Reading On Vocation with Ramona Koval: Musicians
Backstage before a gig or killing time in the van, musicians love to read. Joining Ramona Koval are opera singer Ali McGregor, conductor Richard Gill and Oz rock legend Shane Howard along with their favourite reads.
Howard tells of how he convinced Australian historian Manning Clarke to write liner notes for Solid Rock, while McGregor remembers great stalker pop songs and opera burlesque. And Gill reveals his rules of cryptic crosswords along with the reason poetry shouldn’t be set to music.
Richard Gill is an internationally respected music educator and conductor. He has been artistic director of OzOpera, artistic director and chief conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the adviser for the Musica Viva in Schools program. He is currently music director of Victorian Opera.
Shane Howard is the singer/songwriter behind Australian classic like “Solid Rock” and “Let the Franklin Flow”.
Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.
Ali McGregor is an opera and cabaret singer currently hosting the cult favourite Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.