06.22.11 'Secrets of the Pop Song' - airing soon on BBC2...


How do you write a pop song? What are the magic ingredients? How do they make us feel the way we feel? With unprecedented access, this new three part series follows the songwriting process from pen and paper to first public performance. Along the way we find out some of the songwriting secrets of the trade. Professional songwriter Guy Chambers, best known for his collaboration with Robbie Williams, writes three brand new songs: a ballad, a breakthrough single and an anthem and he does it with three famous collaborators: acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, the chart busting band The Noisettes and pop maestro Mark Ronson. Songwriting big hitters Sting, Brian May, Lemont Dozier, Boy George and Neil Tennant tell us how they wrote some of their best-known hits.


EP1 “Ballad”
Saturday 2nd July at 9.45pm
Produced & Directed by: Clare Beavan / Editor: Enda Mullen

EP2 “Breakthrough Single”
Saturday 9th July at 9.45pm
Produced & Directed by: Linda Brusasco / Editor: Steve Ellis & David Richards

EP3 “Anthem”
Saturday 16th July at 9.45pm
Editor Producer: Mathew Tucker / Editor: Tim Pearce

Series Editor: Helen Terry / Executive Producer: Alex Cooke / Series Producer: Clare Beavan
Assistant Producers: Dan Murdoch & Poppy Edwards / Production Manager: Claire Bugden
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Nordjyske’s critic Bent Stenbakken ended up completely surrendering to the Sting concert on Monday evening in Aalborg. He gave it six out of six stars. Can you expand relatively simple pop songs and get them to give new musical meaning by playing them in grandiose symphonic arrangements? This question is usually relatively simple to answer. The answer is, namely, no. The melodic material is normally too thin, resulting in nice-sounding but actually irrelevant layers of musical background that merely get in the way, without adding anything rewarding or new...

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Congratulations to Donal Hodgson who has won a 'Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy' award for his work on the A&E Private Sessions programme which featured Sting at Red Rocks on the US Symphonicity tour last year. Donal, together with Production Mixers Blake Norton and Carlos Hernandez won the Emmy for 'Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing - Live Action and Animation'...
''A musical feast with Sting... Sting did not need any embellishments on stage. The audience were won from the opening notes of the first song. Sting began strongly. The first sounds of one of his biggest hits "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" provoked a storm of applause with the audience singing loudly at the first chorus. With a standing ovation in the first rows of after the song, Sting for a moment gestured for fans to sit down. But he soon had to get used to such a reception, because the audience responded enthusiastically to almost every song throughout the two and a half hour concert...''
A decade into her career as a conductor, Sarah Hicks '93 had ''the first of two turning points.'' She was conducting a Minnesota Orchestra program featuring the group Pink Martini, the first pops show she'd ever done. Some classical musicians look at such work as slumming, but Hicks found it a revelation: ''I thought, ‘Wait a second. This is legitimate, well written, evocative. I'm having fun, the orchestra's having fun. What's not to like?''' Sarah Hicks interviewed in Harvard magazine
Sting managed to cross rock with the classical. The singer sang his own biggest hits and those of The Police with classical musicians. And he did it perfectly. This tour has stopped here in the city for the second time. Sting is touring with a program of symphonic treatments that, of course, is an order of magnitude more difficult. The first concert he gave at the Crocus City Hall last autumn left a positive feeling, and it was very interesting to see what has changed in the show nine months later...

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