Interviews

M meets Vartan Melkonian Part 1

Armenian composer Vartan Melkonian has been on a remarkable journey that has spanned both continents and musical genres, from 50s American pop through Western classical music to Middle Eastern folk.

M at The Proms: Simon Holt

For our third instalment of M at The Proms, we spoke to Bolton-born composer Simon Holt about his life and work.

M at The Proms: Judith Bingham

Sought-after British composer Judith Bingham wrote the new organ piece The Everlasting Crown for the annual Proms festival this year. It debuted yesterday at London’s Royal Albert Hall by organist Stephen Farr, and has already received critical acclaim.

M at The Proms: Kevin Volans

To mark the 117th Proms, M will be talking to some of the composers whose work will be premiered at the Royal Albert Hall this year. We will be asking upcoming and established composers, including Simon Holt, Judith Bingham, Vartan Melkonian and Graham Fitkin, about their careers and finding out about the burning issues that face classical composers in Britain today.

Soul Talk part two

M recently spoke to Soul Talk, a UK band that hark back to classic R&B artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder.

Javed Akhtar on Bollywood

For over 30 years Javed Akhtar has been one of the most influential forces in Bollywood. A seventh generation Urdu poet, he has carved out a distinguished career as a scriptwriter and lyricist for many of Bollywood's most popular films.