ABC's Margaret Throsby talks to Professor Holmes

9 August

Professor Andrew Holmes AM, the inaugural veski innovation fellow and recipient of a 2012 Royal Medal from the Royal Society, joined ABC Classic FM radio host Margaret Throsby for an hour of classical music and discussion about science.

 

Andrew was invited to choose a selection of classical pieces which were played during the program while he was interviewed about his childhood, education and career in Australia and the United Kingdom. In her opening remarks, Margaret reminded listeners that there were lots of achievements outside of the Olympics at the present time.

"While everyone gets excited about the gold medals being won in London let's not forget Australian achievement in other areas...".

The program included a range of classical pieces representing different points in Andrew's personal and professional lives, including:

  • Chopin’s Grande valse brillante Waltz No 1 in E Flat Opus 18 played by pianist Arthur Rubinstein, which Andrew heard Rubenstein perform in London
  • Peter Hurford playing the trio sonata no one in E-flat major BWV 525 by JS Bachon on the organ in the Chapel of New College Oxford. Andrew said the piece requires perfection in performance.
  • Choir of Clare College Cambridge, recently in Australia for a tour of Sydney and Melbourne, performing a piece by 16th Century Dutch Composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck called Gaudete omnes.

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