Podcast: Backstage: Episode #16 Going Solo by Sage Gateshead published on 2019-04-11T12:06:06Z PODCAST: Backstage: Episode #16 Going Solo Angela Hewitt, Matthew Halsall, Sinead Morrisey and Amy Thatcher are our guests appearing in this “Going Solo” themed episode. Working collaboratively is all well and good, but sometimes we do our best work on our own, unhindered by conflicting viewpoints, unencumbered by compromise. So on this podcast episode, we hear from folk artist Amy Thatcher on what it’s like to leave the comforts of a big band to launch a first solo album. We get advice from Matthew Halsall on how to build a stirring jazz trumpet solo. Concert pianist Angela Hewitt describes how she handles the sole responsibility of holding an audience’s attention for an hour and more. And award-winning poet Sinead Morrissey gives us her tips for making listeners hang on your every word. *Backstage is a regular podcast where we go behind the scenes for exclusive interviews and insights from leading and emerging artists who’ll be taking to the stage at Sage Gateshead, and discover some of the activities that take place, and the communities that meet there.