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Auditions Tips
Dear Oliver, We are pleased to invite you to audition, which will take place at 10.56 am on the 1st April. These are the first words you read on the email – the initial joy of having secured a place
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The Magic of Amateur Musicians
We professionals rarely, if ever read through music for fun. We are too busy preparing music. I avoid sight-reading, if I can. I am a professional musician after all! I take pride in preparation, precision and perfection. I delve beyond
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Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis – A Most Unfamiliar Masterpiece
Mass in D major, Op. 123, “Missa Solemnis” (Philharmonic Symphony, Walter) (1948) ‘Is this the greatest piece ever written?’ Such was the question fired at me by Sir Roger Norrington during our correspondence in preparation for the recent performance of
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2013: Here’s to Lutosławski!
Dance Preludes When you’re asked to think of a twentieth-century composer who uses imaginative textures and sounds, who do you think of? Ravel? Boulez? What about folk melodies – who springs to mind then? Bartok, or maybe Vaughan-Williams? And an
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Wagner, Freud and what it means to be human
I spent much of last year studying Wagner’s great tetralogy of music dramas, The Ring of the Nibelung. If anyone hasn’t done so, I would heartily recommend it – simply to list the number of things I found fascinating about
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At the Cusp of a New Year
With the start of a new year, it is always good to summarise the highlights of the previous one and reflect on ways to make the very most of the one to come. The year 2012 has been busy. We
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My Father’s Cello
Max Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op.47 Israel Philharmonic Orchestra / Daniel Barenboim Jacqueline Du Pre After the Second World War, my parents escaped from their native Hungary to Munich. At that time refugees had to go to Munich in order to
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A Tale of Discovery
It was early 2009 and I was searching for a way to distract my father and myself after the recent death of my mother. My father loved to “talk shop.” Little did I know that I would stumble upon an
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