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10:05 am Wednesday 4 March: Freddy Kempf
British concert pianist Freddy Kempf is in demand around the world performing, and increasingly conducting orchestras from the piano.
The 38-year-old made his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of eight. But his adult career really began to take off when he didn't win the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998. His third placing provoked a barrage of protests from the audience and the Russian press who accused some of the judges of bias.
He speaks with Kathryn about his love of Beethoven, of performing and the challenges of the job.
11:05 am Wednesday 4 March: Artist of the Week: The Pop Group
One of the first and most influential post-punk bands, The Pop Group came from Bristol mixing elements of reggae, dub, Krautrock, punk, funk and whatever else the four bandmembers were listening to at the time. Their original run was short and abrasive releasing two albums and a handful of singles in 1979 and 1980. By 1981 they had disbanded, but not before leaving an indelible impression that lasts to this day. Nick Cave was just one of The Pop Group’s biggest fans and chances are other post-punk bands such as Gang Of Four, Wire and The Slits owe a huge debt as well. The band has recently reunited, completely intact and have just released a new album, 'Citizen Zombie'. It sounds as fresh, aggressive and dangerous as their records from 35 years ago. They play their first and only NZ concert Wednesday night at The Kings Arms.
10:05 am Thursday 5 March: The Bletchley Girls
The story of World War Two code breaker Alan Turing has just been told in the film The Imitation Game. But what the film misses, is the story of the thousands of women who also worked at Bletchley Park – the hub of Britain’s most secret organisation, where German, Japanese and Italian encrypted messages were deciphered.
Six thousand women worked at Bletchley Park during the war, many of them operating the code-cracking machines developed there. They were forbidden to talk about their war work, and many went for decades without speaking of it.
Award-winning British broadcaster and historian Tessa Dunlop tracked down 15 veteran women and features their stories in a new book The Bletchley Girls. War, secrecy, love and loss: the women of Bletchley Park tell their story.
10:05 am Friday 6 March: Sonia Faleiro
In her latest book, 13 Men, award-winning Indian-born journalist and author, Sonia Faleiro investigates one of her country's high profile rape cases, in which it was alleged a 20-year-old was gang raped under orders of the village council for falling in love with an outsider. Sonia Faleiro travelled to the isolated village in West Bengal and interviewed the victim as well as local villagers and the village council and found the media coverage of the story had been in many cases wrong, and the issues were far more complex than many realised.
Sonia Faleiro has previously delved into the murky world of Bombay's dance bars and has written for Vogue India, India Today and the New York Times. She a co-founder of Deca, a global journalists cooperative that creates long-form stories to read on mobile devices
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