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Time management

Time management

By | September 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm | No comments

We’re into the final session of today’s rehearsals and it’s Stamatia Karampini who gets to round things off. She has a fair amount of work to do in her 50 minutes – her three movements of Prokfiev and the Weber overture (itself getting on for 10 minutes in duration). Is...

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An early front runner

An early front runner

By | September 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm | No comments

‘Follow the money’ is supposed to be the way to get to the bottom of crime thriller. And if you want to figure out the motive for a murder, ‘cherchez la femme’. But could it be, to figure out the next big thing in the conducting world, you need only look for the one with...

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It’s a date

It’s a date

By | September 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm | No comments

Basically what they’ve done, these three conductors, is win a blind date with one of the world’s hottest/smartest models/actors. They have a day to make an impression but know that two others have their eyes on the totty. They’ll be feeling pretty good about themselves...

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Oh I do like to be…

Oh I do like to be…

By | September 30, 2012 at 10:48 am | No comments

Sunday morning at the Barbican and the LSO is set up ready for rehearsals. Lennie Mackenzie, orchestra chair has just introduced the jury to the players, a starry line-up featuring Imogen Cooper, Sir Antonio Pappano (at last, a conductor to judge the conductors!), Nikolaj...

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The finalists

The finalists

By | September 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm | No comments

...Alexandre Bloch, Ben Gernon and Stamatia Karampini. And with that excellent choice (if I may say), we conclude the day's business. See you tomorrow for more reports, this time down Whitecross St at the Barbican in the company of the LSO themselves. [Editor's cheeky...

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Last leg

Last leg

By | September 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm | No comments

Well, I reckon 10’s my limit when it comes to conductors. They certainly don’t leave you wanting more at the Donatella Flick competition but, thanks all the same and delicious though they were, I don’t think I could possibly face another one. And this is going to be a...

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They moved the triangle

They moved the triangle

By | September 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm | No comments

Just thought you ought to know, following the earlier comment, that they moved the triangle. Another point to M. Bloch, I...

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In which I give my first prediction…

In which I give my first prediction…

By | September 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm | No comments

“You know the triangle is always late?” says Alexandre Bloch. For about the 20th time today the poor triangulist has just had to sprint as quietly as possible from behind the vibraphone he’s just been playing, picking up a beater en route, in order to place a single...

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It’s a laugh a minute here

It’s a laugh a minute here

By | September 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm | No comments

More laughter rings round LSO St Lukes in the second half of the morning session. Aziz Sadikowic, a tall Viennese, apologises in that rather overdone way you have to when you interrupt a singer as she’s about to launch her next salvo. The orchestra laugh along – it’s not...

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Day two: the gauntlet is thrown

Day two: the gauntlet is thrown

By | September 29, 2012 at 11:48 am | No comments

The orchestra are taking their mid-morning break, a chance to break off from concentrating hard. A rather bigger group than yesterday, with more brass and percussion in particular, they have nonetheless been on the money from the start. Beginning with Elgar’s violin...

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