Slava and Sacher

I’ve felt rather intimidated by the prospect of writing something meaningful about the passing of Rostropovich- so many have already said so much, and his career and life are already so celebrated that there is not a need for another summary of his accomplishments. I’m also not entirely comfortable with trying to summarize the impact […]

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Sunday….. Bloody Sunday.

Alarm. Snooze.  And I thought I was done.  Alarm. Rehearsal. Surrey. Damn. Snooze. Alarm. Damn. Rehearsal.Surrey. Grunting. Moaning. Shoulder-sore. Head- hurts. Back- aches.  Shower.Grunting. Moaning. Coffee. Grunting. “Breakfast?” (Say yoghurt, say yoghurt, say yoghurt) A croaking sound “bacon and eggs…”  Who said that? Don’t feel up to eating, much less digesting…  Won’t get lunch today. Won’t get dinner til 10 PM.  Bacon […]

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UPCOMING CONCERT- Surrey Mozart Players, Apr 28 , 2007

UPCOMING CONCERT  April 28, 2007 Surrey Mozart Players Electric Theatre, Guildford Beethoven- Leonore Overture no. 3 Prokofiev- Violin Concerto no. 2 in G minor Alexandra Wood, violin Schumann- Symphony no. 3 in E-flat, “Rhenish”   Alexandra Wood, “a talent to watch” (The Strad), has won major prizes at international violin competitions including Wieniawski, Tibor Varga […]

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Frantic Friday

Friday, WSO I’m determined to save the morning for score study. Between Friday night and Monday night, I’m conducting four different programs with four different orchestras in four different cities (none of which are home), including the epic Elgar 1, Bruckner 4, Schumann 3 and a couple of tricky concerti. I’m also very determined to […]

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There goes Thursday….

Thursday, BBC NOW Strangely tired Thursday morning. “Strangely” tired until I realize I had conducted an Elgar 1 run-through the night before with lots of in-flight coaching and made it back to Cardiff after 1 AM. House issues pre-occupy much of the morning- never replace your kitchen if you want to have any time for […]

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UPCOMING CONCERT- Wrexham Symphony Orchestra

UPCOMING CONCERT  Wrexham Symphony Orchestra   Saturday, April 21st,  20077:30 PM  William Aston Hall, Wrexham Khatchaturian- Violin Concerto  Bethan Morgan-Williams, violin Elgar- Symphony No. 1 13-year-old prodigy Bethan Morgan tackles Khatchaturian’s epic Violin Concerto, a massive work dripping with the evocative sounds of Armenian folk-music- proud and soulful music of a great people. Presented in celebration of […]

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Max Rules

I’m happy, but not surprised, that Peter Maxwell Davies is speaking out again on the state of arts and art funding in Britain in the Telegraph. He has long since reached that place in his professional life many of us are looking for- the place where you are famous enough, respected enough, powerful enough and […]

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The last word on Elgar

Given some of the writing on Elgar lately, I thought I would try to improve the calibre of discourse.  From the man who wrote the book on The Symphony, my dear friend Michael Steinberg, who offers two quotes of his own discovery. First from David Cairns- “a hypersensitive, touchy, moody, at times almost suicidally unhappy […]

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