Tandem produces Inside Music for BBC Radio 3 every Saturday afternoon. It’s a show designed to allow listeners to appreciate music with new ears, guided by musicians who open it up from the inside. Presenters include multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, composer Hannah Kendall, cellist Natalie Clein, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, horn player Katy Woolley, and oud player Joseph Tawadros.
Midlands High Intensity Service: Veterans' Mental Health
We were commissioned to make an animation highlighting the launch of an important new NHS service offering mental health support to armed forces’ veterans and their families. Our short film serves as a powerful internal communication tool as well as an informative and engaging piece of client-facing content.
A fusion of musical insights and backstage gossip, LPO Offstage is a podcast series offering a behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. Presented by the saxophonist, broadcaster and music educator YolanDa Brown, it’s a chance to really get to know how a world class orchestra ticks. Catch it on your favourite podcast platform.
Source to Sea
We follow the exploits and thoughts of Scottish endurance cyclists Lee Craigie and Jenny Graham as they travel slowly down the course of three Scottish rivers. With bikes, packrafts, and tents they're looking for adventure (and possibly some peace of mind). Produced in association with the Adventure Syndicate and with the support of the Audio Content Fund, with music from folk singer Julie Fowlis. Catch it on your favourite podcast platform.
Stravinsky - River of Music
We curated a special mix of 50 pieces by Stravinsky for BBC Radio 3, sprinkled with the insights of performers, lasting five and a half hours. From Firebird to Fireworks, Rite to Ragtime and many surprising sounds in between, the River of Music gave listeners the unique chance to submerge themselves in Stravinsky’s musical world. We also made an animation containing objects relating to the composer’s life and music to accompany Radio 3’s Stravinsky 50 celebrations.
The Dunwich Dynamo
Experience a night-time journey from central London to the Suffolk coast on a bicycle in this episode of Slow Radio for BBC Radio 3. Marion and Alex cycled 120 miles from a bustling pub in Hackney to Dunwich beach, capturing the sounds as they went, including the mesmeric ticking of a freewheel, nocturnal wildlife, the dawn chorus, and the roar of the North Sea.
Free the Music with Pekka Kuusisto
Violinist, conductor, composer and folk musician Pekka Kuusisto mused on how much creative freedom a musician really has in this three-part series for BBC Radio 3. Pekka explored the complex relationship between improvisation and ‘sticking to the plan’, illustrating his thoughts with a wide range of music from Purcell and Paganini to Mahler and The White Stripes, and even included some of his own improvisations.
In the studio
An audio snapshot of creativity under pressure. Cellist Matthew Barley connects with film composers Eimear Noone and Craig Garfinkle as they race to finish a soundtrack during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic while isolated in the west of Ireland with no studio, no musicians and two young children.
TRANSCRIBE, TRANSFORM WITH VÍKINGUR ÓLAFSSON
Multi-award winning Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson presented a series for BBC Radio 3 which explored the art of musical transcription. From electronic re-workings of Bach and Debussy to rock 'n’ roll Tchaikovsky and transcribed sounds of the natural world, Víkingur covered a huge range of amazingly creative music.
Journeys With My Violin
World-renowned violinist Tasmin Little gave her last concert in December 2020 and said goodbye to her violin. In this series we made for BBC Radio 3, she dips into her diary and looks back over her unparalleled career - the places she took it to and the people who joined her on those many and varied journeys.
BBC Bitesize and BBC Ideas
BBC Ideas and BBC Bitesize commissioned Tandem to create two entertaining and quirky 3D animated films for 16 - 25 year olds, containing tips people can use in their daily lives, backed up by scientific research: How to feel more in control of your time and How to do less but get more done.
Everybody likes music, don't they?
Some people seem completely impervious to music and others are scarred by what it has done to them. Our multi-faceted documentary reveals previously untold stories from people who have a difficult relationship with music, with Gareth Malone and Professor Sophie Scott musing on the many ways the brain reacts to what it hears.
Tandem worked with ABRSM on a six month global campaign called Because of Music. Tandem oversaw the production of content ranging from animations, podcasts and animated graphics, all optimised for use on their digital channels and culminating in hundreds of thousands of views, likes and shares.
Colin Currie hand-picked some of the greatest percussion music of the past 100 years for a ground-breaking three part series for BBC Radio 3. From timpani to timbales, crotales to cow bells, Colin conjured up a spectacular range of beautiful, surprising and unexpected aural delights.
We worked with pianist David Owen Norris and Danish dance music producer Bwoy de Bhajan to create a very different kind of Proms interval feature for BBC Radio 3. We traced the history of the Dresden Amen and then remixed it as a dance track for today.
Extraordinary voices with Nora Fischer
Singer Nora Fischer presented a BBC radio series celebrating the huge variety of sounds the human larynx is capable of producing. Nora put together three fabulously diverse playlists of tracks from around the world and across the centuries, and reflected on them in her own unique way.