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Day two: introduction

Day two: introduction

By | September 29, 2012 at 9:54 am | No comments

Welcome to day two of the 2012 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition. The 10 successful competitors are all here and have just learned their time slots – some at least can slope off back to their hotels for a bit of a kip. Today we get to see them conduct with soloists...

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Day one result

Day one result

By | September 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm | No comments

Well, I didn’t do badly – 8 of the 10 candidates chosen to go through were on my list. The 10, who for what its worth include both the female competitors who made it to the competitive rounds, are: Alexander Bloch, Alexander Biadjiev, Ben Gernon, Stamatia Karampini, Lio...

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Getting the hang of it

Getting the hang of it

By | September 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm | No comments

Here’s a question: are the conductors appearing later in the day at an advantage? Having spent the best part of a day in the hall with the orchestra, it’s clear that they are playing better as the day goes on. Is that a reflection of the increasing quality of conductors? Or...

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15 minutes of…

15 minutes of…

By | September 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm | No comments

The rules are that each competitor on day one gets 15 minutes each in front of the orchestra to make an impression (that goes up to 30 minutes on day two). But there’s no question of just choosing their favourite moments to rehearse. Having introduced a candidate to the...

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Judging competitions is a piece of cake

Judging competitions is a piece of cake

By | September 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm | 2 comments

Imagine a competition for, I dunno, the best home baker in Britain. You’d have at least one baker as a judge, right? Probably two. If you had a panel of five judges, you’d expect most of them to know their way round a mixing bowl first hand. Well, this competition is...

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Unfinished beginning

Unfinished beginning

By | September 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm | No comments

Not a bad way to kick off a conducting competition: show the competitors what an orchestra can do without a conductor. Ten minutes before the 2012 Donatella Flick competition proper is due to start, the orchestra of the Guildhall School of Music is warming up by playing through...

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