Our Guest Curator

This year the Fringe asked two wonderful women to curate part of the festival (and don’t worry you don’t have to be called Fiona to curate at the Fringe). Here is a little bit about them both…

FIONA TALKINGTON

Find out about Fiona’s New Music Commission here.

An award- winning BBC Radio presenter Fiona was born in Reading where she went to school and University and where she  still lives. For over 20 years Fiona has been one of the main presenters on BBC Radio 3, presenting programmes from Breakfast to the Proms. She is a founding presenter of the Sony Gold Award  BBC programme ‘Late Junction’ bringing together her love of music which challenges boundaries and delights in contemporary culture, supporting new music  as well as the heritage of other eras, other cultures.

As a curator she has worked with venues such as the Royal Opera House and  Kings Place, and has worked extensively with the Norwegian music and arts scene, bringing together British and Norwegian musicians for which she was honoured with the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.  Fiona has written widely on the Norwegian Jazz scene. She has also presented for BBC 6 Music and for BBC Radio 4.

“I’m thrilled to be a guest curator for the Reading Fringe Festival this year” says Fiona.  “I am so impressed with the way it engages Reading’s vibrant community, supporting new talent and celebrating international excellence. There’s a real sense that Reading’s fantastic cultural scene is about to enter a new and exciting chapter and it’s an honour to play a small part in this for my own home town.”