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What we have been getting up to lately...

Stephen Bowman

one of the Blake vocal trio, who are appearing in Malvern On December 3rd, chatted to Pete Phillips about how the group came about, their new Christmas album, A Classic Christmas, and their collaboration with Dame Shirley Bassey for the Christmas single which is released on December 18th

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Ed Hooper

a former Worcester Ambulanceman came into the studio to chat to John Boardman about his life and a little something he has done for Christmas...

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Emma Earle

is directing Mr Popper's Penguins which comes to Malvern Theatres on November 30th and December 1st, the world première of this brand new family musical, adapted from Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book (which also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey)

David Bower chatted to Emma about the show

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Lawrence O'Shea - Talk-Show

Lawrence fronts his new band Talk-Show - a band with a good pedigree as the always wonderful Boo Hewerdine is involved, Lawrence chatted to Pete Phillips about how the band, and the collaboration with Boo, came about And the dinosaur? You'll need to listen to the interview to find out what that's all about (and to hear the title track "All Messed Up (and nowhere to go)") !

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Gary Mac

is bringing Islands In The Stream to Pershore's Number 8 on 21st November

David Bower chatted to Gary about the show

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Hannah James

Hannah James appears at the Malvern Cube on Friday 6th Nov in only the second show of her very first solo tour which is entitled Jig Doll. Hannah chatted to Pete Phillips about what the show entails - there are clogs involved! For more details listen to the interview, as well as one of her songs, here:
 

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Greg Pearson

is a young up and coming singer/songwriter from Edinburgh with a brilliant new song out now called These Walls. Pete Phillips chatted to Greg about his singing career so far, a large element of which was either touring pubs or on booze cruises! The music is great though and the new song is at the end of the interview

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Judy Collins

The lovely Judy Collins is appearing at the Malvern Forum on Saturday 24th after having released her first studio album in four years, Strangers Again, for which she invited a cast of icons and young talents to sing with her from Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne and Jeff Bridges to Glen Hansard, Ari Hest and Bhi Bhiman and in doing so, performs a revitalized “Send In The Clowns” and breathes new life into “Hallelujah"

David Bower chatted to Judy about her career and tour

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Ocean Film Festival

This comes to Malvern Forum Theatre on October 27th and promises to showcase the world’s most amazing ocean films film above and below the water’s surface - seven different films in fact

Organiser Nell Teasdale, who is also responsible for the venue's Banff Mountain Film Festival, chatted to Pete Phillips about the evening

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Nothing to Hyde

This is a new play which is being performed by 4Front Theatre at the Coach House, Malvern

Their artistic director Rob Holman (who is also the actor playing Jekyll / Hyde), chatted to David Bower and Tony Deakin about the show

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Panto!

Well, not quite yet but we were invited over to Malvern to chat with some of the stars of this year's show, Peter Pan

Tony Deakin chatted to Andrew Agnew, Jessica Punch and Mark Moraghan from the cast

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The Portraits

The Portraits are Jeremy and Lorraine Millington and have been around for a decade or so with some 5 albums under their belt. October 2nd sees the release of their new album Lions and Butterflies and this contains their utterly gorgeous new song Walls of Silence. Tom Robinson loves their music as does Lembit Opik! Jeremy chatted to Pete Phillips about how they came about and what lies ahead and the following week, it was Lorraine's turn for a chat

More details on the band are available here: www.theportraitsmusic.com

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Iain Lee

Iain presented his show Iain Lee Vs Radio at Huntingdon Hall and very funny it was too. Being a former hospital radio person himself, was more than happy to chat to Pete Phillips and Tony Deakin after the show

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Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

A long way from home, the three lads who form the cleverly-named Ten Strings and A Goat Skin treated the audience at Huntingdon Hall to a superb set of folk music from their native Canada as well as Scandinavia and France with touches of Ukraine and the Middle East.

The three lads (Caleb Gallant,18 years old, as percussionist with older brother Rowen on violin and Jesse Périard on guitar) were clearly genuinely thrilled to be playing to UK audiences and this was only their second night of their short UK tour (last night performing in Milton something-or-other...) and Worcester welcomed them with open arms, particularly enjoying their chatty and friendly nature on stage and expert musicianship, and after the showPete Phillips got to have a chat with them

www.tenstringsandagoatskin.com

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The Upbeat Beatles

The Upbeat Beatles are performing at Malvern Theatres on Saturday 5th September at 7:45pm in a concert in aid of Malvern charity EIL UK
David Bower chatted to Mel Nock, CEO of the charity, about the work it does and the concert

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Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

A long way from home, the three lads who form the cleverly-named Ten Strings and A Goat Skin treated the audience at Huntingdon Hall to a superb set of folk music from their native Canada as well as Scandinavia and France with touches of Ukraine and the Middle East.

The three lads (Caleb Gallant,18 years old, as percussionist with older brother Rowen on violin and Jesse Périard on guitar) were clearly genuinely thrilled to be playing to UK audiences and this was only their second night of their short UK tour (last night performing in Milton something-or-other...) and Worcester welcomed them with open arms, particularly enjoying their chatty and friendly nature on stage and expert musicianship, and after the showPete Phillips got to have a chat with them

www.tenstringsandagoatskin.com

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Nozstock

Monday nights Now & Then Show was kindly invited along to this years Nozstock Festival: The Hidden Valley on 24-26 July 2015.  The family run festival is situated just outside Bromyard, Herefordshire. Accommodating up to 5000 festival goers it’s an intimate affair packed with friendliness, fun and a musical line up suited to all tastes.  Nozstock reached new heights this summer with its brilliant and bold lineup whilst retaining its sense of escapism and eccentricity. With the 9-stage site housed across a fully working farm and filled with a vibrant crowd, a magical weekend of music, comedy, theatre, dance, film and much more unfolded. Each stage is set around different areas of the farm itself, all brimming with character and a real life atmosphere and charm that other events struggle to achieve.

The intermittent rain also didn’t manage to knock anyone’s spirits as big names were welcomed to the stages including Hip Hop pioneers De La Soul, the soulful sounds of Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Fuse ODG, Neville Staple Band, Beardyman, Hollie Cook, Molotov Jukebox, Will and The People, By The Rivers, The Mouse Outfit ft. Dr Syntax & Sparkz, DJ Hype, Congo Natty and many more all put in amazing performances.

Rob Mace, Now and Then Show Presenter, said “it was great to see such an eclectic line up at such an intimate festival. It's rare to get such a mixture of artists in one place, from soul music to ska, folk to grime, right through to jump up jungle!  It’s a great reflection of the diversity of music nowadays, something which we cover on our show each week. Friday nights Hospitality Takeover made a welcomed entrance to the festival this year and it was great to see well established DJs there too such as Kenny Ken and the one and only DJ Hype!   A special thanks to the Rob, Pete, Ella and Julie Nosworthy,  Andi Spowart, Toki Allison and Damo Jones.”

www.nozstock.com

Michael Armstrong

A relative newcomer to the music scene, Michael has certainly hit the floor running with a brand new - and superb - debut album of self-penned songs plus a couple of covers, including a brilliant version of Billy Joel's Allentown. Michael chatted to Pete about how he got the where he is today. He is on tour with Leo Sayer and later, with Vonda Shepard who appears at Huntingdon Hall on October 15th. More info on Michael on his website: www.michaelarmstrongmusic.co.uk

 

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Thank you for the music - The ultimate tribute to Abba and the Bee Gees

comes to Malvern on Saturday July 18th. David Bower chatted to producer Gary Mac and revealed something we didn't know about himself too!

 

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Vita Ross from Vita And The Vicious

chatted to Pete Phillips about her band and their current EP release Bender and admits that in addition to her current music tastes of pop/punk/synth/rock, she would really rather like to do a 1940's style gig or sing with The Rat Pack...

 

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An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show

is presented at the Swan Theatre on July 11th. Julian Essex-Spurrier leads the production in a fully choreographed, highly interactive celebration of the music from the iconic movie including the songs Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Hungry Eyes and the Oscar-winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life . David Bower & Tony Deakin chatted to Julian about the show

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The Royal Three Counties Show Ross

The showground again hosted a wide variety of serious livestock judging and entertainments for the whole family, with the usual plethora of tradestands and the Red Arrows too. Included in the show this year too were dancing sheep...!

Robert Ross

Robert is an expert on all things comedic - "a fine writer, an invaluable comedy historian and an all round good chap" according to Bill Oddie. He chatted to Pete Phillips about his involvement in ITV3's recent series Carry On Forever and about all sorts of other funny stuff. And next time we get him back to chat to, we'll be discussing Doctor Who!

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The RHS Malvern Spring Festival

The weather stayed predominantly good for the visit by Tony & Barbara Deakin and Pete Phillips and there were plenty of photo and interview opportunities

Bella Hardy

is on tour, coming to Worcester on May 8th, has a new album With The Dawn (which according to The Sunday Times is "Nothing short of a masterpiece") and is none other than BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year 2014
Bella chatted to Pete Phillips and Chris Smart about the tour, the album, her background and how to bake the perfect gluten-free, vegan, non-dairy coffee and walnut cake!

Pete Phillips also chatted to her after the show

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Rusty Lee

Tony Deakin caught Rusty during rehearsals at Malvern Forum for Show White, where she plays a Fairy Reporter (no skates required!)

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Mike Hall - Classic Clapton

Mike is back playing at the Artrix in Bromsgrove on Friday April 17th. He chatted from his home in the North East to Pete Phillips and Chris Smart about the current tour and revealed that this may well be the last one south of his homeland...

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Tom Greaves

Tom pays Captain Brice in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia which is currently playing at Malvern Theatres
He chatted to our very own David Bower and Tony Deakin about the show and about what he used to get up to in Malvern...
And apparently the mutton chops are real!


 

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Meadow Birth Centre

This new unit, separate from the maternity unit, opens in March giving lucky mums-to-be the chance to use the brand new facilities. We were given the chance to look around the new unit and Tony Deakin chatted to Patti Paine, the Divisional Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Louise Turbutt, Meadow Birth Centre Team Leader and two Amy's, mum-to-be and James, expectant father, whilst David Bower took some photos of the new unit and people involved


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Karnataka

The band played a superb gig at Huntingdon Hall all all 5 members - founder and guitarist Ian Jones, vocalist Hayley Griffiths, guitarist Enrico Panni, Keyboardist Cagri Tozluoglu and drummer Jimmy Pallagrosi - happily chatted to Pete Phillips and Ian Raine after the show. Great music from a truly international and talented group of musicians

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Clare Teal

The lovely Clare will be appearing at the Malvern Forum on March 26th with her show, A Tribute to Doris Day with Clare's Hollywood Style Orchestra and Matthew Ford
Our equally charming John Boardman chatted to her about the show and her singing career

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Wayne Denton - A Celebration of Neil Diamond

appear at Huntingdon Hall and Tony Deakin chatted to him about the show

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Karnataka

will be appearing at Huntingdon Hall in March and Pete Phillips chatted to vocalist Hayley Griffiths & the guy who started it all off, Ian Jones. An obvious question is where does the name come from. All is revealed in the interview...

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Kathryn Tickell & The Side

appeared at Huntingdon Hall and we enjoyed a great evening of superior musicianship - and clog dancing!

After the show, Kathryn chatted to Pete Phillips and Chris Smart

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The Richard Alston Dance Company

This pioneering dance company are celebrating their 20th anniversary and are coming to Malvern Forum on February 25/26. Martin Lawrence’s new dance work ‘Burning’ has been setting fire to dance floors across the country, alongside the breathtakingly fast Overdrive, and Nomadic with its hip hop and urban music influences

Tony Deakin chatted to one of the performers, Elly Braund, about the show

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

comes to Malvern Forum on February 27th & 28th - showing 8 different adrenalin-packed films (with some quieter moments too) of extreme sport and living

Pete Phillips chatted to Nell Teasdale about the event, the third time it has come to Malvern

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Snoezelen Drum-a-thon

10 hours of drumming to fund-raise for the charity. Who doesn't like making a noise?!

Pete Phillips chatted to Jane Roberts about the day's event

Make a donation- you know you want to! www.justgiving.com/snoezelendrum-a-thon

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Wendi Peters

possibly best known for playing the infamous Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, will be coming to Malvern in February in Oh What A Lovely War, where you will get to see a totally different side to this talented actress...

She chatted to Pete Phillips, Tony Deakin and David Bower about her career and the forthcoming show (which runs from 16th to 21st February)

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Jane Horrocks & Sally Bankes

Both are currently starring in Ayub Khan Din's new presentation of East Is East - a real treat in store for audiences. Both chatted to Pete Phillips after the show...

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Ian Ashpitel & Jonty Stephens

who will be in the production of Eric & Little Ern at the Malvern Theatre on December 2nd chatted to David Bower about the role

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Celtic Guitar Journeys

A Scotsman, a Welshman and a Frenchman walk into a Hall and...
play two hours of sublime Gaelic guitar music
The three in question are Dylan Fowler, Ian Melrose (actually from Middlesborough but with Scottish parents( and Breton Soig Sibéril who, two weeks ago and after 3 days rehearsals together, started touring as Celtic Guitar Journeys (or Teithiau'r Gitar Geltaidd), with the Hall as their only non-Welsh gig. Beautiful evocative music, beautifully played and nice guys to chat with Pete Phillips after the show at Huntingdon Hall as well

And Worcester in Welsh? Caewrangon. You live and learn...!

http://celticguitar.moonfruit.com

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Lauren Drummond

who's appearing in J. B. Priestley's Dangerous Corner at Malvern Theatres chatted to David Bower about the show, her career and life in the North...

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Philip Pope

musician, writer, actor and composer (of The Chicken Song amongst other notable titles...) chatted to Pete Phillips about working with Rory McGrath on their current show which comes to the Bromsgrove Artrix on November 15th and about the nightmare of having his 20 year old son require a heart transplant. You can read all about that, his meeting with the young donor's father and the importance of organ donation here: www.willpope.co.uk

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Paul Clarke

whose company Uninvited Guests is currently touring with This Last Tempest and Love Letters Straight From Your Heart (both coming to Malvern) chatted to Pete Phillips about the show

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Mike Hall

under the guise of Eric Clapton plays Huntingdon Hall and chatted to Pete Phillips about the show and how the last 29 years as a tribute act have treated him...

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Lucy Hodgson

chatted to Tony Deakin at the opening of the exhibition "World War One - In the words of the Worcestershire people" which is at the City Art Gallery & Museum until March 14th

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Henry Luxemburg

is currently on tour in Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at both the Alexandra Theatre (w/c 6/10) in Birmingham and Malvern Theatres (w/c 13/10)

He chatted to Tony Deakin about the show and one of the draws of Malvern - a Waitrose!

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Mark Watson

had a great gig at Huntingdon Hall and afterwards chatted to Pete Phillips about the show and our unusual venue, as well as re-instating "the raffle will be drawn from the stage!)

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The Three Counties Autumn Show

A very pleasant two-day event in the glorious September sunshine with plenty of stalls and things to see and enjoy. Tony & Barbara Deakin and Pete Phillips interviewed some of those there: Rob from Pheasant Acre Plants (Gold Medal Winner), Adrian from Bringsty Forge (noisy!) and Markus Kobelt from Swiss fruit plant company Lubera (tasty!)

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Dean Elliot - Paul Simon of the Simon & Garfunkel Story

Dean, currently touring with his show, visits Malvern on Friday October 3rd. He chatted to Pete Phillips about the show and the forthcoming move to the West End

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The inaugural Worcester 10k run

This took place at Pitchcroft and around the city and our intrepid reporters Tony & Barbara Deakin went down at some unearthly hour on a Sunday morning to get the facts from, amongst others, runners Paula Radcliffe and local guy Tony Whiteman

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Rory McGrath

Rory, along with Philip Pope, appear at Huntingdon Hall on September 18th. Pete Phillips chatted to Rory about his career from the early days at the BBC writing lines for the likes of Frankie Howard and Windsor Davies to his latest escapades in the 7-series Three Men In A Boat and the books he has written

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Worcester Music Festival

is back for 2014 and Pete chatted to Mick from the organisation about what we can expect this year

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A Summer Of Festivals

As part of the Monday night Now and Then show, Chris Aggrey and Rob Mace have been providing a guide to music festivals throughout the summer season.  This has involved information features and exclusive access to festivals to find out for themselves what was on offer.
 
On the end of summer review, The Now and Then show has awarded the best dance music festival to Global Gathering and the best local festival to Nozstock.
 
Rob said "We were delighted by the sheer range of dance DJs making the line up at
Global Gathering, providing two full days of beats, bass and summer vibes. We were spoilt for choice enjoying long term super DJs like Hype, right through to current chart hitters such as Sigma and Breach. The Hospitality stage alone was non stop musical splendor."
 
The following week the show moved onto
Nozstock, the Hidden Valley just down the road in Bromyard. With around 5k people in attendance, a local farm was transformed into a bustling hive of musical friendliness. This featured an eclectic range of music from live bands to DJs of all genres alongside stalls, local beers and ales, tasty food and an untainted festival spirit capturing the summer. For a small event, it also packed some big punches with heavy weight British hip hop veteran Roots Manuva headlining on the Saturday night, giving a performance brimming with roots vibes, deep lyrics and dancehall baselines to see the night out in style. 

A special thanks to the Global Crew, Ella Nozworth and Damo for allowing us access and dont miss out on early bird tickets for next year!

www.nozstock.com
 
globalgathering.com

Chris Bevington

Chris has a new CD of predominantly blues music out at the moment and he chatted to Pete Phillips about how the album had come about.

Entitled Chris Bevington and Friends, it is obviously a collaborative album and is available from I-Tunes etc and also tracks can be heard Soundcloud and Youtube. Chris' own website is www.chrisbevingtonmusic.co.uk

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My Choice is live!

Months in the planning, we have launched our brand new show My Choice daily at 4pm

Music with a meaning, chosen by and presented by a wide range or hospital staff, station members, local celebrities, musicians, charity volunteers, etc, this one hour show features music which says something to the people who chose it - and will mean something to you too

We were privileged to have the jingles for the show, as well as the launch itself, performed by BBC/IRN/TalkSport/Global Radio presenter, Howard Hughes and voiceover of many of the annual British Comedy Awards (formerly of Radio Wyvern too!)

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TruckFest South West and Wales 2014

This once again came to the Three Counties Showground and with good weather, a great time was had by all. We did interviews with local hauliers A B E and Whites, had a chat with the guys aiming to hit the speed record of 1000 mph in South Africa and their Supacat support crew and saw an impromptu recovery of trucks as they struggles to get out of the main arena. We even had an interview with former Corrie star Michelle Keegen!

29th Upton International Jazz Festival

Chris Aggrey attended this annual event. A special thanks to Tanya Gledhill who helped organise the 29th Upton International Jazz festival the weekend of the 27th June 2014. There was a whole heap of festivities, talented acts and live music. The highlights were the youth Jazz band orchestra and the influential duo on violin and guitar Ben Horde and Will Barnes. Looking forward to the 30th event in 2015

Open All Hours

comes to the Swan in July - Tony Deakin chatted to Jane and Gary from the show

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Immortal Chi

came to the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham and Tony Deakin chatted its Production Manager

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Guests at the Royal Three Counties Show

As usual, we were invited to cover this event, which this has added the "Royal" to its title. It certainly added good weather as well and two exhausting days were spent there enjoying the entertainment and interviewing those who helped put on the shows, including the Red Devils Parachute Regiment Team, the Bolddog Lings and the Husqvarna English Pole Climbing Competitions

The Magic Of Motown

came to Malvern and David Bower chatted to its producer, Michael Taylor

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Guests at the Throckmorton Airshow

Invited to the show for the first time, this was a wonderful day out for anyone even vaguely interested in planes. The weather improved dramatically for the air displays and everyone enjoyed the hospitality of organisers Samantha Jones and Angus Nairn. Back next year for sure!

Thank you for the music!

Prior to this tribute to Abba appearing at the Pershore Number 8 Community Arts Centre - and celebrating 40 years since Waterloo stormed to victory on the day of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 final itself! - David Bower talked to show producer Gary Mac about this lively presentation of many classic Abba songs

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Hafdis Huld

Five days after chatting to Boo Hewerdine, we chatted to Iceland's Hafdis Huld, for whom Boo has written two tracks on her brilliant new album, Home (he gets everywhere!)
And if you want to know where the beautiful dog Mosi comes into the story, listen to the interview!

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Boo Hewerdine

Boo was in Eddi Reader's band at the concert in Worcester and happily chatted to Pete and Chris whilst the support was playing. By far, the most enjoyable and funny interview we have ever done at a gig! Enjoy!

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Mario Kombou

Mario will be performing in The Elvis Years at Swan Theatre in Worcester on Friday May 9th at 8pm. David Bower chatted to Mario about the show

The Elvis Years is born out of the same people that were behind (and in) Jailhouse Rock in the West End including original star Mario Kombou and is led by legendary producer, musical director and Ivor Novello award-winner David Mackay. The show goes from the early days of Sun Studios and That’s Alright Mama, through the Hollywood years of GI Blues and It’s Now or Never, the ‘68 TV special with All Shook Up, culminating in the legendary Las Vegas concert, with In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds and American Trilogy.

As a special treat, buy your tickets now and get two for the price of one. Just call the box office on 611427 and quote CH241

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Peter Miller - live from Australia!

Guitarist Peter, who hails from Brisbane in Queensland, called us up to have a chat about his excellent new album Songs Without Words and chatted to Pete Phillips and Chris Smart about the album and how he gets his influences for a Celtic-tinged set of tunes (www.petermillermusic.com

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The Searchers - again!

Almost hot on the heals of their pre-Christmas show, the guys were back in Worcester after a tour in Australia. Before an excellent singalong St George's Day show, Pete Phillips spoke to lead singer Frank Allen 

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Peatbog Faeries

Appeared at Huntingdon Hall and, although nothing had been arranged, we got to chat with Peter Morrison and Ross Couper after the show, whilst their set was being dismantled. Smashing guys and the show, it has to be said, was absolutely superb and played to a capacity audience which was great to see!

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HBA Awards Night 2014

Although we did not manage this year to improve on the 5 Top 10 placings which we achieved (so no Gold, Silver or Bronzes this time around), a good time was had by all

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Dave Peterson

or rather Paul McCartney in The Magic Of The Beatles coming to Huntingdon Hall on April 4th, chatted to David Bower about the band and the concert

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Eddi Reader

will be coming to Worcester to promote her brand new album, Vagabond. In this extensive hour-long special, she chatted to Pete & Chris about her life and how vital it is to keep folk and roots music alive today, topped and tailed with two tracks from the album

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Choice, Worcester Male Voice Choir & Snoezelen

We brought together the Choir and Snoezelen which resulted in a concert at a coffee morning at St Martin's Church in Worcester with proceeds going to the charity

Chris Smart, our Programme Controller and member of the choir, is pictured here with Jane Roberts from Snoezelen and with the choir in full flow

Theatre of the Damned

bring The Ghost Hunter to Worcester's Swan Theatre and Pete and Chris chatted to writer Stewart Pringle and actor Tom Richards about this fascinating one-man play

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Eddi Reader

will be coming to Worcester to promote her brand new album, Vagabond. In this extensive hour-long special, she chatted to Pete & Chris about her life and how vital it is to keep folk and roots music alive today, topped and tailed with two tracks from the album

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Nell Teasdale

is promoting the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour which was due to visit Malvern and spoke to Tony Deakin about the films

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Grant Simmonds MBE

chatted to Tony Deakin about all sorts of topics from leaving school at 15 to working in the Stock Exchange and his involvement in the Battle Of Worcester Society

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Hazel O'Connor

is out on tour and has a new album, Here She Comes. Prior to coming to Huntingdon Hall, Hazel chatted to Pete Phillips from her home in Ireland about her past and her current musical inspiration

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Gyles Brandreth

is looking for happiness. At least, that is the name of his new show and, prior to his appearance at Huntingdon Hall, chatted to Tony Deakin about it

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Richard Ede

is one of the actors in the Reduced Shakespeare Company's "The Bible - abridged" which plays at the Swan Theatre. He chatted to David Bower about the play and his career

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Warren James

is bringing his unique take on skiffle music to Huntingdon Hall and chatted to Chris and Pete on the Sunday Supplement about the origins of the music

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Ben Bowman

takes on the persona of Michael Jackson in Jackson Live In Concert at the Malvern Theatre and prior to the show, he chatted to Chris and Pete on the Sunday Supplement about the show and his career to date

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Keith Parry

popped in to David Bower's show to chat about Worcestershire Telecare and all that the service can provide to people in the county

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Gray O'Brien

came to Malvern to star in The Perfect Murder alongside Les Dennis, Claire Goose, Steven Miller & Simona Armstrong in Peter James' play

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Worcester Chiropractic Clinic

asked us to help in promoting an Open Evening for back pain sufferers so we produced a trail to tell listeners what it is all about

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Maureen Nolan

came to Malvern to star in Blood Brothers as Mrs Johnstone and chatted to Tony Deakin about the play and the role

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Getting nominated for awards!

5 nominations in the HBA Awards for 2014:

Station of the Year (all presenters represented in this entry)
Male Presenter of the Year - Pete Phillips
Female Presenter of the Year - Ellie Lengthorn
Special Event - Truckfest 2013
Best Specialist Music Programme - Choice Classics (Tony Deakin, Garth Williams & David Bower)

And here they are: Right click here and select Open in New Window to hear the entries

The Searchers

came to Huntingdon Hall for what is now an annual Christmas show. Frank Allan, who has been with the band since 1964, chatted to Pete Phillips and Chris Smart about nearly 50 years of life on the road...

They will be back in Worcester at the Swan Theatre on St George's Day (April 23rd) and for the next Christmas show on Dec 19th 2014

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Snoezelen for Christmas

The Snoezelen charity presented a day-long concert of Christmas Carols at the Crowngate Centre to help raise awareness and funds

with Glenn on keyboards and Andy on percussion

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The Two Worlds of Charlie F

returns to the Midlands in 2014 and is coming to Malvern from March 31st to April 5th

David Bower spoke to Cassidy Little about the play and where else it is going to

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Sam Buttery talks to Tony Deakin

Sam, currently on tour in Viva La Drag!, spoke to Tony about the show, prior to it coming to Malvern

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A Christmas song for Help For Heroes

Georgina & Chrissy have written this beautiful song with every penny raised going straight to the 'Help For Heroes charity

Right-click on the image below to view the video of the song in a new window!

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Vote for your nurses!

The Patient's Choice Award is one where you can vote for a nurse, midwife, health visitor or healthcare practitioner who has made a real difference to you or someone you love. You have until January 3rd to vote - click on the image for more information

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Adele Silva talks to Tony Deakin

Adele, currently on tour in the one-woman show 51 Shades Of Maggie, spoke to Tony about the show. No, that's not him in the photo!

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Penny Venables talks to Tony Deakin

Penny, the Chief Executive of the Trust, spoke to Tony about life in office since she joined the Trust early in 2012

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Max Boyce talks to Tony Deakin

Max, who is appearing at Huntingdon Hall in October, had a chat to Tony about his career and his current 40th anniversary tour

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Gina Price goes Back To Broadway

Gina spoke to Pete Phillips about the show prior to its arrival in Malvern

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Snoezelen

This local charity has just celebrated its 20th birthday. To celebrate, Jane Roberts and Glenn Pettit came to the studio to talk to Tony Deakin all about it...

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NOWZAD

In an exclusive interview direct from Kabul, Afghanistan, Pen Farthing - the creator of NOWZAD, a charity which looks after stray dogs and cats in the city - spoke at length to Pete Phillips about how and why the charity was first created, the work that it does and how it has launched an appeal for funds to secure its future

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The Film Orchestra

Just prior to their first ever performance, at the Swan Theatre on August 24th, creator Jane Whittle came up to the studio to chat with Tony Deakin about its beginnings and how it has developed, as well as what people can expect on the night

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TruckFest 2013

TruckFest, along with more than 1800 trucks, came to Malvern for the very first time and we went along to cover some of the events, including interviews with Ice Road Truckers Lisa Kelly & Alex Debogorski

It was enormous fun and the good news is - it will be back next year!

The Vaccine Research Trust

contacted us as they are running low on funds
We have produced a promotion for their service which you can hear here

2013 - Cycles of a Sunflower

We were invited to attend the preview night of this collaboration between New College, Worcester Arts Workshop and Worcester Snoezelen, this presented both an exhibition and a live musical performance. Some of the participants are pictured below and there is also an interview with co-ordinator Glenn Pettit and some of the performers

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2013 - 16th Worcester Beaver Scouts visit Choice

Some of the Beaver Scouts, along with some Cubs, mums and dads came up to the studio and each of them explained to presenters Peter Phillips and Tony Deakin what they had been doing and what they enjoyed about the organisation

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2013 - Tony Deakin interviews the Mayor, Roger Berry

as he approaches the end of his year in office

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2013 - Steve Carley interviews Tony Deakin and Julian Pugh

In a complete role reversal, Steve from the Worcester News interviewed Tony, as well as Julian (co-author of The Official History of Worcester City Football Club) about the club's 100+ year history and its future beyond the last game at St George's Lane at the end of April

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The Crocked Monsieurs are a South London based band, who have written and recorded a charity single Home Sweet Home in support of Refuge the charity that supports victims of Domestic Violence. Video: youtube Song: iTunes

2013 - Chris Aggrey visited the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival in March

Above are images from some of the sessions

Next year's festival is already in the planning - no doubt, more new to follow!

2013 - Bob Lawrence from the West Midland Safari and Leisure Park popped in to talk to Tony Deakin

About all things animals... and the night 130 baboons decided to wander into Kidderminster!

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2013 - Chris Jaeger wrote about us in the Worcester News

Thank you, Chris!

2013 - Oliver Carpenter introduces us to his new band Stomp and Holler

As well as discussing his other musical interests, Mumbo Jumbo and the Blues at the Fold festival...

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2013 - Jane Whittle and Dave Etheridge from The Film Orchestra

Jane and Dave came into to talk about their new venture - a new project for grade 6+ musicians who want to play original music for film, TV and radio and enjoy the experience of ensemble music making

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2013 - John James from Re-Con Malvern

John James organises unsigned bands to appear at the new Re-Con venue in Malvern, under the name of "Cakie Presents"
John came into the studio to chat about the venue and the acts which he has booked

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2012 - Worcester Snoezelen launch their Big Build Appeal

And we are helping them to promote it

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2012 - Phil Mountford

Phil is the creator of Fordante, the critically-acclaimed and award-winning crossover classical ensemble who perform music from some of the greatest film soundtracks alongside their own beautiful and enchanting original music, chatted to Pete Phillips about their forthcoming concert at the Ledbury Market Theatre

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We had the pleasure of hosting a number of members of the Hospital Broadcasting Association - our national umbrella organisation - prior to an excellent training day which the HBA organised to which all member stations were invited. Also present was Andy Carter who was one of the trainers. Given that Andy was going to be training us in presentation techniques, Tony just had to put on a great show!

Click on the link below to hear the couple of hours of music, chat and requests

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We have produced two trails to promote the work of ChildLine - thanks to Adrian Ross-Jones and Nick Wilkes for the voice-overs!

Click on the links below to hear them

    

2012 - Trevor Marriott

Former Murder Squad Detective Trevor Marriott chatted to Pete Phillips about his exposé of his investigations into the 1888 Jack The Ripper murders at Huntingdon Hall on Friday 13th July

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2012 - Blues at the Fold

Oliver Carpenter, organiser and participant in Blues at the Fold in Bransford on July 7th, came up to the studio to chat about the event to Pete Phillips, who also went to the event

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2012 - Three Counties Show

We were guests at the Three Counties Show, a wet and windy but nonetheless enjoyable day out, proving the weather is no match for us Brits! Apart from the array of animals, we also chatted to chefs Peter Lien and Sophie Grigson and Linda Scott from the University of Worcester

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2012 - Marie-Claire Berreen - album launch

A recent guest on Choice, Marie-Claire invited us to the launch of her new debut album ‘Box and a Ribbon’ at the Worcester Arts Workshop. Her trademark bells made an appearance too...

Click here to see the video recordings of Marie-Claire's live set and here to listen and/or buy the album

2012 - The Olympic Torch came to the city

And Worcestershire resident Sally Flood did us proud by lighting the flame at the Worcestershire Cricket Ground

Click here to see the actual lighting of the Olympic flame and some more pictures of the evening's events

2012 - Birds of a feather

The popular TV comedy Birds of a Feather has become a stage show and visited both Malvern and Birmingham

Tony & Barbara Deakin spoke to the cast at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham

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2012 - David Rex

Heroes (translated from the French by Tom Stoppard) is coming to Ledbury's Market Theatre for one night only
Actor David Rex chatted to Pete Phillips about the play in a conversation which somehow moved onto raising pigs!

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2012 - WMF at the Hive

The Hive in Worcester opened its doors to a wide array of bands and musicians, many of whom we interviewed

2012 - Phillip Gandey

Phillip Gandey, Director of the Chinese State Circus, had a chat on the phone to Pete Phillips about their performances over Easter weekend at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre

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2012 - HBA Awards

Our entry "Worcester 1651", based on the re-enactment of the final stages of the English Civil War on Powick Fields in September 2011, won the Gold Award in the Special Event category.

Judge Barnie Choudhury (former BBC Social Affairs editor and regular on Radio 4's Today programme - see first picture below) commented that it was "creative and something different"

Fellow judge Paul Sylvester (head of presentation at Absolute Radio) said it was "brilliant - massive respect"

Richard Smith - The A to Z of Pop's creator - joined us for a celebratory picture too

Other commended entries were a station promotion and an interview with the ladies of Busting Out

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2012 - Judie Tzuke

Judie Tzuke, who is appearing at Huntingdon Hall on April 2nd (www.tzuke.com) had a chat with Pete Phillips on the phone about her music, touring and her new album "One Tree Less"

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2012 - Dr Charles Ashton, Medical Director

Dr Ashton visited the studio to talk about the norovirus

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Dr Ashton also voiced a trail which will be played out regularly to the patients

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2012 - Penny Venables

The Trust's new Chief Executive, Penny Venables, popped in for a chat with Tony Deakin

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2012 - Alexis Strum

Singer and actress Alexis Strum (www.alexisstrum.com) - appearing at the Swan Theatre in Over The Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story - chatted to Pete Phillips over the phone about her work

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2012 - Steve Carley

Worcester News sports reporter Steve Carley popped in on New Year's Day for a chat with Tony Deakin

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2011 - Pantos!

Tony went to the Swan to interview two of the stars of the panto at the Swan Theatre, Ben Humphries and Fiona McGregor

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Tony & Barbara also went up to see the star of Grease at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, Robin Cousins

2011 - University of Worcester Drama Students

India, Lydia, Becky, Hannah and Helen came in to the studio to chat about their production of Franz Kafka's classic horror story "Metamorphosis" and very enlightening it was too!

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2011 - Battle of Worcester

We went down to High Street, the Commandery and Powick Fields and did a few recordings and took a few pictures

2011 - Tim Clarke

Editor of the Worcester Standard dropped in for a Friday evening chat with Tony Deakin

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2011 - More success at the HBA Awards

Third year in a row...
This time gaining the Bronze award for our documentary on the Worcester Snoezelen charity

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2010 - Robin Walker pops in for a chat

Worcester's MP Robin Walker visited the studio and his appearance was featured in the Worcester Standard

2010 - Worcester Music Festival took place from 20th to 22nd August

Hear our interview with Helen and Mick from the organising committee by clicking here

2010 - The Mayor pops in...

As usual, the Mayor of Worcester Andy Roberts, coming to the end of his year in office, came up to the studio to discuss the highs and lows of the past year and to choose some of his favourite music. The programme was covered by the local press

2010 - More success at the HBA Awards

The national awards took place in March 2010 and our entry in the Special Event category entitled Choice Across The Atlantic, based on the Atlantic Challenge below, was credited with second place.

What the judges said:

"Rowing our name across the Atlantic - an ambitious project according to the judges, instantly interesting, makes you want to hear more of it. A good original topic"

The judges said the entry was ambitious, and instantly interesting making you want to listen to hear more.  They said it was a good original topic, fun production in song choice and informative

Pictured below are Tony Deakin, Peter Phillips & Barbara Deakin

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2010 - The Atlantic Challenge

The race finally started nearly a month late and with a very unexpected twist of fate less than a week in for the team we are following. Check it out at www.insightatlantic.com

And the great news is the documentary which have produced has been shortlisted in the HBA Annual Awards in its category, Special Event

Last year we came out top in the same category with Blood, Bile, Leeches and the NHS

Here's hoping for a double this March!

 2009 - A very big thank you!

To our friends at the Worcester Music Festival who managed to raise a staggering £4068 pounds during their festival weekend, half of which has been donated to Choice.

A big thanks also to all the people who attended the concerts and events and who gave their money so freely

Here we all are receiving the cheque...

2009 - Worcester Feast!

The weekend of 4th to 6th September was a feast for food and drink lovers in Worcester with a three day festival

We went along to enjoy it, as well as having a chat with Rustie Lee, one of the many chefs who were giving demonstrations

And Ian Escritt later came upto the studio to chat about his product, Mrs Willis' Honey and Lemon cordial, and how he managed to get it from initial idea through to on the shelves at Holland & Barrett in just one year

Interviews:

Rustie Lee

Ian - Mrs Willis

John - Farmhouse Deli

Tim - The Gift Of Oil

Jenny - The Pampered Chef

2009 - Out and about

29th August saw presenter Dave Webber at Brockhampton Hall, providing the entertainment along with our display banner and board

2009 - A weekend of music

The Worcester Music Festival got underway on August 21st, opened by the Mayor of Worcester. Eight bands and artists played over more than 3 hours, which was broadcast live on BBC Hereford and Worcester

Chris Jaeger, Andy Roberts Mayor of Worcester, Andrew Marston & Lisa Ventura

The interview

Lisa Ventura & Chris Jaeger

The bands

The music

A track from Anna Rice

2009 - Madness across the Atlantic...

The guys from Team Insight (Andy, Benjy, Dominic and Paul) came up to the studio to explain what on earth they think they're doing rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic for charity! We put together a promotion for the trip, which you can hear in the Current Promotions section. Our station name will be on the boat and we will be following their progress from now until they return

We also got them to voice some lyrics for one of our competitions

Click on the link below and see how many of the 9 songs you can recognise - email us if you need the answers!

The words - but what are the songs?

2009 - Loungetree

Local band Loungetree from Wolverhamption came into the studio to chat about their new album and the gigs they will be performing at during the Worcester Music Festival in August (the interview and tracks from their new album Seasons are available to listen to above)

2009 - Insight Atlantic

Four men, one boat, 3000 miles of ocean - mad or what?

Decide for yourself by listening to the 3 Counties Show and studio interviews and the promotion we have produced (all available above) for the 4 lads who will be setting off in December in a rowing boat with the name of Choice on it. If you can help out or donate, go to www.insightatlantic.com where you will see full details of what they need and the charities they are raising money for

2009 - Mayor's visit

As usual, the mayor made a visit to the studio to review the previous 12 months in office. This time it was the turn of Lucy Hodgson who, in addition to telling listeners what had been the highlights of the last year, also presented her choice of music.  Her eclectic selection varied from choices such as Carmina Burana (as an avid fan of the Worcester Warriors), Elgar’s Nimrod and Carnival of the Animals and through to Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, with this decade represented by Duffy and Alesha Dixon, though she did also confess to still being a great fan of Abba after many years!

2009 - HBA Awards

At the HBA 2009 Awards in Blackpool, Choice Radio won the GOLD award for our entry in the Special Event category

The event covered was the NHS 60th anniversary Open Day in 2008 in which Peter Phillips and Ian Raine interviewed the people involved and music from each of the decades

Our entry was entitled "Blood, Bile, Leeches and the NHS" and the judges commented that "it was a well thought out documentary marking the 60th anniversary of the NHS. Its title, Blood, Bile, Leeches and the NHS, may not have sounded the most gripping name for a radio programme but perfectly described the events"

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Above from left: Barbara Deakin, Peter Phillips, Tony Deakin and Kevin Rushbrooke with the award and certificate

Above from left: Peter Phillips receiving the award from This Morning's Dr Chris Steele

And then it was back to the studio for a repeat presentation

We had an article about in us in the Worcester Standard

and another in the Worcester News and Worcester Journal

as well as a brief and succinct item on BBC Hereford & Worcester News

2009 - We interviewed Lisa Ventura and Chris Bennion from the Worcester Music Festival

And as a result, we produced an advance promotion with Lisa for their 2009 festival on August 21/22/23

You can visit their website by clicking here: www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk

2009 - We interviewed Sue and Robert Wilson from the Midland Musical Theatre Group

And as a result, we have produced a promotion for their Christmas show

You can visit their website by clicking here: www.mmtg.biz

2008 - Long Service Awards

On September 18th, we held a Long Service Awards evening to mark those members who have been with the station for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years

Along with Choice members and our President, Sally Young, we also had the pleasure of the company of June Snowden (President of the HBA), Worcester's Deputy Mayor (Andy Roberts), Trust Chief Executive (John Rostill), Volunteer Services Co-ordinator (Liz Williams) and the Chairman of the Friends (Mrs Westcott)

A good time was had by all...

2008 - NHS 60th birthday

We participated in the NHS 60th birthday celebrations at the Charles Hastings Education Centre on Saturday 16th August. There were plenty of interview opportunities...

Below are some of the pictures we took

2008 - WODYS sing live for the patients

Members of the Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Youth Society and their Musical Director and PR officer (plus a couple of parents) came upto the studio

Listeners were treated to some live accapella music and some chat, all in advance of their show "Back to the 80's" at the Swan Theatre from July 29th to August 2nd 

Below are some of the pictures we took

2008 - Outside broadcast from the hospital reception

Below are some of the pictures we took

2007 - HBA Awards

Our entry for the HBA awards 2007 based on Dave Webber's show was in the Top 10 and gained a very respectable Commended award from the judges

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