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George Caird

Here and there….

By on December 10, 2014 in My News

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

Delia Ruhm (1925 – 2014)

By on November 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

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),

Composition at Codarts Rotterdam

By on November 12, 2014 in Codarts Rotterdam

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

Codarts Project Week (3 – 6 November)

By on November 3, 2014 in Codarts Rotterdam

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.

Eroica in Lichfield

By on October 21, 2014 in Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra

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

Codarts Chamber Music Recital

By on October 7, 2014 in Codarts Rotterdam

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

Codarts Orchestral Concerts

By on October 7, 2014 in Codarts Rotterdam

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

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