The votes have been counted and the results are in! In our May issue podcast, we celebrate the winners of the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2019 – including the wonderful Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, whose album Johann Sebastian Bach has won Recording of the Year.

Elsewhere in the news, we hear that the Hallé is launching a new conducting competition, the Royal Opera House joins other leading arts organisations to offer courses for female conductors and the Warner record label has announced its latest signing… an algorithm.

Also in this episode, you can sample our May 2019 cover CD featuring the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year and find out what new recordings have caught the ears of the editorial team.

This episode is presented by deputy editor Jeremy Pound, with managing editor Rebecca Franks and reviews editor Michael Beek. It was produced by Jack Bateman.


Links: News: Hallé conductor competition: https://www.halle.co.uk/siemens-halle-international-conductors-competition/; Female conductor courses: http://www.classical-music.com/news/leading-arts-organisations-announce-new-scheme-support-female-conductors; Warner signs an algorithm: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/22/algorithm-endel-signs-warner-music-first-ever-record-deal; BBC Music Magazine Awards: http://www.classical-music.com/article/bbc-music-magazine-awards-2019-0; BBC Music Magazine May issue: http://www.classical-music.com/issue/may-2019; First Listen: Anaïs Gaudemard's harp album 'Solo' (Rebecca's choice); Leonard Slatkin's Copland (Jeremy's choice); Panufnik's Zen Love Song (Michael's choice)


Rebecca Franks
Rebecca FranksJournalist, Critic and former Managing Editor of BBC Music Magazine

Rebecca Franks is the former Managing Editor of BBC Music Magazine and a regular classical music critic for The Times. She is currently writing her first children's book.