Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition Live Blog

Over and out

Over and out

By | October 1, 2012 at 11:23 am | One comment

The dust kicked up by Stamatia Karampini's stomping Montagues and Capulets, ending yesterday's grand finale concert of the Donatella Flick competition, has finally settled. But it has to be said that it was Alexandre Bloch's performances that really brought the house down. I...

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2012 Donatella Flick LSO conducting champ is…

2012 Donatella Flick LSO conducting champ is…

By | September 30, 2012 at 9:51 pm | One comment

...Alexandre...

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The one where I pat everyone on the back

The one where I pat everyone on the back

By | September 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm | No comments

And that’s it, rehearsals over, it’s showtime. You’ll be able to hear the concert for yourselves on Classic FM at some time in the next few days (I don’t have the exact details when), assuming you haven’t actually made it to the Barbican to hear it live. Over the...

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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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Who are the 2012 Finalists?

Who are the 2012 Finalists?

By | September 30, 2012 at 11:02 am | No comments

Congratulations to this year's Finalists: Alexandre Bloch, Ben Gernon and Stamatia Karampini. Here's a little background information: Alexandre Bloch Driven by communicative enthusiasm and energy, Alexandre Bloch is the founding musical director of Orchestre Antipodes, which...

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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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