2014 – The year it all changed!

On July 2nd this year (at about 9.35 pm), I played the violin for probably the last time professionally. I spent most of 2014 building up to this day and since then have been enjoying my first few months as

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Time to bow down and pick up the baton

I have been threatening it for ages but the time has finally come – I will play my last concert as a violinist on July 2nd this year, after nearly 23 years as a second violinist. So what has prompted

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2013 – Nuns, Vicars and Requiems

As 2013 draws to a close, it is time for my annual review of the year. It has been a really exciting and varied year, with many highlights and memorable performances.  Many of last year’s frustrations linger on, but changes

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Making your mark

Apologies for the long delay between posts but I finally have a little time to write. At the end of my previous post I promised to write about score marking, so here it is! What do I mean by “score

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Fighting the bulge.

If, like me, you are a conductor with a weight problem and have opened this post looking for enlightenment, or support from a kindred spirit, then I’m afraid I have misled you. This post is not about conductors weight problems,

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2012 – a most exciting year.

As I did last year, I thought I would review this year and give you my thoughts and recollections. It has been a very memorable year for me, one with many twists and turns, a frustrating yet satisfying year! First,

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Pianists – it’s all in their hands, or is it?

Sorry it has been such a long time since my last blog post – but here, as promised is my long-awaited post about pianists and the joys and pitfalls of working with them, with an orchestra. When I first started

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A tour I will never forget

I did promise at the end of my last blog post that the next post I would write would be about pianists. I’m afraid that will have to wait as the last ten days have been so exciting and different

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Why Mahler, why??

Over the last few months I have been studying and then rehearsing Mahler’s Symphony No.10 and one particular movement has caused me more sleepless nights than any other – the second movement Scherzo. It is a question that I am

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2011 – A Review

As we enter 2012 I thought I would look back on 2011 and give you some thoughts on what was for me, a rather exciting year. Firstly some statistics for those of you, like me, who enjoy such things!  

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