17 May 2018

Upbeat for Thursday 17 May

From Upbeat, 11:38 am on 17 May 2018



New research shows sharks like jazz and not classical music. We play some tunes to help them change their mind, Decca signs three new artists, including Rebecca Dale - the first female composer to be signed to the label.

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1pm Dynamic Kiwi conductor returns home

New Zealand born conductor Gemma New is back in the country to conduct the APO and CSO in the coming week. She’s been busy traveling around the world bringing classical music to new audiences. She chats with David Morriss about being back on home soil, her growing career and how more women are stepping up to the podium.  

Conductor Gemma New

Conductor Gemma New Photo: Supplied


This week we are recognising great violinists. Today we celebrate the multi-talented concert soloist, chamber musician, cross-genre collaborator and conductor Joshua Bell. The video below shows Joshua playing incognito at a metro station in Washington D.C.