Andrew McGregor (5 November)
A familiar voice on BBC Radio 3, Andrew McGregor was brought up in a home ‘wallpapered’ by that station. His first musical explorations were as a child, picking out popular TV themes tunes with one finger at the piano. As his technique improved (thanks to some excellent teachers) he added violin, voice and organ to his musical gifts.
After spending school holidays ‘trying to pick up a girlfriend on orchestra and chamber music courses’, he ‘bluffed’ his way into the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as a violinist, playing Shostakovich under Kirill Kondrashin, and Stravinsky under Riccardo Chailly at the proms. This was his first experience of live broadcasting on Radio 3. Nowadays this takes the form of presenting many of the proms and the Saturday morning programme Record Review. He has vague memories of providing string backing for rock groups, and studying Stockhausen, and his postgraduate year was spent as a violinist at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies. He has fond memories of studying music at Surrey University and of singing alto in Guildford Cathedral Choir.
No doubt all the above will feature in tonight’s conversation with Andrew Keener, but expect also – perhaps above all - an evening of stories, insights and anecdotes on his work in Radio 3.