Ten Questions with Michael Morton-Evans
2. How did you discover Fine Music 102.5?
I was looking for a decent classical music station and realised I couldn’t go past what was then 2MBS.
3. How did the In Conversation program come about?
I began doing a monthly interview with someone from the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra about six years ago, progressed to a series called Making Music in which I spoke with various musicians, producers, singers, etc. and from that a weekly In Conversation programme grew.
Only once. He turned up, but in the ABC studio in Melbourne!
5. What aspect of In Conversation (e.g. interviewing, research, guest selection etc.) do you enjoy most?
Research is always fun, but I guess it’s the opportunity to sit down with talented and interesting people that is the most enjoyable.
I’ve already had him – Richard Bonynge! One of my earliest, it was fascinating learning all about his life with Joan Sutherland and finding out just who wore the pants in that house!
7. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
That despite having an Italian mother, I hate pasta!
8. What do you do when you’re not presenting at Fine Music?
Currently my wife and I are putting together a new edition of our best-selling biography of the Victorian artist and explorer, Ellis Rowan, for the National Library.
9. Who are your favourite composers and what is your favourite classical music genre?
When I say that my favourite genre is Romantic instrumental, the question about favourite composers really answers itself – Schumann, Schubert, Tchaikowsky, Chopin, you name them.
10. What is one of your favourite quotes?
To err is human, to forgive divine.
Michael & Ian Cooper having fun in the Studio!