Rosemary Laryea

Rosemary Laryea

/ Speaker

Speaking on July 9th
Film/Event Remember me Mahalia Jackson

My Story

As a computer graduate Rosemary Laryea worked in the IT industry for more than 12 years in a number of high profile positions: As an Application Developer for Reuters America in New York she also developed, tested and constructed user guides for bespoke financial systems. In the manufacturing sector Rosemary led a team who developed, tested and implemented a UK nationwide quotation system for Satchwell Heating Control Systems.  Her Solutions Consultant years were spent working for software houses Seagate Software and Hyperion Solutions where she was instrumental in securing targeted sales deals, and as a Product Marketing Manager for IBM UK she was responsible for planning marketing strategies/campaigns for software products in UK, IRL and NL.   

Rosemary’s wealth of experience and resourcefulness in the IT industry became the platform for a career change in radio and television presentation and production. From 2008 to 2012 Rosemary produced and presented a primetime mid morning, arts, culture and lifestyle radio show four times a week; sourcing and interviewing four guests per show, on Colourful Radio. Interviews included celebrities such as BAFTA Award winner and Academy Award winner film maker Spike Lee, bestselling novelist Kathryn Stockett whose novel ‘The Help’ was produced and nominated for 4 Academy Awards, Grammy nominee Oleta Adams, Olympian and world champion athlete Jessica Ennis, Britain’s most foremost musical star Michael Ball, former ITV newsreader and Classic FM presenter John Suchet, Radio and TV presenter Gloria Hunniford and TV Presenter Angelica Bell. 

Rosemary was awarded ‘Best Female Presenter’ and ‘Best Interview’ in 2010 for her show ‘Colourful Life with Rosemary Laryea’ as voted by the Colourful Radio listeners. In September 2012 Rosemary became the first female day time presenter on Jazz FM; hosting a primetime mid morning show, Monday to Friday.  Her popular show saw listenership total hours increase to over the 3 million target. Whilst at Jazz FM, amongst the host of celebrities she interviewed were world renowned trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Grammy nominee singer Eric Benet, Femi Kuti son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, UK Vocalist of the Year Carleen Anderson and pioneersof the London acid jazz scene The Brand New Heavies. 

Between 2012 and 2014, Rosemary produced and presented 5 series of 13 episodes of Culture Vultures, an arts and culture TV show which she devised. The primetime daytime TV show on OHTV, Sky 199, profiled creative’s in the world of arts and culture. OHTV broadcasted in Europe, Africa and America and has a reach of 25 million. Culture Vultures was nominated for a Screen Nation Award 2014. 


In summer 2015 Rosemary cover produced and presented ‘Woman to Woman’; the flag ship female centric show on Premier Christian Radio.  


Currently Rosemary is a Senior Producer at London’s Times Radio – home to presenters John Pienaar, Cathy Newman and Michael Portillo.  She is also a Senior Producer at Whistledown Productions, the outlet where she develops and creates radio programmes for BBC Radio 4; many of which have made ‘Pick Of The Week’. 


Rosemary’s other Interests: 

As well as hosting an array of events, Rosemary  is a BBC Expert Voice in Arts and Culture and has written arts and culture features for The Voice newspaper.  She is also on the board of Governors at St Dominics Sixth Form College, Harrow. 



Joining us for the Q&A for Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story will be Rosemary Laryea on Saturday 9th July at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill as part of our WEEKEND GALA.

Doors open at 6:45pm and the screening will start at 7:15pm followed by a Q&A.

The event will end at 9:30pm

You can view the trailer and find out more information on Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story here.

Purchase an in-person festival pass HERE to watch Flashover  and access all films’s alongside the Q&A’s for £39.99

Purchase an online festival pass HERE to watch Flashover and the rest of the films in this year’s festival and Q&As for £19.99


Rosemary  is a BBC Expert Voice in Arts and Culture

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