UP CLOSE is a series of six podcasts recorded during the second Covid-19 lockdown in early 2021.

Each episode features interviews and music from our resident musicians Ensemble 360 and special guests, presented by Tom McKinney, our Sheffield Programme Manager and regular voice on BBC Radio 3.

The extracts from conversations that you can listen to on our Sounds of Now feature pages will also be presented in fuller form as a podcast later in 2022. 

Up Close Episodes

Adrian Wilson (oboe)

UP CLOSE Episode 1

Adrian performs Tomasi; Matt and Naomi talk Age Better; Bernard Gregor Smith reads from A Quintessential Quartet; and Claudia from Beethoven's life; before Beethoven’s Ensemble 360 play his String Quartet Op18 No.5.

Duration: 1:04:41
Claudia Ajmone Marsan (violin)

UP CLOSE Episode 2

Ellen Sargen discusses 'Passau' with Tim and Laurène which we revisit from SMCF18; Claudia continues reading from Beethoven; Ellen, Lawrence Osborne and Emily Howard discuss composing for chamber ensemble.

Duration: 01:02:03
Raye Harvey (violin)

UP CLOSE Episode 3

Matt quizzed by Sheffield Music Hub and performing Reich. Raye Harvey and Elliot Bailey discuss their careers in chamber music; more from Bernard Gregor Smith, Claudia & Beethoven, and another 'Evocation' from Adrian.

Duration: 01:02:24
Naomi Atherton (horn)

UP CLOSE Episode 4

Horn players Naomi and Jo ask 'why do horns hunt in pairs?' plus alphorn call; Claudia reads Beethoven's letters; Bernard Gregor Smith his memoir; and Ensemble 360 perform Dvořák's Piano Quartet No 2.

Duration: 1:16:47
Ruth Gibson with viola

UP CLOSE Episode 5

Ruth plays Bach and talks about walking and Bach with author Horatio Clare. A behind the scenes look at making our brand new 360 videos of Beethoven, Britten and Bartok and the latest in our ongoing serialisations.

Duration: 01:04:53
Ensemble 360 String Quartet

UP CLOSE Episode 6

Adrian concludes his Tomasi with a portrait of his home in Scotland; Juliette and Ben discuss Stravinsky 1882-1971, 50 years since he died; a lyrical trio from Bruch and a look forward to our plans from SMCF 21 online.

Duration: 01:02:25


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