up on its commitment to change, despite the catastrophe of PW Botha’s Rubican speech.

People Of Note - Gustavo Romero

For his first guest on People of Note for 2023, Rodney Trudgeon has invited the concert pianist Gustavo Romero into the studio. About a year ago, Gustavo performed all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas for the Cape Town Concert series at the Baxter Concert Hall. Now, from 7 January, Gustavo is back, this time with the 13 completed piano sonatas of Schubert over 4 concerts. We discussed the differences between these two great composers and the various difficulties of their piano sonatas.

People Of Note - Marin Alsop

Fine Music Radio has a veritable treat for you on Christmas Day. The guest on People of Note on Sunday is probably the most famous guest Rodney Trudgeon has interviewed - the internationally famous conductor MARIN ALSOP. Classic FM in London voted Marin Alsop as one of the top 18 conductors of all time. Quite an accolade because others on the list include Karajan, Abbado, Klemperer and Bernstein. In fact Marin was a pupil of Bernstein’s and then had to fight an immense battle to conquer the male dominated world of conductors. Marin was in Cape Town to conduct the Mzanzi Orchestra in Beethoven’s 9th.

People Of Note - Geoffry D Tribe

Imagine being a bee lover ad research and yet you are violently allergic to bee stings. This is the situation with Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week, GEOFF TRIBE. Despite the ever present danger of an anaphylactic attack, honey bees have been a perpetual source of fascination for Geoff during his 40 year career in entomology. He has just published a fascinating book called Honey Mountain. This is the story of the Heuninberg since ancient times – its history of occupation, exploitation, development and the miraculous Cape honey bees who survived it all.

People of Note - Guy Deacon

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week has a remarkable story to tell. His name is Guy Deacon and. 10 years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He realised how lucky he was in the UK with access to neurologists and medication, in contrast to many people across Africa who don’t. So, he set out in his VW Camper and travelled from Sussex in England, down the west coast of Africa, to Cape Town to disseminate his knowledge
of the disease.

People Of Note - Wessel Odendaal

It’s always exciting when a new musical opens and this is what will happen on the 8th December when the Abrahamse and Meyer production of Star Crossed opens at the Artscape Arena. It tells the story of the eccentric Elizabeth Klarer who, in 1910, alleged that she was abducted by aliens where she had a son. The music was written by the South African composer and music director Wessel Odendaal and Rodney Trudgeon spoke to him about his score for the musical and about his many musical activities.

People of Note - Jonathan Shapiro

Arguably South Africa’s most famous cartoonist is Zapiro, whose real name is Jonathan Shapiro. His cartoons have the ability to make us laugh but also to make us cringe and feel uncomfortable as he snipes at our politicians, including international figures, and, as he says, even in his crazy mind he couldn’t invent a country with our curious goings on. Zapiro has just released his 27th annual collection called It’s Not How It Looks and it makes for fascinating browsing.

People of Note - Sarita Stern

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is a very brave and very passionate opera singer. Sarita Stern was the victim of a tragic incident in 1974 when an intruder threw acid into her face just a few days before she was due to make her debut as Carmen. Gradually she regained some sight in one of her eyes and went on to sing and to becoming a much sort after singing teacher. Many of her students are now singing internationally and, at 91, her passionate search for beautiful sound along with her hunger for spiritual fulfilment is a story of triumph over setbacks. All this is now published in her memoir called The Inner Voice of Sound.

People of Note - Coenie De Villiers

Arguably one of South Africa’s best known performers and songwriters is Coenie De Villiers. He has released 22 albums of his own works, received a huge number of awards, he’s written and opera and a ballet and he anchored the kykNet flagship magazine programme Kwela for 17 years. Coenie began his career as an announcer on several radio stations after lecturing in Media and Communication Sciences at the University of the Free State. The play he does with author Deon Meyer, Karoo Suite 2, has just ended a hugely successful run at the Theatre on the Bay.

People of Note - Matthew Wild

Cape Town Opera in collaboration with the UCT Opera School are presenting Handel’s exciting, fantasy opera ALCINA at the Artscape Theatre from the 12th to the 16th of November. The opera is being directed by Matthew Wild who is widely recognised as the leading music theatre and opera director of his generation in South Africa and he is now increasingly in demand in Europe where his productions are earning praise for their conceptual intelligence, visual bravura and musicality.

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