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We’re halfway

We’re halfway

By | December 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm | No comments

Another real contrast in styles with conductors numbers three and four in the running order and it came across particularly in the way they approached their respective concertos. First, Jiri Rozen, content to sit back somewhat in the Sibelius, neat in the way he gave his cues,...

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Faced with the new

Faced with the new

By | December 7, 2014 at 11:32 am | No comments

The musicians on stage are all looking around wondering what they are supposed to be doing. No, it’s not because they have lost their places in some complex piece of contemporary music but because it’s break time and we are only an hour in to the session. It seems as if we...

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Day 2: introduction

By | December 7, 2014 at 10:02 am | No comments

Day two of the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2014 and it’s not the bright and crisp day we had yesterday. What’s more, when I arrived through the drizzle at Milton Court one of the staff on duty took me for one of the conductor competitors. Serves me right for...

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The semi-finalists are…

By | December 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm | 2 comments

The ten semi-finalists are: Gabriel Bebeselea (Romania) Jonathan Bloxham (UK) Elim Chan (UK) Mihhail Gerts (Estonia) Rafal Janiak (Poland) Giancarlo Rizzi (Italy) Jiri Rozen (Czech Republic) Azis Sadikovic (Austria) Daniele Squeo (Italy) Johannes...

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now we wait

By | December 6, 2014 at 5:43 pm | No comments

As the slow movement of Bartok’s Divertimento seeps to its silent close, day one of the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition comes to an end. Or at least the competitive part of it does, and 15 minutes earlier than scheduled due to the withdrawal of that one...

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first go

By | December 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm | No comments

Surely, you might say, it’s an advantage to be one of the last conductors to appear in the round, if only because the orchestra will have already played the music several times. And so they will be able to concentrate more on being musical and focus more on the conductor’s...

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different styles

By | December 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm | No comments

Discussing how things were going, as they packed up for their lunch break,  a group of the Guildhall orchestra players were agreeing with each other that their playing was getting better as the morning progressed. That’s certainly true and of course not altogether surprising....

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time to talk

time to talk

By | December 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm | No comments

“I don’t want to talk, I want to communicate with this,” says Mihhail Gerts at one point during his 15 minutes with the Guildhall orchestra, waving his baton. Words that orchestral musicians are always glad to hear (and a reason why conducting students tend to have it...

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The hazards of conducting

The hazards of conducting

By | December 6, 2014 at 11:25 am | No comments

‘Just play what you see,’ said Lennox Mackenzie to the orchestra before the competition proper began. They did just that at the opening of Mozart 39, one of those slow introductions that a conductor has to decide whether to conduct using four slow beats to a bar or eight...

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welcome!

welcome!

By | December 6, 2014 at 10:07 am | No comments

It’s a cold, bright December morning here in London and we’re in the music hall at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama preparing for the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. There’s an orchestra warming up and groups of people standing around, also warming...

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