A week of exciting orchestral events in Rotterdam was complemented for me on Saturday by playing in the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra (DECO) concert in Lichfield Cathedral. Figaro Overture and a delightful performance of the Mozart Flute and Harp concerto by Lisa Nelsen and Eleanor Turner was followed by the magnificent opportunity to play Beethoven
The Open Rehearsal with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Codarts Symphony Orchestra in the Grote Zaal was a great success yesterday, 20 October. With a good sized audience there, the session had a real sense of occasion and the orchestra really responded to Yannick’s amazing direction. He rehearsed the work for over two hours and then
The Rotterdam Philharmonic Codarts Academy held its auditions last week with very encouraging results. From 49 applicants in the first round, 16 were selected for the scheme in the second round auditions. A larger number have also been admitted to the general scheme which will involve group sectionals and attendance at RPhO rehearsals and concerts.
After a heartwarming Jubileum concert, including a performance of the Schubert Octet, to celebrate Nancy Braithwaite’s 25 years of clarinet teaching at Codarts earlier this year, Codarts Classical Music inaugurated its Chamber Concert Series last night. I was delighted to open with the Mozart Oboe Quartet playing with Natasha Morozova (violin), Ron Ephrat (viola) and
Last week Codarts Classical Music opened its year of public concerts with two performances in the Energiehaus in Dordrecht (3 October) and the Jurianssezaal of De Doelen, Rotterdam (5 October) by the Codarts Chamber Music under the direction of Igor Gruppman. The programme featured the 15-year old Hawijch Elders in an eloquent account of the
The Kammermusik workshop in Oxford (22 – 26 September) proved to be a great success with larger numbers than ever before and St Edmund Hall, a most welcoming venue. Originally a wind chamber music course, the addition of strings has added an enormous number of possibilities and seems to have contributed to the ever-rising standards.