Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster, pondering everything from Helena Bonham-Carter’s hair in the 80s to Georg Friedrich Haas’s search for a unique sound. He has interviewed writers, singers and actors, composers, conductors and clarinettists. Well known for his work on Central Europe and classical music, Gavin is equally at home on Broadway and in Tolstoy’s Russia.
You can find his work in newspapers, including The Guardian, The Times and The Independent on Sunday, and in magazines like High Life, as well as in opera and concert programmes around the world. He appears frequently on BBC Radio 3, both as a guest and as a presenter, as well as on BBC Radio 4, speaking on programmes such as Start the Week, Saturday Review and PM.
Gavin also edits other people’s writing, as the commissioning editor of English-language programme notes for the Salzburg Festival and for the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Salzburg Easter Festival.
Gavin’s recent work includes writing for The Guardian, The Times and The Independent on Sunday, in addition to features for High Life, Opera and the Magazine of the Friends of the Bayreuth Festival. He has given talks this year at the National Gallery, the BBC Proms, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the CBSO, as well as making his first on-stage appearance at Wigmore Hall, and he has penned notes for the LSO, Wigmore Hall, Hyperion Records, Garsington Opera, Scottish Opera, ENO, the CBSO, the Royal Liverpool Phil, La Monnaie, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Santa Fe Opera, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Salzburg Festival and the BBC Proms.
Gavin’s broadcasting projects in 2016 include being the live interval guest on BBC Radio 3 at the New Year’s Concert from Vienna, speaking live about Mozart, Strauss, Brahms and the musical history of Dresden at the BBC Proms, being the music consultant and interviewed guest for a film about Semyon Bychkov’s Tchaikovsky Project and presenting Lunchtime Concert on BBC Radio 3.
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