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It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.

Topic: Out And About – Conversations on the Street about Questions That Matter: Do We Have More In Common Than Divides Us?


This week we consider ‘Do We Have More In Common Than Divides Us?’ Do you feel, thinking of the human race, that we have more in common than divides us? We want to be safe. We want to be happy. We want the best for our children. We want to feel our potential is fulfilled. We want to be loved. Do you think these things create a sense of national or even global community? When you meet people do you tend to focus on how they differ from you or what you have in common? Do you think that difference is generally thought of as a bad thing or an interesting thing? How do you perceive difference? Do you like it or does it unsettle you? The opening of the United States Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”. We tend to think about this in terms of rights and privileges – that we all deserve the same opportunities and respect – obviously important things – but how it would be if we thought about it more in terms of all men, or all people, being created equal in terms of our humanity? If we defined ourselves by our human-ness rather than by our gender or religion or ethnicity? Would this help us to feel more commonality?

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature.

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Kathryn Tickell


This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Kathryn Tickell, Northumbrian piper, fiddler, composer, recording artist and educator. Kathryn is the recipient of the Queen’s Medal for Music for outstanding contribution to British music, the Musician of the Year in BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards, and very recently the Order of The British Empire (or OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to folk music. Kathryn is widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes. She works collaboratively across many genres, which makes her work contemporary and vibrant. She has released 15 of her own albums and has also recorded and performed with The Chieftains, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Jon Lord, Evelyn Glennie, Liverpool Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Sting – for whom she has played on four albums, and many others. Her amazing career began as a young girl of nine when she picked up a set of Northumbrian smallpipes, inspired by her family and by the music of an older generation of traditional musicians. By the age of 16 she had released her first album and was named the official piper for the Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. At 18 she turned professional and began a busy touring schedule and career which has gone from strength to strength. She has been the subject of TV documentaries, composed music for theatre, presented radio programmes for the BBC and TV programmes on musical composition and toured throughout the world both solo and with The Kathryn Tickell Band and The Side.

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