Stephen Hough is regarded as a renaissance man of his time. Over the course of his career he has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist, but also as a writer and composer.
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Long before she won immortal fame as Sybil in Fawlty Towers, Prunella Scales had built a formidable television career, beginning with Pride and Prejudice. She attempted to forge a film career at the same time, but most of her best-known work has been for television, and specifically in comedy.
Roderick Swanston is a freelance lecturer, writer and broadcaster. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, the United States and Africa.
Heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, while being praised as “impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp” by Gramophone, Takenouchi’s curiosity and a natural penchant for integrity makes his playing and vast repertoire unique amongst his generation of pianists.
Petroc Trelawny is one of the best known voices on BBC Radio 3 where he presents the daily Breakfast programme and introduces ‘Live in Concert’, broadcast from concert halls across the UK.
Timothy West was most recently seen in The Donmar Warehouse production, The Vote, alongside Judi Dench, Mark Gatiss and Catherine Tate. He also played Stan Carter, head of the Carter family, in Eastenders on BBC1, and appeared with his wife, Prunella Scales, in Spun Gold’s documentary series, Great Canal Journeys on More 4.