Category Archives: Conductors

The Protecting Veil…….neglected masterpiece

For the composer John Tavener, who died aged 69 in 2013, creativity sprang from religious faith. Many of his works held an appeal for audiences that did not necessarily identify with contemporary music or the theological values from which he … Continue reading

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Five star revue for Mirga at the “Proms”

Prom 55: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts the CBSO ★★★★★ “London debuts are seldom such a baptism of fire” – John Allison Perhaps the most newsworthy of all the 2016 Proms, this concert went into the schedule initially tagged “Conductor TBC”. No … Continue reading

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A little bit of Lietuva comes to the Proms

Over the last 18 months or so I have highlighted the developing career of Mirga Grazynte-Tyla, the young Lithuanian conductor who has built quite a reputation for herself in both Europe and the USA. A few months ago she was … Continue reading

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Grand Pianola Music by John Adams

A good number of years ago I was driving home from work listening to BBC Radio3 the classical music station, when I heard a piece of music that grabbed my attention. It was scored for two pianos, a chamber orchestra … Continue reading

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Orchestral conductors, egos and musicians

In the world of classical music it is often said that the orchestral conductor has to manage the egos and personalities of the often ninety plus musicians in front of them. There have of course been those conductors who would … Continue reading

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Massive vote of confidence for Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

  The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce that Herefordshire-based CBSO trustee and philanthropist John Osborn has offered a £250,000 gift to support the position of Music Director over the five years leading up to the orchestra’s … Continue reading

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“Wimmin”…………….

I came across this article and thought it made interesting reading, given that it was written by a woman. You may not agree with everything (or indeed anything) she says but I find it an interesting discourse on the feminist … Continue reading

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