TOMMY PEARSON is one of the UK’s most versatile music broadcasters.Trained as a composer and percussionist, Pearson had a successful early career as a session musician and arranger before reinventing himself as one of the main voices on BBC Radio 3. He started with the ground-breaking show for young people, Music Machine, and went on to present all the major strands on the network, including In Tune, Morning on 3, Music Matters, Stage and Screen and hundreds of live concerts, including the Proms. Pearson also appears regularly on BBC4 television. On BBC Radio 4 he has presented the quiz show
Currently, Pearson produces and presents exclusive podcasts for the CBSO, regular audio and video for the LSO and the Barbican Centre, has various television projects in development and plays percussion in orchestras.
For more information, visit Tommy's official website or his production company website, Red Ted Films.
For as long as EDWARD SECKERSON can remember, music and drama have been inseparable for him. Long before 'Elocution' became 'Speech and Drama', he could be heard playing Tom Forrest's adopted son Peter Stephens in The Archers . Early piano lessons were frustrating; violin lessons were also a mistake. But percussion - that was...well, a blast. He took zealously to the hardware through a variety of youth orchestras, amateur, and semi-pro bands. Sir Simon Rattle has the dirt on his cymbal playing (Mahler's Sixth Symphony has never been quite the same since). And so amateur 'skin bashing' vied with amateur dramatics.
After a short stint in the record industry, his journalistic career was born with Classical Music magazine and soon grew to take in most major music publications. He is still on the review panel of Gramophone magazine, and is currently chief music critic for The Independent. Edward has three times been a commentator in BBC TV's coverage of the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, and has published books on Mahler, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
For the last 8 years Edward has been prominent on BBC Radio 3, first presenting the weekend breakfast show and then Stage and Screen. He was also heard fronting 'Afternoon on 3' and still appears as guest on CD Review.
Alongside his Independent reviews and features, Edward currently presents podcasts for English National Opera and Jospeh Weinberger.