WFMT 98.7 Radio Documentary


Written and produced by Jon Tolansky

A new radio documentary about the life and work of Sir Charles Mackerras will be aired in 2016 and is distributed by the WFMT Radio Network – Chicago.


The documentary looks at Sir Charles’ music making with over 28 musical excerpts and has interviews with numerous musicians who worked with him. has been given exclusive access to the script of the documentary and interview clips by Jon Tolansky and the WFMT Radio Network.

Underwritten by the Buonacorsi Foundation


Tenth Anniversary of Sir Charles death

14 July 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of Sir Charles Mackerras’ death. To honour and celebrate his life and remember his legacy we present three unpublished audio features – an interview conducted in 2010 by Ambrose Hall on the technique of conducting; reflections on Charles’ early life from his sister, Joan; and an interview with Sir Charles created and edited by distinguished producer Jon Tolansky for

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We very much hope you enjoy listening to these and remembering one of the finest conductors of our time.

Sir Charles and Lady Judy in 2007.

Picture taken by (c) Bartholomew Hall in 2007.