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Music Matters - Ed Vaizey, Elgar Film, Eric Whitacre


Tom Service talks to Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries about the impact of this week's Comprehensive Spending Review on music making throughout the UK. Also in a round up of how the budgetary changes will affect music making he meets musicians across the country. A new film looking at the life of Edward Elgar is featured at the Sheffield Documentary Festival at the beginning of November. Its director, John Bridcut discusses how Elgar - The Man Behind the Mask reveals the hidden identity of a composer we think we know so well. And Tom meets one of the most performed composers alive - Eric Whitacre. Known for his top selling albums and a brand of choral music that both challenges choirs, and touches a massive audience, he talks ahead of his performances conducting choirs in London and Cardiff.