Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition Live Blog

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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Who is Toby Deller?

Who is Toby Deller?

By | September 29, 2012 at 10:11 am | No comments

You may have noticed that we have a guest blogger on the LSO blog this weekend. We have invited Toby Deller to sit in on all three days of the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition to lift the lid on the sessions that are not open to the public - in previous years the...

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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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