On The Couch with Arturo Castro Nogueras, Andrew Taylor (APO), Fiona Leonard (Blue Goat Theatre), & Nyani Quarmyne

BBC Radio 3 Presenter and Reading Fringe Festival guest curator Fiona Talkington is joined on the couch by artists appearing at the Festival and well known local personalities for a chat to start the day with a smile.

Puerto Rican, Cuban and Mexican guitarist, Arturo Castro Nogueras, draws on a rich cultural background that spans his diverse heritage. Born into a family of musicians, he has performed solo and chamber music recitals all over the European and American continents. In 2010 the “Youth Comission” and the “Puerto Rican UNESCO Association” named him “Guitarist of the Year” and at age 20, he was invited as a soloist to play the opening concert of the “Santiago de Queretaro Festival” with the festival’s orchestra. Hear Arturo’s music at www.arturoguitar.com

Andrew Taylor is the Music Director of Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra (APO). Reading born and bred, Andrew set up APO in 2002 and has conducted over 50 concerts to date, with repertoire ranging from Albinoni and Vivaldi, through to directing nearly 150 performers for Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony. He is committed to promoting young musicians and new music, and has overseen the commissioning of 27 pieces by APO Young Composers Award winners. Learn more at www.aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk

Fiona Leonard is a writer and playwright based in Düsseldorf. Her company Blue Goat Theatre champions diversity and inclusiveness both on stage and behind the scenes with productions exploring the human condition in all its messy, humorous splendour. Learn more at www.bluegoattheatre.com

Nyani Quarmyne is a photographer committed to social justice, development and the environment. Currently based in Düsseldorf, Nyani’s work is global, for publications, organisations and charities including Comic Relief, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Médecins Sans Frontières, Plan International and Save the Children. See his work at www.nqphotography.com


  • Performer: Reading Fringe Festival presents...
  • Price: FOC
  • Tagline: The Festival’s early morning chat show with a difference
  • Run time: 60 mins


  • Venue: The White Building
  • Date: Friday, 27th July 2018
  • Start Time: 08:00
  • End Time: 09:00
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