Richie Webb.

The Music Teacher

BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 18 episodes (3 series), 2010 - 2013. Stars Richie Webb, Vicki Pepperdine, Dave Lamb, Jim North, Jess Robinson and Felicity Montagu.

The Music Teacher

Musical comedy written by and starring Richie Webb as a music teacher who must endure a succession of pupils

2010 - 2013
BBC Radio 4
18   (3 series)
Richie Webb, Vicki Pepperdine, Dave Lamb, Jim North, Jess Robinson and Felicity Montagu
Richie Webb
Nick Walker
Richie Webb

The Music Teacher is a musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild award winner Richie Webb as music teacher Nigel Penny.

Shut away in a windowless practice room in a regional arts centre, Nigel endures a succession of pupils. The middle-aged bachelor with his homemade Moog; the six-year-old trombonist whose arms aren't quite long enough; and the female student who is forever in a state of tearful crisis and never gets her oboe out are just some of the people who enter Nigel's airless little room.

Nigel also has to contend with Belinda, the panicked director of Letchington Arts Centre, whose continued struggle to maintain it as a going concern impacts increasingly on his world.

Nigel also suffers from crippling stage fright. He hasn't performed in public for years and is not looking to rectify this. Belinda, however, is.

Listeners' are privy to Nigel's thoughts. His conversations and musical performances are littered with asides which flit from commenting on what is happening and wandering off on a tangent, to becoming consumed with the prospect of performing again.

Musically, listeners hear it all: the accordion; singing dogs; death metal guitar... and, as the entire show takes place in Nigel's tiny, windowless room, the claustrophobia is audible.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 29th April 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 9th October 2013 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
Length of episodes
15 minutes
Last repeat
Sunday 19th April 2020 at 10:45pm on Radio 4 Extra