LPO Offstage

London Philharmonic Orchestra

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians#OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Welcome to LPO Offstage with YolanDa Brown
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Come and join us for LPO Offstage LIVE at Henry Wood Hall! YolanDa Brown sits down with the LPO’s recordings consultant Matthew Freeman, violinist Fiona Higham and piccolo player Stewart McIlwham to discover why the LPO LIVE label was created back in 2005, what it feels like to play when you know you’re being recorded, and how you patch up any mistakes. Plus, the musicians share their ‘desert island’ LPO LIVE recordings… Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 9

29 min 11 sec

Facing the fear of fear, admitting you might not always want to go to those after concert drinks, and searching for the best strengthening exercises to avoid injury as a musician and a conductor are just a few of the tips and topics discussed by YolanDa Brown, cellist Elisabeth Wiklander and conductor Karina Canellakis. They discover that being in top shape for your job as a musician is a very personal journey. And how do you find that ‘lake stillness’ before a performance?Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2

35 min 3 sec

YolanDa Brown uncovers some of the mysteries of buying an orchestral instrument with cellist David Lale and horn player Mark Vines. From commissioning a brand new cello, to finding that ‘perfectly cooked risotto’ sound of Mark’s perfect horn, to leaving horns on trains and cellos outside pubs, YolanDa hears about the highs and lows of searching for (and holding onto!) that dream instrument.  Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 25

33 min 9 sec

YolanDa Brown gets the scoop on what it’s like to play Mahler’s ‘Titan’ Symphony from the musicians themselves. Horn player Martin Hobbs shares his favourite moment in the piece, where the horns actually stand up to play, harp player Rachel Masters gets to the bottom of why early audiences found the symphony to be way ahead of its time (and slightly shocking) and explains why Mahler’s writing for the harp is so effective. And flute player Juliette Bausor reveals that the challenge is not to do with the technicalities of the music, but finding overall direction in the piece…  Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra#OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 18

30 min 51 sec

YolanDa Brown chats to Damian Davis (from his van!) about the celebrated LPO truck, complete with a hydraulic lift and kitchenette, and asks how he safely transports hundreds of instruments to concert halls around the world. She also hears bass player Laura Murphy’s point of view - when do you take your ‘second’ instrument, and what do you absolutely not put in your instrument case when you go on tour…?Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 11

30 min 53 sec

YolanDa Brown catches up with Brett Dean to find out what it means to be a Composer in Residence at an orchestra like the LPO, and how you tackle the daunting task of writing for so many instruments. She also talks to bass player Sebastian Pennar, who has been collaborating with Brett to discover all the sonic possibilities of the double bass (including using a rubber ball on a stick…). Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 4

33 min 32 sec

From nervous jazz trumpet solos to a singing orchestra and musical collaborations, today YolanDa Brown talks to trumpeter Anne McAneney and violinist Vesselin Gellev about how they’ve crossed musical boundaries, and discovers what we can learn from expanding our musical experiences. Is all music a kind of improvisation? And how can musicians overcome their fear of exploring new genres? Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 29

29 min 53 sec

When we all went into lockdown, David Burke and Nathan Prince dreamt up a way to bring the LPO into our homes in new, imaginative ways. From innovative lighting to performing amongst the empty seating, the LPO’s filmed performances allowed people to experience live music in fresh, bold and intimate ways. Glances between players became highlights of a performance, and light and shade added a new dimension to the music. Today, YolanDa hears about the LPO’s digital creative journey, and what it’s like to perform without an audience (in near darkness!). Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 21

29 min 27 sec

In the crypt underneath Henry Wood Hall, the LPO librarians work round the clock to prepare scores for the orchestra, a central cog in the LPO’s wheel. Today, YolanDa discovers how this mysterious world works, with the help of LPO librarian Sarah Holmes and percussionist Andy Barclay. Preparing a set of scores for the stage may not be as simple as it sounds… Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 14

34 min 15 sec

YolanDa Brown sits down (yes - in real life!) with cellist Kristina Blaumane and violinist Fiona Higham to get the scoop on what it’s like sharing a music stand with someone, sometimes for many years. There are new friendships, tricky traditions, musical inspirations across the desks, and romantic connections… What makes the perfect (or imperfect) desk partner? Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 7

28 min 57 sec

YolanDa Brown catches up with oboist Alice Mundy and percussionist Henry Baldwin to get their thoughts on one of the wildest pieces of classical music ever written, Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. It’s a huge work which describes the inner turmoil of an artist in love with a woman who doesn’t feel the same way… The immense orchestral score certainly takes the listener on a truly wild ride. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 30

24 min 53 sec

YolanDa Brown talks to cellist Francis Bucknall, cor anglais player Sue Böhling and violinist Kate Oswin to find out about some of the music that changed their lives… Music is powerful. It can move, excite and inspire us, creating moments fixed in time and memories to last a lifetime. Donate now and your support will help ensure that we can create new musical moments and memories. Please donate and share a moment that has been special to you.lpo.org.uk/support Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 17

23 min 57 sec

Beethoven’s nine symphonies are some of the most well-loved and revered pieces in classical music, and they are regularly performed by the LPO. YolanDa Brown dives into this world with violinist Tania Mazzetti, trumpeter Paul Beniston and clarinettist Tom Watmaugh and finds some revealing insights from the players perspective. Including demonstrations from Paul and Tom, you might find yourself listening to these majestic symphonies that little bit differently after listening to this podcast. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 10

31 min 28 sec

YolanDa Brown talks to Chorus Director Neville Creed, singer Caroline Morris and LPO bass clarinettist Paul Richards as she finds out all about the London Philharmonic Choir. Set up in 1947, the choir has always worked closely with the LPO and in this episode YolanDa learns many of the ins and outs of how the choir operates. From rehearsal insights to the audition process to join the choir (and the importance of propping up the bar after a show), there’s plenty in store. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 3

31 min 5 sec

YolanDa Brown talks to Artistic Director Cristina Rocca and President of the LPO and violinist Martin Hoehmann about exactly how a season of concerts is put together. Is it as much a science as an art? How involved are the members of the orchestra? How do venues impact on repertoire choices? And then there’s money… is that a creative constraint and will the marketing team be happy with a concert that might look a little intimidating on paper…?! Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 27

29 min 28 sec

YolanDa Brown connects with New York and Berlin for a trio of Philharmonics: London, New York and Berlin. She is joined by horn player Leelanee Sterrett from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, violist Matthew Hunter from the Berlin Philharmonic and double bass player Sebastien Pennar from the LPO as they compare and contrast orchestral life in the UK, America and Germany. From thoughts about their regular audiences to differences in the audition process this episode is a fascinating glimpse into life at three of the worlds great symphony orchestras. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 20

32 min 32 sec

YolanDa Brown heads off to the movies with piccolo player Stewart McIlwham and violinist Kate Birchall. Stewart and Kate have played on many film soundtracks including some of the most iconic of recent decades including the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They tell YolanDa some of their tales from behind the scenes including the breakneck pace at which Howard Shore wrote the score for LOTR. Plus insights from the world of game music too… Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 13

30 min 41 sec

YolanDa Brown finds out what it’s like for some of the LPO players who have move to the UK to live and work in London. Yang moved to London from China, Nynke from the Netherlands and Hugh from Australia, so how do their diverse cultural backgrounds coalesce in the UK? They discuss issues relating to family and friends in far off countries, different approaches to programming and orchestral auditions, and it wouldn’t be possible to make this episode without talking about Brexit and what that might mean for musicians from outside the UK working in London. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 6

30 min 22 sec

YolanDa Brown gets under the skin of one of the most popular of Rachmaninoff’s orchestral pieces, his Symphonic Dances. Together with timpanist Simon Carrington, violinist Laura Vallejo and trombone player Dave Whitehouse they open up a piece about which Rachmaninoff said “I don’t know how it happened, it must have been my last spark.” Indeed it was the last piece he wrote and it’s a work that many people now think of as one of his greatest orchestral works. Simon, Laura and Dave have played this work many times and they offer some fascinating insights, and we hear plenty of music from the LPO’s recent recording of this piece too. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 29

25 min 16 sec

YolanDa Brown talks to trumpeter Anne McAneney and violist Richard Waters about the LPO’s work in the community. Many people may assume that the LPO is focused solely on rehearsals and performances at the Royal Festival Hall in London, or on tour around the globe. But there is also a great passion amongst the players and staff for getting involved in the community and​ widening access to the orchestra. From work in care homes and homeless shelters to programmes with schools and young musicians the LPO are far more than a performing powerhouse. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 22

30 min

YolanDa Brown explores the world of opera with principal bass Kevin Rundell and violinist Fiona Higham. The LPO have a long association with Glyndebourne so opera is a key part of their annual calendar. But how does being a musician at the opera differ from their usual gigs at Southbank Centre? How does it feel to be playing from a pit rather than centre stage? Is it as glamorous as it appears? Plus a terrifying near death experience… Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 15

28 min 49 sec

YolanDa Brown talks to Mark Vines and Pieter Schoeman about how to get on top of an inevitable (and essential) aspect of being a musician, learning how to deal with nerves. Dry mouth, the shakes, cold sweats, ‘butterflies’ in the stomach, these are all things anyone who performs in public will be able to identify with. But how do musicians learn to manage their nerves so their performances aren’t affected, and can they actually use nervous energy to help rather than hinder them? This episode is full of useful insights from two musicians who have decades of experience between them, so this podcast might just stop your hands trembling and your mouth going dry… Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 8

33 min 58 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. YolanDa Brown talks to James Fountain, Minn Majoe and Gareth Newman about their paths into the music profession. From early experiences at school and in youth orchestras, to incredibly dedicated parents (6 hour round trips for lessons anyone?), this episode is packed full of insights for any budding musician and anyone curious about the path to becoming a professional player. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 1

32 min 21 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. YolanDa Brown talks to Lasma Taimina, Andy Barclay and Mark Templeton to get the inside view on playing music by living composers. From thoughts around programming new music and the technical demands on players to anecdotes about Messiaen and his surf drum, this episode covers all things squeak (an official LPO term). Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 18

31 min 28 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. YolanDa Brown chats to viola player David Quiggle and clarinettist Ben Mellefont about the ins and outs of practice. From tips about practice routines to thoughts around physical wellbeing, this episode is full of insights for any musician, from absolute beginner to concert virtuoso. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 11

25 min 36 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. YolanDa Brown is joined by piccolo player Stewart McIlwham, violinist Fiona Higham and trumpet player Anne McAneney as they take a deep dive into Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony. Between them Stewart, Fiona and Anne have played this piece hundreds of times so they have plenty of thoughts about a symphony that has the nickname ‘Fate’. From Tchaikovsky’s state of mind when he wrote the piece, to technical insights such as the fearsome piccolo solo (Stewart offers some particular tips about how to tackle this), this podcast really gets under the skin of this great symphony. There are brief mentions of suicide in this episode. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra#OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 4

22 min 14 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. YolanDa Brown is joined by flautist Sue Thomas, tuba player Lee Tsamarklis and Tours Manager Grace Ko to find out about travels with the the LPO. Touring may be on hold at the moment, but that doesn’t stop all manner of revealing insights relating to logistical challenges, audience reactions, juggling family life, hotel incidents, shrunken pants and last but not least, the infamous LPO Bus 3. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 28

28 min 30 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. YolanDa Brown is joined by violinist Tom Eisner, horn player John Ryan and bassoonist Simon Estell to get inside one of the 20th centuries best-loved orchestral pieces, Sibelius’s majestic 5th symphony. Tom, John and Simon draw on their collective experience of playing this piece many times with many different conductors and reveal all manner of insights about the score, the rehearsal process and what it feels like to perform. And just how do you conduct the famous ‘hammer blows’ at the end? Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 21

22 min 14 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. YolanDa Brown is joined by harpist Rachel Masters, clarinettist Tom Watmough and horn player Martin Hobbs to discuss the working life realities of a professional musician in a world class orchestra. What exactly is a ‘normal’ day? How does practice work when you have a grumpy teenager in the room next door? Are hobbies helpful to decompress away from music? And just what does the loss of an audience mean for the players? Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 14

27 min 39 sec

Merry Christmas from LPO Offstage! The podcast elves are busy and new episodes will be appearing in early 2021... stay tuned...#OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

45 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. YolanDa Brown is joined by stage manager Laura Kitson, cellist Kristina Blaumane and bassoonist Jonathan Davies to talk about what the LPO does best - perform! Lots in store including warming up rituals, stage set ups, pre-concert superstitions and perhaps most importantly of all, top tips for how to fuel effectively for a gig (bananas good, warm sandwiches bad). Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

29 min 28 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. YolanDa Brown navigates her way through a tangle of technology (loads of stuff didn’t work) and manages to connect to cellist Laura Donoghue, horn player John Ryan and timpanist Simon Carrington to discuss the whys and the wherefores of orchestral layouts. From playing behind perspex screens to the challenges of performing in a socially distanced manner, this episode gives loads of insights into what it’s actually like performing on stage in the middle of a world class orchestra. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

26 min 52 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. YolanDa Brown is joined by oboist Alice Mundy and percussionist Keith Millar to chat about that mysterious figure at the centre of the action - the conductor. Are flamboyant gestures for the musicians or the audience? What is it like playing under a conductor who doesn’t use a score? What exactly is a Jingling Johnny? Are conductors even needed?! Plus inside tips for budding young maestros. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

29 min 54 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. This third episode is all about venues and YolanDa Brown talks to violinist Tania Mazzetti and trombonist Mark Templeton to discover insights about how different acoustics can radically affect performance, as well as the best (and worst) backstage facilities. Plus quite a lot of beer. And sausages. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

25 min 19 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. In this second episode, YolanDa Brown is joined by cor anglais player Sue Böhling, double bassist Hugh Kluger and percussionist Henry Baldwin. They reveal the inner secrets of caring for their instruments (it can indeed involve cling film as well as buckets of water), what happens if you lose an instrument, and how they actually make a (good) sound. Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

29 min 41 sec

A behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians. In this first episode, YolanDa Brown is joined by flautist Juliette Bausor and percussionist Andy Barclay to discuss just what goes on in rehearsals. From brutal conductor takedowns to sharing intimate musical moments… Produced by Tandem Productions for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. #OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

29 min 11 sec

Behind the scenes all access pass to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its musicians#OffstagePodTwitter: @LPOrchestraInstagram: @londonphilharmonicorchestraFacebook: @londonphilharmonicorchestra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

42 sec