As we come to the end of an extraordinarily busy autumn of 2021, it is good to reflect on the many exciting events and developments that have been taking place despite the challenges of the pandemic. Firstly, this was Josette Bushell-Mingo’s first term as Principal and it has been very exciting to work for her
I was very happy to return to The Oxford Sinfonia this year and to conduct a live concert with the orchestra on 16 October in St Mary the Virgin, Oxford. The programme of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 1, Mozart’s Symphony 29 and the remarkable Divertimento in D, K131 was a beautiful mix of two favourite
Well, there’s been plenty of variety in the past three weeks! If you are playing, teaching, managing, planning, supporting others and staying in touch with your family, what can you expect? On 17 November I was in Rotterdam to kick off the week and returned on the 18th to attend the wonderful concert of the
On Sunday 16 November, a large gathering of family and friends came together at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens to celebrate the life of Delia Ruhm who died in September at the age of 89. Delia was a much-admired flautist whose early career included playing for the Boyd Neel Orchestra, Chelsea Opera Group (under Colin Davis),
It was a real pleasure to return to Budapest on 13 – 15 November for the AEC Congress. In uncommonly mild weather, the city was looking beautiful as was the newly refurbished Frans Liszt Academy. We were hosted most generously by Andrea Vigh, Beáta Furka and former President and AEC Council member, András Batta. The
Looking back over the past thirty years of working in three conservatoires (Royal Academy of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and Codarts Rotterdam) I get much pleasure from thinking about the influence that composition and new music has had on these institutions in this time. The exceptional series of composer concerts that Paul Patterson organised for the
This week is the autumn Project Week at Codarts, a time when the normal curriculum in the Bachelor is suspended to allow for other activities to be pursued. There are two Project Weeks each year and the first is generally carried out within each department, whilst the spring Project Week is managed across all departments. In Codarts Classical Music we have designed these autumn weeks to explore issues of professional development and entrepreneurship. In the past four years our themes have been:
2011 Personal development and entrepreneurship
Beginning with an inspirational address from Dame Janet Ritterman, former Director of The Royal College of Music, the week held a series of instrumental and vocal workshops that looked at opportunities for individual specialisation. General workshops on entrepreneurship and orchestral playing were also presented by Neil Wallace (Programme Director, De Doelen), Henk Swinnen (Artistic Manager, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) and other speakers. Each day began with physical warm-up exercises taken by Robert Hlatky and a choir rehearsal with Wiecher Mandemaker which resulted in a sing-through of Fauré’s Requiem.
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.