Moscow 3

Today after a major change in the weather and therefore the reeds, its absolutely pouring with rain, we heard 2/3rds of the 15 competitors. 15 doesn’t sound like very many I suppose, but the programme is really exacting and has to be played all from memory, apart from the new composition, a winning piece from […]

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Moscow 2

Whirlwind evening, I’m completely exhausted. We got to the hall about on time, I threw on some clothes, got presented on stage to the audience of competitors and their support teams, found a reed that would play at 442, heard Alex Klein play a moving and stately Poulenc Sonate and played Britten and Lutoslowski to […]

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Moscow Oboe Competition 1

I thought it might be interesting to blog here about the Competition I’m judging here in Moscow, under the auspices of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. Its taken a lot of hard work on the Visa front to get here including demands for 3 months of bank statements and a scary health test, both waived after direct […]

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Schedule Madness

Ok ok, I admit it. I thought I could do it at a push, but I know now it was too much. What? My schedule over the last 4 days. Overnight flight wednesday, 5 and a half hour drive home thursday, 9 hours of sessions friday, rehearsals and an amazing concert with my son and […]

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Audiences

Its a funny thing about audiences. You can probably put the same public in the same hall two nights running, play them the same pieces by the same performers and it will be in some way a different atmosphere, and for some a very different experience altogether. The differences for some audience will be small […]

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