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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Music: Rosettes, Shields, Trophies and other gongs

(written in 2008) In a world where commercialism and competitiveness are increasingly seeping into the world of performance and arts education, it is perhaps a good time to examine whether competitiveness has any place in music. Can it help the consumer, overburdened with commercialism and bombarded with “ eyeball” input, to come to any conclusion […]

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James Macmillan Oboe Concerto

Sometimes important new pieces emerge after a long ‘courtship’ with a composer, sometimes they come out of the blue. With the James MacMillan Oboe Concerto it has been born out of a long, happy and fruitful working relationship and friendship between both James and myself and between the Britten Sinfonia and this great man. In […]

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