Edward Seckerson

Writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson is Chief Classical Music and Opera Critic for The Independent. He wrote and presented the long-running BBC Radio 3 series Stage & Screen, in which he interviewed many of the most prominent writers and stars of musical theatre. He appears regularly on BBC Radio 3 and 4. On television, he has commentated a number of times at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. He has published books on Mahler and the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and has been on Gramophone Magazine's review panel for many years. Edward presented the 2007 series of the Radio 4 music quiz Counterpoint. He has interviewed everyone from Leonard Bernstein to Liza Minelli; from Paul McCartney to Pavarotti: from Julie Andrews to Jessye Norman.

Independent podcast - Will Todd

Composer/Pianist Will Todd has been playing the piano since he was three and composing since he was seven. In his own words: "If I had free choice about how I would spend my musical time I'd run a Jazz club in a cathedral with gigs on Friday and Saturday nights, vibrant eccumenical and cross faith worship on Sundays and big choral concerts as often as possible - featuring the best professionals alongside community and youth choirs."