“Where I quite like to be”

October 14, 2013 | Categories: Blog

I’ve been trying to work out exactly what it is I find so magnetic about Finland. For a start, it’s cold: My freezer is cold, humming away at -18c to keep my pizzas crispy. In one Helsinki winter I’ve stumbled out of Urkki’s [1] into -26c. That really hardens your ice cubes, I can tell [...]

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Asda scares me

September 24, 2013 | Categories: Blog | Tags:

Everything I write about here is personal – my worries about the future of the art form I love so much is about as heartfelt as it gets – but this post is something different, and I must apologise if it makes some of you uncomfortable. Actually no, scratch that: I make no apology. The [...]

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A Conducting Workshop

September 18, 2013 | Categories: Blog | Tags: , , ,

I just had the very great pleasure of teaching on an international conducting workshop alongside my old friend and teacher Johannes Schlaefli, who’s the Professor of conducting at the Zürich Musikhochschule. The thing I love most about teaching is how much I learn myself during the process. I was chatting about this with a friend [...]

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Save Us from Ourselves!

August 23, 2012 | Categories: Blog | Tags: , , , ,

In a comment relating to a previous blog post, Dré remarked that my thoughts on ways to broaden the appeal of classical music might ‘…create some controversy within the traditional classical audience you address . “How dare you…” would be a common reaction, I would expect from my experience within the classical music scene.’ This [...]

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Stravinsky and the Strange Case of the Chicken and the Wooden Leg

May 11, 2012 | Categories: Blog | Tags: , ,

I just found myself googling ‘ “Stravinsky” “stick a deckchair up your nose” ‘. Let me explain, lest you think this is a sign of further mental degeneration: I recently read a wonderful book on the master conductor Pierre Monteux, who, amongst other notable achievements, conducted the premiere performances of Petrouchka and the Rite of Spring. [...]

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