Edward SeckersonWriter, Broadcaster, Podcaster, and Musical Theatre obsessive.

Edward 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 also regularly produces podcasts of interviews with notable musical and theatrical artists and makes regular appearances on the BBC Radio 2 Arts ShowBBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, where he presented the 2007 series of the music quiz Counterpoint. On television, he has commentated at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition on a number of occasions. He has published books on Gustav Mahler and the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and has been one of Gramophone Magazine‘s review panel for many years.

More recently he has conducted live interviews on stage with musical theatre stars in his Singular Sensations series at Charing Cross Theatre, with celebrated actors at the St James Theatre and eminent classical musicians at the Barbican, Milton Court, and Ivy House among others. In these shows, Edward’s objective is to trace the artists’ careers, uncovering insights into their working process through a mix of conversation, recordings and live performances.

Edward’s recent musical theatre interviewees have included Kerry Ellis, Howard Goodall, Janie Dee, John Wilson, Jenna Russell, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, Gavin Creel, Hannah Waddingham, Stephen Ashfield, Maureen Lipman, Sophie-Louise Dann, Daniel Boys, Louise Dearman, Julian Ovenden, Patricia Hodge, Alex Gaumond, Cynthia Erivo and Jamie Parker. He has interviewed Patricia Routledge on many occasions in their highly successful show Facing the Music: A Life in Musical Theatre, which focuses on Patricia’s extraordinary but perhaps less well-known career in musical theatre. Recent conversations with classical artists have included Dame Janet Baker, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Thomas Allen and Sir Antonio Pappano.

Edward also hosts a live show devoted to the life and work of Richard Rodgers entitled Rodgers Revealed, featuring Tony-nominated arranger, composer and musical director Jason Carr and Olivier Award nominee Anna Francolini. He and Jason are preparing a second show, Bernstein Revealed for 2016 focusing on the life and work of the legendary composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein, with whom Edward conducted one of the last in-depth interviews.

He has interviewed everyone from Bernstein to Liza Minnelli, Paul McCartney to Pavarotti, and Julie Andrews to Andrew Lloyd Webber.


Edward is a prolific writer and journalist. He is:





Previously he has been:

  • Chief Classical Music Critic for The Independent
  • Chief Classical Music Critic for The Sunday Correspondent
  • Classical Music Critic for The Guardian
  • Classical Music Magazine
  • BBC Music Magazine
  • Hi-Fi News & Record Review Magazine
  • The Strad
  • Has written also for The Times and The Sunday Times


A wide range of programmes on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 as writer, presenter, commentator and critic, including:

BBC Radio 3

  • Stage & Screen – Writer and Presenter
    This long-running series included Edward’s acclaimed interviews with Julie Andrews, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Barbara Cook, Michael Ball, Stephen Sondheim, Elaine Paige, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John
  • Presenter Weekend Morning on 3
  • Presenter of The BBC Proms
  • Afternoon Performance
  • CD Review – incl. Building a Library and the annual ‘Critics Choice’
  • Nightwaves
  • The Changing Voice
  • In Character
  • Mining The Archive
  • Performance on 3

BBC Radio 4

  • Presenter of Counterpoint on BBC Radio 4, 2007
  • Kaleidoscope special with Sir Paul McCartney
  • Woman’s Hour with Elaine Paige


  • BBC Cardiff Singer of the World coverage
  • Julie Andrews sings Richard Rodgers – Polygram Video/TV Special
  • Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note
  • Jacqueline du Pre: Playing With Fire
  • The South Bank Show: Leif Ove Andsnes
  • Maxim Vengerov: Playing By Heart
  • Dame Margaret Price – In conversation at Wigmore Hall

Clients have included:

  • EMI Records
  • Barbican Centre
  • Sony Classical Records
  • Naxos Records
  • English National Opera
  • Glyndebourne Festival Opera
  • Opera North
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • City of London Festival
  • Josef Weinberger Ltd
  • Halle Orchestra
  • Curve Theatre, Leicester
  • Sondheim – In Good Company


  • Chairman of the Jury for The Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year
  • Judging panel for The Voice of Musical Theatre Competition in Cardiff
  • Judging panel for The Voice of Tomorrow – the Final
  • Moderated public interviews with Stephen Sondheim (Queen’s Theatre, London) and Charles Strouse (Shaw Theatre, London)
  • Pre-performance events for the BBC Proms, English National Opera, Cheltenham Festival, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: public interviews with Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, John Tomlinson, Jonas Kaufmann, Juan Diego Florez
  • Wigmore Hall: Evenings with Anja Silja and Margaret Price
  • Singular Sensations at Charing Cross Theatre



  • Numerous dramas incl. The Archers, BBC Radio 4: Peter Stephens


  • Young Winston (dir Richard Attenborough)
  • Julia (dir Fred Zinnerman)
  • A Bridge Too Far, (dir Richard Attenborough)


  • The Regiment
  • Get Some In


  • Bristol Old Vic
  • Tyneside Theatre Company
  • Timothy West Company at the Billingham Forum
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe


  • Mahler: His Life and Times (Omnibus Press)
  • Michael Tilson Thomas: Viva Voce – a collection of conversations with the American conductor (Faber and Faber)
  • Liner notes & EPK Promotional Videos for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Decca, and others.
  • Essays on Leonard Bernstein’s Candide and The Merry Wives of Windsor in Music for the Edinburgh Festival and Royal Shakespeare Company programmes


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