UoR Music Podcast

UoR Music Podcast

The official University of Reading Music Podcast hosted by James Smith alongside Ben Stone. The boys give their not-so-expert take on all things music from within the university and beyond. Featuring special guests, intellectual discussion, less intellectual discussion, music from local performers and more...

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January 27, 2021 2 min

We will be taking a short break as we revamp the podcast! We will be back, under a new name and with a few changes. So keep your eyes peeled for when we return, bigger and better than ever! You can still watch or listen to every episode so far, and we'll be uploading a few bits of unseen footage over the next few weeks. See you soon...

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This week the boys put on their dancing shoes and waltz into the world of dance. Talking all things from Strictly to their favourite moves in the club. We then speak to Richard Sawyer, dance captain for the Reading University Ballroom and Latin Society (RUBLS) who tells as about his journey into dance, the effect it can have on musicianship and the exciting world of competitive ballroom dancing. 

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January 15, 2021 47 min

We are back for 2021! In our first show of the new year, James and Ben turn their not-so-expert discussion to the world of punk rock and the culture surrounding it. From exploring what the word punk truly means to how the music spread across country. They are also joined by Professor Matt Worley, an actual expert in Modern History, who provides a more informed discussion on punk and its impact on the world. Get ready punksters...it...

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December 18, 2020 65 min

This week, James Claus and Ben the Red-Nosed Reindeer present their merry take on all things Christmas music. From cheesy hits to classic carols, the boys explore the best and worst in xmas songs as well as their music review of 2020. We're also joined by some University of Reading alumni friends who share their experiences of music at the uni, a few festive favourites and give some advice to those feeling the uni blues. There&...

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December 11, 2020 44 min

This week the boys bring out a bit of the old 'razzle dazzle' as they discuss all things Musicals! From Hammerstein to Hamilton and Sullivan to Sondheim - they give their not-so-expert opinion on the stage and beyond. We're also joined by the President of the Reading Uni Drama Society (RUDS), Em Rayson, who talks to us about how she got into performing, the importance of live bands, joining a society in these strange ti...

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November 27, 2020 49 min

This week we get to hear some actual music! The boys chat to two artists who are former members of the University of Reading Singer/Songwriter Society: Somer Hickory and Edward House as well as playing some of their original music. We talk recording in lockdown, the importance of jamming with others, where stage names come from and much more... 

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November 20, 2020 45 min

This week the boys discuss some of their favourite film music from John Williams and Hans Zimmer to Beyonce and Elton John, cross-examining what makes it so important to movies. They are also joined by special guest Dae Lee, professional drummer and Musical Director of the University of Reading Big Band. He tells us about his roots into jazz, what it takes to go pro, reviews his time so far with the band and much more.

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November 13, 2020 44 min

James Smith hosts the first episode of the UoR music Podcast with help from Ben Stone. This week the boys talk about their experiences of music at the University of Reading, the effects of COVID on music and look forward to some of the exciting lockdown events coming up. They are joined by special guest Victoria Ely, artistic director of University of Reading Music, who tells us about her own experiences in music and discusses the ...

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