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Episode 112 - Jamie Phillips

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I have probably known Jamie Phillips for more of his life than any other conductor I have interviewed! I knew, therefore, that he would be perfect to chat with and interview.

We discussed when and why you should stop entering conducting competitions, I discover what the "golden rule" was when he attended CBSO rehearsals as a child, and I find out what sporting event he has been training for!

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This interview was recorded on 5th July 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 111 - Eduardo Strausser

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I had been told that I would enjoy chatting with Eduardo Strausser and that proved to be correct - he was both fascinating and fun in equal measure!

Eduardo explained to me how Brazilian musical life changed after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he explained how he feels that score learning has to be like archeology, and we both discuss being caught in a tropical rainstorm!

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This interview was recorded on 2nd June 2022 via Zoom.

SPECIAL EPISODE - Bramwell Tovey (1953 - 2022)

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On July 12th, 2022, the music world lost the much-loved conductor, pianist, and composer Bramwell Tovey.

I had the great pleasure to chat with him back on 15th May 2020, when the world was in lockdown and in the full grip of the Covid pandemic. Much to my regret, it was the only time we chatted and I loved every second of our time together. 

There have been countless heartfelt tributes to him since the sad news was announced that his cancer had returned and that he had lost his battle with it. I have decided that the best way to pay tribute to him is to re-release our chat and add on the six-minute chat we had after we had finished recording the episode.

I found him to be a lovely man - ready to tell his story, not afraid to voice his opinions, and, as so many have also said, a great raconteur. Our chat has been one of my personal favourite episodes ever since I released it and honestly, I have probably listened to it again at least five times since!

Farewell Bram - I know that wherever you are, you will be making friends, making music, and making everyone laugh.

Episode 110 - Marta Gardolińska

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Marta Gardolińska is the first Polish conductor interviewed for the podcast and was a joy to chat with - very open and honest about her life and career and had a warm and chatty nature.

I discovered what was the "best school" she encountered on her way through her studies, we get rather geeky about espresso coffee, and I discovered which work, composed in her homeland, gets her rather emotional when she has to conduct it!

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This interview was recorded on 7th June 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 109 - Pietari Inkinen

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Pietari Inkinen is the epitome of a busy conductor and it was fascinating chatting with him about his life, career, and much more. You couldn't wish to meet a more charming person!

We discussed Wagner & Bayreuth, the Finnish attitude to young conductors, and the massive benefits of some local knowledge when you are guest conducting and want to eat well!

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This interview was recorded on 26th May 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 108 - Roy Goodman

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As a recently retired conductor, Roy Goodman and I had a lot of things to talk about and I think we covered most of them! We seemed to hit it off immediately and I loved his warmth and honesty.

We talk about the beginnings of the HIP movement and how he got involved, one year in particular crops up on a regular basis, and we chatted about one rather famous recording he participated in having just finished a rugby match!

The attached photo on Podbean is taken on Striding Edge, Helvellyn, which, as you will discover, is very apt indeed!

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This interview was recorded on 16th May 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 107 - Enrique Arturo Diemecke

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Having met him once before, I knew Enrique Arturo Diemcke would be a very interesting person to interview and I was proved correct!

We discussed the differences between Anglo-Saxon and Latin people and orchestras, I discovered what the most important factor is when he considers which drink to choose in Question 10, and I hear which LP he and his siblings bought when they were young and why it wasn't the sort of quartet they were expecting!

The biography I mention in the outro can be found here - 'A Biography with music by Mahler' written by Jose Angel Leyva -https://www.amazon.co.uk/Enrique-Arturo-Diemecke-Biograf%C3%ADa-Spanish-ebook/dp/B08RRVW4ZY

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This interview was recorded on 1st March 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 106 - Jonathan Bloxham

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Jonathan Bloxham and I have known each other for 6 years now and I knew he would be perfect to interview - we get along very well and I knew he would be open, honest, and interesting as he has a real passion for what he does.

As an example of that, he was very open about his experiences as Assistant Conductor with the CBSO, I discovered how a nightmare set of circumstances meant that his debut at Glyndebourne was very memorable indeed, and we discuss accents, not musical accents either!

The festival that Jonathan is the founder of, Northern Chords, can be found here - https://northernchords.com/

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This interview was recorded on 20th April 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 105 - François-Xavier Roth

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I have been so lucky to have met such lovely people during the course of making this podcast and François-Xavier Roth was no exception - we had a lovely warm and open chat!

I discovered how Janos Furst's pragmatic approach to teaching conducting taught him so much, he explained his vision & ethos for his orchestra, Les Siecles, and I found out that he is a podcast fan but not necessarily this one?!

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This interview was recorded on 21st February 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 104 - Lina Gonzalez-Granados

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Lina Gonzalez-Granados had been on my radar to interview for a long time and when we finally chatted, we seemed to hit it off immediately - such a lovely person to chat with and very honest about her experiences so far.

I discovered where she was "a guinea pig', who is the "most badass woman" she has ever met, and she was the first conductor for a very long time to mention a specific restaurant in her answer to question 10!

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This interview was recorded on 1st February 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 103 - James Gaffigan

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James Gaffigan was another conductor who I had not met previously yet we seemed to get on with each other immediately. An episode with a lot of laughter and a lot of food for thought!

I discovered who was the first person to make him cry as an adult, we debated how orchestras used to sound compared to today and why things have changed, and we laugh a lot about our experiences accompanying certain types of soloists!

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This interview was recorded on 2nd March 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 102 - Ben Palmer

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Ben Palmer has quite a multi-faceted career and that makes him fascinating to chat with. He is also a fan of this podcast so that made it doubly joyful!

I found out how he first got to meet Sir Roger Norrington, I discover that conducting music live to film and the world of historically informed performance has more in common than you might at first think, and we agree that Sibelius' Symphony No.7 is extremely difficult to conduct!

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This interview was recorded on 11th January 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 101 - Kwamé Ryan

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Kwamé Ryan was a joy to chat with - easy, open, and honest, exactly how I like an interview to go!

I discovered that Bartok's Duke Bluebeard's Castle seemed to appear at major moments of his career, that conducting one work in a birthday concert changed his life, and I heard about his very interesting system for marking dynamics in his scores and how technology sometimes plays a role in score learning!

Here is the link to Kwamé Ryan's podcast, '8 Minute Idea' -https://kwameryan.com/8-minute-idea/

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This interview was recorded on 11th February 2022 via Zoom.

BONUS EPISODE 3: After 100 episodes, what next?

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After reaching a century of episodes, what is next? In this short bonus episode, I let you know what the future holds for the podcast.

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This interview was recorded on 21st February 2022.

Episode 100 - Sir Roger Norrington

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In this special feature-length episode to celebrate reaching the century of episodes, I was lucky enough to chat with one of the biggest names in conducting over the last few decades, Sir Roger Norrington. He was charming, open, honest, fascinating and a joy to spend 90 minutes in the company of.

I discovered how being sent to Africa made him decide that he wanted to try to become a professional musician, he was very honest about his system for learning a score, especially his feelings and thoughts on harmony, and it wouldn't have been a discussion with Sir Roger without us becoming very detailed about metronome markings, especially Beethoven's!

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This interview was recorded on 17th January 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 99 - Han-Na Chang

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Having met Han-Na Chang in October 2021, I knew she would be perfect for the podcast and I was proved correct - what a bubbly character and a really open and honest person!

I discovered how a potential "typo" helped change her life forever, we talked about how to fix ensemble problems "in the moment" and what surprising "move" often works best, and we get very geeky about Carlos Kleiber!

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This interview was recorded on 31st January 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 98 - Asher Fisch

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Asher Fisch was a joy to chat with - open, honest, and full of opinion. The sound of this podcast is a little different from the norm as we had to use his phone to record him but you hear every word, as clear as a bell and they are well worth hearing!

I hear his views on how a conductor's attitude needs to change from country to country, we chat about a mutual friend with who we have shared a stage countless times, and I discover what two "bugs" he has tested positive for!

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This interview was recorded on 10th January 2022 via Zoom.

Episode 97 - Alexander Shelley

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Alexander Shelley was a fascinating person to chat with as he really has thought long and hard about a conductor's role both on and off the podium.

I discover who told him that it only takes 6 months to learn stick technique if you are taught by the right person, we discuss learning to conduct in silence versus with two pianos, and I rather surprisingly try to change his mind about the sound he hates!

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This interview was recorded on 23rd November 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 96 - Roberto González-Monjas

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As violinists who went on to become conductors, Roberto González-Monjas and myself had an awful lot in common and, it seems, we also enjoyed discussing food as well!

We also discussed how scheduling can affect your health and lifestyle, I heard about the wonderful education project he co-founded in Columbia, and he told me what surprising full score he chose to spend 100 Euros on as a child!

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This interview was recorded on 22nd December 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 95 - Andrew Gourlay

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I loved chatting with Andrew Gourlay, possibly due to discovering so many things we have in common and how many shared experiences we have?

I discovered we had a shared history in our musical youth, we had both been a rehearsal conductor for one particularly busy maestro, and that we both find conducting one particular piece of Britten's music very difficult!

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This interview was recorded on 5th November 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 94 - Alice Farnham

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Alice Farnham and I seemed to have quite a few things in common and I really enjoyed chatting with her - we had a very warm and open conversation together.

She had so many fond memories of studying with the great Ilya Musin, we had a fascinating discussion about teaching young women conducting, and I discovered what her multi-instrumental "party trick" used to be!

This is the link I mentioned on the podcast episode of Musin conducting Strauss' Don Juan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-NDx2cOYMc

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This interview was recorded on 20th December 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 93 - Chad Goodman

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Chad Goodman and I had already chatted before we did this interview and I knew he would be a perfect addition to the podcast! Open, funny, and extremely interesting.

We discuss the differences between a Cover Conductor, Assistant Conductor, Resident Conductor, and Conducting Fellow, we chat about the future for young conductors and their career paths, and we get extremely nerdy about our shared passion for all things horological!

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This interview was recorded on 21st December 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 92 - Sir George Benjamin

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It was a real pleasure to chat with a composer and conductor I have admired for so long - Sir George Benjamin was so open and honest and I found him to be such a warm person to chat with.

We discussed how a composer/conductor must learn to distance themselves from their own music in performance, he had so many fond memories and stories about his dear friend, the late, great, Oliver Knussen, and I hear about an awful "birthday present" he once received!

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This interview was recorded on 18th October 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 91 - Harry Christophers

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Sometimes you meet someone who seems to be a kindred spirit and Harry Christophers and I just got on instantly - maybe a love of football and a good pint of English bitter helped?

We discussed the art of programming and how much we enjoyed it, I found out which famous conductor was his first inspiration after seeing him conduct on TV, and I discover what rather surprising profession he would like to do!

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This interview was recorded on 1st November 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 90 - Eímear Noone

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Eímear Noone is someone who seems to love chatting about music and conducting and I loved chatting with her about all manner of subjects and was especially fascinated to find out many things I didn't know about Film, TV & Video Game sessions from her.

I discovered how a visit to her school from the Army Band changed her life, what surprising comments she sometimes receives from fans of video game music, and what item "saved her life" when she toured while in the third trimester of pregnancy!

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This interview was recorded on 6th September 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 89 - John Adams

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What a pleasure and a joy it was to chat with one of my favourite composers! John Adams was so nice to chat with and such a lovely warm and open person.

I discovered that his first job was a rather surprising one, what extremely unusual item he always takes with him when he travels abroad, and how a Hamburg taxi driver brought him crashing down to earth!

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This interview was recorded on 9th October 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 88 - David Afkham

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David Afkham is obviously a serious thinker about his conducting and music-making and that made for a fascinating chat!

I found out what the difference is between a Principal Conductor and a Chief Conductor / Artistic Advisor, we discussed the important topic of whether to use a stool in rehearsals, and he tells me his memories of working with and assisting the late, great, Bernard Haitink.

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This interview was recorded on 16th August 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 87 - Enrique Mazzola

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Enrique Mazzola is a conductor who is now at the top of the operatic conducting world yet a humble and honest person to chat with - a lovely chat with a genuinely nice guy.

I discover how singing as a boy at La Scala changed his life, why we can thank the composer Hans Werner Henze for him having the skills to run a major opera house, and, since reading one particular newspaper review, what has now become his "trademark"?!

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This interview was recorded on 6th August 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 86 - Paul Murphy

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I have known Paul Murphy for quite a while, always loved chatting with him and this was no different - such a charming man and fascinating to chat with him about conducting ballet!

I discover how playing in youth orchestras during the Northern Ireland "troubles" brought young people together, we discussed whether conductors should conduct youth orchestras and amateurs, and we both agree that we find one particular conductors technique "baffling"!

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This interview was recorded on 25th August 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 85 - Jessica Cottis

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Jessica Cottis is definitely a conductor who has thought long and hard about what conducting is and what conductors do - it was really enjoyable chatting with her!

We discussed the pros and cons of demonstrating when you teach conducting, she gives a unique answer to how she would like to spend her 24 hours free, and I discover what hobby she shares with my own father!

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This interview was recorded on 18th August 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 84 - David Greilsammer

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David Greilsammer was so much fun to chat with! A really passionate musician who also loves to think out of the box.

I found out how and when music was taken away from him and the positive impact that followed, we discussed how important it is to trust the orchestra, and how to set up an orchestra from scratch when you want your musicians to play, improvise and dance!

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This interview was recorded on 27th August 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 83 - Alexander Joel

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One of the joys of this podcast has been how honest the conductors have been and Alexander Joel is no different at all! Despite a poor connection between Nancy & Birmingham, he was fun to chat with and always ready to give an opinion.

We discuss the differences between opera and symphonic conductors, how to get an orchestra to stop playing on "auto-pilot", and I discover what huge item he once took with him on a tour of Europe!

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This interview was recorded on 30th June 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 82 - Stephanie Childress

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Stephanie Childress has already made great strides in her career in such a short period of time. She was a joy to chat with and I enjoyed hearing her views and thoughts on a whole range of topics.

We discussed sexism, not only in the world of conducting but across society as a whole, we also discussed the pitfalls of watching yourself conduct on video, and we found out that we had a very similar experience with Brahms' Symphony No.2!

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This interview was recorded on 3rd June 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 81 - Lionel Bringuier

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Lionel Bringuier was such a nice guy to chat with - full of life and a really positive outlook on life and music-making!

We had a discussion about which is harder to conduct, The Rite of Spring or Petrouchka, we discussed if conductors can be likened to tennis players, and I discovered why he was not allowed to celebrate with everyone else when he was at a dinner to announce his appointment at the Los Angeles Philharmonic!

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This interview was recorded on 14th April 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 80 - George Jackson

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George Jackson is a wonderful person to talk to - not only about conducting but all manner of topics. I really enjoyed chatting with him and hope to again very soon.

I discovered how going to a party as a teenager helped him find orchestras, how he found a conducting mentor in the most entrepreneurial way, and we discussed one particularly momentous jump-in which started in a London pub and included a potential April Fools joke!

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This interview was recorded on 11th April 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 79 - Thomas Dausgaard

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Thomas Dausgaard is obviously a deep thinker and takes his music-making very seriously which, of course, led this to be a fascinating chat!

I discovered that his earliest musical experiences were not in the classical music world, we discussed how the long, slow romance approach to becoming a Music Director is one he prefers, and I hear how he got Norman Del Mar into trouble when he auditioned at the Royal College of Music!

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This interview was recorded on 18th May 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 78 - Anthony Hermus

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Anthony Hermus has such a bubbly character and I really enjoyed chatting with him! It is no surprise to me that he is widely in demand as a conductor.

I discovered that he went to university to study a subject that, at first, seems to have no common link to conducting, I heard how Jac van Steen (Episode 4) changed the direction of his career, and I jealously discover that he has conducted an opera which I am desperate to conduct!

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This interview was recorded on 30th April 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 77 - Robert Spano

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I am going to go out on a limb and say that this is possibly my favourite interview so far!

Robert (or is that Bob?!) Spano was everything one could hope for - wise, open, honest, and very funny. We found out that we shared a bad habit when we were students, we discussed how an assistant conductor "should" observe a rehearsal, we get very geeky looking at the scores on my shelves and he tells a funny story about score marking involving Oliver Knussen, Reinbert de Leeuw and himself, as well as many other funny stories!

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This interview was recorded on 14th June 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 76 - Jordan de Souza

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Yet another conductor who spoke passionately, honestly, and openly about what we do and how we do it!

Jordan de Souza and I discussed so many topics - what seemingly mundane things can "piss people off" in an orchestra, what advice to listen to and ignore, how to say No to a debut with an orchestra for the right reasons, and after hearing his answer, what item will I now not be leaving home without when I travel?!

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This interview was recorded on 2nd May 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 75 - Omer Meir Wellber

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After interviewing Juanjo Mena last week, it made sense to me to follow him with his successor at the BBC Philharmonic?

Omer Meir Wellber was fascinating to chat with - direct, open, honest, and never shy to let me know his thoughts. I discovered what very unusual instrument he started with as a child, we discussed whether it is possible to conduct music you hate, and he also had a very interesting theory about contemporary music and its relationship to sex!

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This interview was recorded on 5th May 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 74 - Juanjo Mena

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Juanjo Mena was such a charming person to chat with - softly spoken, open, warm, and honest.

I discovered what it is like studying with someone as intense as Sergiu Celibidache, what difficult task he sets any conductor who assists him, and he gives the most shocking answer to one of the ten questions ever - I was almost speechless when I heard it!

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This interview was recorded on 23rd February 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 73 - Sir James MacMillan

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I am always humbled when I get the chance to chat with someone so influential in the world of classical music and find that they are so warm, honest, and fascinating.

Sir James MacMillan was a real joy to chat with - I discovered what music he likes to "champion" when he conducts abroad, we chat about the pitfalls of social media, and we discuss why it is problematic when a composer won't "let go" in the rehearsal process!

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This interview was recorded on 15th March 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 72 - Valentina Peleggi

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This was another chat I really enjoyed having with a lot of laughter between the two of us!

Valentina Peleggi is a conductor who is really making strides in the conducting world. We discovered that we had both been to a little-known music festival in the mountains of Brazil, she was the first person to give the same answer to questions 1 & 2, and she was extremely forthright about what toppings should go on pizza!

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This interview was recorded on 11th February 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 71 - Ben Glassberg

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It is always a pleasure when you meet someone for the first time and you instantly have a rapport - this was one of those occasions!

Ben Glassberg and I chatted about diversity in the world of conducting, how important your relationship with the Leader or Concertmaster is, and how conducting must be "in the moment" and not a "dance routine" - and despite Ben worrying that "you will think that he is alcoholic", he did mention alcohol in five of his answers to the ten questions at the end!

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This interview was recorded on 31st October 2020 via Zoom.

Episode 70 - Christian Baldini

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I love Argentina and have visited many times and it was a pleasure to chat with my first Argentinian conductor on the podcast!

Christian Baldini and I discussed cover conducting and what that entails, I discovered which composer's full score was so large that the music stand had to be rebuilt, and, of course, the subject of England vs Argentina and football didn't take too long to come up!

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This interview was recorded on 13th January 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 69 - Paul Daniel

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Paul Daniel had been on my list of conductors I was desperate to chat with for a long time and what a joy it was to get to speak with him!

Despite some connection issues between the UK and France (and I do mean the internet!) I discovered how being a chorister at Coventry Cathedral really inspired him to conduct, I heard his very candid and honest reflections on the differences between Opera North and English National Opera, and I heard his wonderful impersonation of one of the conducting greats! 

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This interview was recorded on 3rd February 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 68 - Jaime Martín

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Jaime Martín is definitely a conductor who is going places! Along with his titled positions in Sweden, Spain, Eire, and the US, since we recorded this interview, he has been appointed the next Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra starting in 2022.

I discovered why he stayed as a student in The Hague for as long as possible, which conductor seemingly never gave any upbeats, and he is the first person to "politely decline" to answer one of the ten questions at the end!

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This interview was recorded on 29th January 2021 via Zoom.

Episode 67 - Joshua Weilerstein

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This was a chat I really enjoyed with a fellow conductor and podcaster! Joshua Weilerstein is a joy to interview and we had a lot to chat about.

We discussed his amazing lockdown project, how he started his podcast, 'Sticky Notes', and what he didn't even bother to pack in his suitcase when he entered the Malko Conducting Competition in 2009!

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This interview was recorded on 13th July 2020 via Zoom.

Episode 66 - Carlo Rizzi

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I am lucky that so many of the conductors have been a joy to chat with and this week's episode is no different! Carlo Rizzi was very interesting and such a warm and genial person.

I discovered that Carlo studies his opera scores differently from symphonic scores, he tells me exactly what it takes to be a successful Music Director of an opera house, and I discover what he might start doing when he reaches his seventies?!

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This interview was recorded on 12th October 2020 via Zoom.

Episode 65 - Robert Trevino

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American conductor, Robert Trevino, is definitely making his mark on the world of conducting and classical music, having jobs in both Spain and Sweden, and since we recorded this chat, he's added another position in Italy.

Despite some poor internet connections at times, we discussed how a conductor should treat and interact with orchestral musicians, I found out who "beat the incompetence" out of him, and we had a very amusing moment sparked by the difference between US English and UK English!

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This interview was recorded on 10th August 2020 via Zoom.

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