The lead­ing stars of the clas­si­cal world

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

Ap­par­ently, just as a per­for­mance is about to be­gin, ac­claimed Bri­tish dou­ble bassist Chi-Chi Nwanoku feels as if she's tak­ing her marks at the start­ing blocks on an ath­let­ics track. Then, when the con­duc­tor's ba­ton comes down, Nwanoku is straight out of the blocks, work­ing to­wards the fin­ish­ing line, while the au­di­ence, much like the crowd in a sta­dium, watches on with ex­cite­ment. Ac­tu­ally, this ad­mis­sion from the Lon­don-based mu­si­cian of Nige­rian and Ir­ish de­scent isn't that sur­pris­ing, be­cause from the age of eight, Chi-Chi was des­tined for an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer as a 100-me­tre sprinter. At 16, she nar­rowly missed qual­i­fy­ing for the 1972 Mu­nich Olympics, and two years later was on track for the next Games in Mon­treal. Then dis­as­ter struck – a knee in­jury meant that she could never again com­pete at a na­tional level. Dev­as­tated, she re­turned to school, and thank­fully dis­cov­ered that fate had some­thing pos­i­tive in store for her – mu­sic. Nowa­days, Nwanoku is es­tab­lished as prin­ci­pal bass with the Or­ches­tra of the Age of En­light­en­ment, as well as be­ing a cham­ber-mu­sic per­former and pro­fes­sor of dou­ble-bass stud­ies at Lon­don's Trin­ity Col­lege of Mu­sic. She is also the host of a weekly re­quests pro­gramme on BBC Ra­dio 3 and was a jury mem­ber of BBC2's Clas­si­cal Star. Tonight, she joins Katie Der­ham for this week's jam-packed edi­tion of weekly mag­a­zine show Proms Ex­tra 2015 (BBCTwo, 7pm). The pair will be joined by bari­tone Rod­er­ick Wil­liams, who may be feel­ing a lit­tle sleepy af­ter per­form­ing Bach’s much-loved Mag­ni­fi­cat, Mass in G mi­nor and Bran­den­burg Con­certo No. 2 along­side the BBC Singers and the Academy of An­cient Mu­sic dur­ing last night's Late Night Prom at the Royal Al­bert Hall. Wil­liams will also be look­ing for­ward to his next Proms ap­pear­ance on Septem­ber 11 when he is tak­ing to the stage along­side con­duc­tor Sir Si­mon Rat­tle and the Vi­enna Phil­har­monic to sing part of El­gar's in­tox­i­cat­ing The Dream of Geron­tius. Among the other Proms high­lights up for dis­cus­sion tonight are Bach's solo vi­o­lin works, which were per­formed by vi­o­lin­ist Alina Ibrag­i­mova. Katie, Chi-Chi and Rod­er­ick also look back on the Na­tional Youth Or­ches­tra’s an­nual visit to the Proms a fort­night ago where they fo­cused on Mahler's work.

Top class: Katie Der­ham presents the weekly mag­a­zine show.

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