Audio tributes

About Spoken Portraits (Audio Tributes)

Do you have a colleague, friend or family member you'd like to celebrate?

Are you looking for a unique, unusual and entertaining gift for a retirement, special birthday or anniversary? Would you like to capture people’s memories and stories about someone special?

Audio tributes are broadcast quality radio-style features about a person, as told by their friends, colleagues or family. They come as handsomely designed, limited edition audio CDs for you to present as a gift. They are a great way of making a lasting tribute to someone.

Find out more

  • Watch the short animated video above, which explains what spoken portraits are and how they are produced.
  • Listen to the examples below.
  • Read answers to some Frequently Asked Questions>>.

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Spoken Portrait of a Retiring Chairman (Clip)

These extracts are taken from a 30 minute tribute to former Chair of the London Sinfonietta and founder of the Groucho Club, Tony Mackintosh. We produced it for the Board as a surprise gift to present to Tony at his retirement party. They wanted to mark and celebrate his huge contribution to the orchestra during the thirteen years that he was Chair. We arranged to speak to past and present members of the Board, staff and players who could, between them, narrate the story of those years. We interviewed people at their homes and offices. To break up the final edited feature, we added short excerpts from music performed by the London Sinfonietta. The piece featured here is from Louis Andriessen’s Very Sharp Trumpet Sonata.

The orchestra’s Chief Executive, Andrew Burke commented:

You did an amazing job – and took all the worry and administration away from us.

Spoken Portrait for an Eightieth Birthday (Clip)

These clips are from a spoken portrait that we produced as a surprise eightieth birthday gift for a mother, Margareta Holloway. We were commissioned by her son, and worked closely with him to map out key themes, life events and dates, and identify good people to interview. We decided to carry out telephone interviews as Margareta’s friends and family were dotted across England, Sweden and South Carolina, USA. We added excerpts from traditional folk songs performed by one of the interviewees, Dave Houghton, and his group Flash Company. The songs recall the period when Margareta used to host ceilidhs at her home in the Peak District.

Margareta contacted us afterwards to thank us:

Thank you so much for developing the wonderful CD to celebrate my birthday! It was extremely imaginative of you to get it all together. The contributions from my friends of many years were most moving.