What’s in a name? Depends on whether it’s the right name.

Reformist musicologists with a politically-correct worldview might find themselves raising an eyebrow at this week’s Surrey Mozart Players concert, where, with blatant disregard for all the latest scholarship, the orchestra and I will be playing Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a theme of Josef Haydn.” We will not be playing the now-ubiquitous “Variations on the Saint Anthony Chorale.” […]

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A last minute substitution and a Beethovenian milestone revisited

I had hoped to avoid any unwanted drama surrounding my Lancashire Chamber Orchestra concert on Saturdayday by avoiding any travel that morning. . ‘Twas not to be. A couple of hours before our dress rehearsal, I had a call from Georgina, the orchestra’s chair and manager.  It  turned out that Anne, our usually indefatigable and […]

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Bobby and Hans- Two Days and Two Symphonies with Orchestra of the Swan, part III

Recording Bobby and Hans with Orchestra of the Swan- the final concert…. With 1 hour and 34 minutes before the concert the musicians adjourned for dinner and rest, while I prepared for the pre-concert lecture. We had to set up a way of playing audio excerpts from my iPod through the Civic Hall PA system. […]

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Bobby and Hans- Two Days and Two Symphonies with Orchestra of the Swan, part I

I’ve been enjoying my first couple of relatively quiet days at Vftp International Headquarters in some time. So much has happened in the last several weeks that I’ve been torn between wanting to do a whole bunch of blogging to take stock of all that experience and wanting to do a whole lot of sleeping […]

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On the skis, at the top of a new run, Part II

On tour with Ensemble Epomeo, Day 2 and 3 We set off early for New Brunswick, with over 300 miles to cover. We’d never done such a big trip as a trio before (the previous record was more like 2 or 3 hours), but it was a pleasant drive in good company. Somewhere along the way, […]

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