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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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As I promised in the interview, here is the link to Thomas' YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ThomasMusicRoom/videos

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.

Episode 64 - Fabien Gabel

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This was another chat I thoroughly enjoyed - but then I have always seemed to get along well with brass players?!

Fabien Gabel was great to chat with and I found out how much of an influence Pierre Boulez was on him, we discussed how to get over being nervous when working with and assisting conductors that you admire, and I discover that Fabien, like myself, is a Berlioz fan!

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This interview was recorded on 8th October 2020 via Zoom.

Episode 63 - Kerem Hasan

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Sometimes you chat with someone and very quickly realise that it is going to be a very interesting conversation!

Kerem Hasan is a conductor who is really going places and it is not hard to see why. We discussed our mental attitudes towards conducting, I found out that he was taught in a very unusual way whilst studying in Weimar, and I get to tell a story about a famous conductor conducting a motorbike!

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This interview was recorded on 17th September 2020 via Zoom.

Episode 62 - Matthias Bamert

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Sometimes you get to chat with someone who has so many fascinating stories to tell and tells them so brilliantly!

It was wonderful to chat with Matthias Bamert, a most charming man and also open, honest, and candid.

I found out how two "fairytale meetings" with two of the giants of conducting changed his life forever, we discussed recording Mozart and Korngold, and I find out how filming concerts can sometimes be just like filming a game of football?!

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This interview was recorded on 25th October 2020 via Zoom.

 

 

Episode 61 - Gemma New

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One of the bonuses of making this podcast is meeting new people and finding out how lovely they are in person. Gemma New definitely falls into this category!

We discussed the difficulties we have both encountered when conducting Schools, Family, and Pops concerts, she gave the most creative answer yet to the question "when traveling abroad, what item could you not leave home without", and is it Hamilton, Hamilton, or Hamilton?!

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This interview was recorded on 5th November 2020 via Zoom.

 

Episode 60 - Sir Andrew Davis

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It was a joy to chat with one of the true giants of the British classical scene. Sir Andrew Davis was very warm and extremely chatty, with a real willingness to be open and honest.

I discovered which very surprising work was the first orchestral piece he ever conducted, why Janáček's Glagolitic Mass was a pivotal work for him, and which other conducting knight, when he was introduced to him as an "aspiring conductor", told him that he "must be mad"!

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This interview was recorded on 4th August 2020 via Zoom.

 

Episode 59 - Håkan Hardenberger

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Having met Håkan Hardenberger before, I knew this was going to fun!

Håkan told me the brilliant story about how he came to have lessons with Leif Segerstam, how a 50th birthday present really opened his eyes to another profession, and who told him he should have half of his brain removed!

A lovely chat with one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet.

 

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This interview was recorded on 26th October 2020 via Zoom.

 

Episode 58 - Hugh Wolff

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Sometimes when I chat with a conductor, we just get along straight away and this interview was definitely one of those!

Hugh Wolff is wonderful to chat with, intelligent, warm, and funny. I discovered what he had learned from Rostropovich and how he had benefitted from his "generosity", why he was locked in a room in Paris for eight hours, and we discover that we have very different views on the sound of a "babbling brook"!

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This interview was recorded on 7th November 2020 via Zoom.

 

Episode 57 - Simone Young

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Today is 25th April 2021 and also Anzac Day. It seems therefore appropriate to interview my first Australian conductor, probably the most prominent Australian conductor working today.

Simone Young was a joy to chat with - I discovered what pressures there may have been as a "trailblazer", we discussed conducting off-stage and how scary that can be, and I discover what criterion she uses when choosing her hairdressers!

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

 

Episode 56 - Dima Slobodeniouk

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Dima Slobodeniouk was a fascinating person to chat with. We discussed how to cope with "first dates" with the world's top orchestras, I found out that the first piece he ever conducted at the Helsinki Academy was a rather surprising one, and I also discovered which symphony always "emptied him completely" and that he has decided not to conduct anymore!

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This interview was recorded on 7th September 2020 via Zoom.

 

Episode 55 - Kevin John Edusei

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What a delightful person Kevin John Edusei is and a joy to chat with! In an episode full of "firsts", I discovered how studying to be a sound engineer really helped him as a conductor, I heard everything I wanted to know about the German Kapellmeister system and found out what subject he is very happy to be "nerdy" about.

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This interview was recorded on 26th January 2021 via Zoom.

 

Episode 54 - Manfred Honeck

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Manfred Honeck is such a lovely person to chat with - funny, serious, honest, and fascinating. I got to hear about his days playing in the Vienna Philharmonic and his thoughts on being conducted by Karajan, Bernstein, Kleiber & Harnoncourt, why fruit yoghurt was an early influence on his musical life and his choice of final meal is very apt for this Easter Sunday episode!

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This interview was recorded on 16th September 2020 via Zoom.

 

 

Episode 53 - Sir Antonio Pappano

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I have been wanting to chat with Sir Antonio Pappano since the podcast began and he was simply wonderful to interview! I discovered why passing his Grade 5 Piano exam was so important to him, we discuss his work for BBC TV and what that entails and I found out which work "finishes him" after every performance and he thinks that "Götterdämmerung is nothing in comparison"!

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This interview was recorded on 19th February 2021 via Zoom.

 

 

Episode 52 - Hannu Lintu

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Chatting with Hannu Lintu turns out to be great fun and what a charming man he is. We discussed personal repertoire choices, especially "awkward" works, I found out what it is was like to be taught by the "two popes" of conducting, Jorma Panula & Ilya Musin, and I discover which job would be difficult for him to attempt due to his "temper"!

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This interview was recorded on 18th September 2020 via Zoom.

Episode 51 - Marin Alsop

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It was a real joy to sit and chat with one of the biggest names in the conducting world, Marin Alsop, for an hour. We discussed whether either of us actually liked learning the violin, why she once thought she should go into rock & roll, and I discovered she has a rather surprising choice of alternative career! A really special chat with a lovely person.

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

Episode 50 - Michael Seal

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After quite a few requests from listeners as to when I might interview myself, to celebrate the podcast reaching Episode 50, I asked CBSO Chorus Director, Simon Halsey, to interview me instead.

Simon and I discussed what it means to be "part of the CBSO furniture", I am frank and honest about some of my early conducting trips away from the UK and I tell the complete story about standing in for Andris Nelsons at very short notice and how that led to an extremely memorable concert with Jonas Kaufmann in Baden Baden!

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This interview was recorded on 11th September 2020 via Zoom.

Episode 49 - Osmo Vänskä

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Osmo Vänskä has been at the top of the conducting world for nearly 40 years. I found out why the ensemble of an orchestra is so important for him, why his relationship with BIS has been so successful and fruitful, and we had a particularly funny Finnish moment. A lovely chat with a lovely man!

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This interview was recorded on 4th July 2020 via Zoom.

Episode 48 - Chloé van Soeterstède

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Chatting with Chloé van Soeterstède was a real delight! I found out what it means to be the current Taki Concordia Alsop Fellow and how it all works, what language surprisingly she thinks she is "not good" at, and which composer's music might not be suitable to set a ballet to?!

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This interview was recorded on 22nd December 2020 via Zoom.

BONUS EPISODE 2: The past, the present & the future.

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In this special "bonus" episode, I tell you how the podcast was recorded, why the episodes appear in the order they do, and what you might expect in the future from the podcast. I also discuss how you can help the podcast in the future and how long you can expect to hear new episodes.

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Episode 47 - Trevor Pinnock

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Chatting with Trevor Pinnock was both fascinating and fun and what a lovely person he is. I discovered some of his very interesting views on period performance and orchestral seating, what he learned by watching Leonard Bernstein teach at Tanglewood, and I found out how he got into trouble at school with Sir Mark Elder!

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Episode 46 - Miguel Harth-Bedoya

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Miguel Harth-Bedoya was a total joy to chat with! I discovered that he was given his job at the L.A.Philharmonic in a very surprising way, why it is so important to train the next generation of conductors in the correct way and why I should have been asking "Why?"!

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Episode 45 - Michael Francis

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This was such a lovely chat and an interview I really enjoyed. Michael Francis and I chatted about our shared experiences as ex-professional players and what we have learned from them. I also learned about his incredible journey from the LSO to the podium, we agreed on which is the best of all sports and I found out that he used to have a rather surprising hairstyle!

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Episode 44 - Dalia Stasevska

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Dalia Stasevska is a young Finnish conductor who is a rising star of the conducting world who came to the world's attention in 2020. We, of course, discussed her conducting the Last Night of the Proms, we also discussed why conducting the music of Magnus Lindberg is so hard and I found out what Leif Segerstam wanted her to do on her own in a forest!!

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Episode 43 - Ben Gernon

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I have known Ben Gernon since he was a teenager and have always loved chatting to him about music and conducting. I discovered what lessons with Sir Colin Davis were like, which orchestra saw him through his "nappy years and on to being a toddler", and which famous conductor once gave him invaluable advice whilst he was eating a doner kebab!

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Episode 42 - Ludovic Morlot

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Ludovic Morlot and I had such a lovely time chatting and what a charming gentleman he is. I discover what rather unconventional methods he was taught in his very first conducting lessons, how the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland had an effect on his career, and which two conductors he likens to Federer and Nadal!

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Episode 41 - Nicholas Collon

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Nicholas Collon is a very popular conductor across the UK, Europe, and beyond. He is also very enjoyable to chat with. I found out why he took up the viola, why the Aurora Orchestra first decided to play from memory and he has a very surprising and rather apt choice of final drink! 
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Episode 40 - Karl-Heinz Steffens

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Karl-Heinz Steffens played the clarinet in two of the greatest orchestras in the world before becoming a highly successful conductor. I found out what advice Daniel Barenboim gave him, why playing for Claudio Abbado was so special and I hear possibly my favourite answer so far to the question "what item could could you not leave home without when travelling abroad?"!

Episode 39 - Sian Edwards

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A very honest and candid chat with a lovely person - Sian Edwards and I discussed so many topics from her successful conducting and teaching career. I discovered how Neeme Järvi shaped her early career, why she still has a piece of broken chair in her study and I got to hear an amazing story about Carlos Kleiber that I had never heard before!

Episode 38 - Domingo Hindoyan

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The Venezuelan conductor, Domingo Hindoyan, is rising quickly to the top of the conducting profession. I found out what is was that made him fall in love with Liverpool, what he has had with him ever since he left Venezuela at the age of 19 and how his parent's background helped him become Assistant to Daniel Barenboim. A very pleasant chat to a fellow violinist!

Episode 37 - Rumon Gamba

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I had such a lovely time chatting to the British conductor and fellow cricket fan, Rumon Gamba. He told me where his name comes from, he was very candid about his experiences as a Music Director and I found out what a "screaming party" is!

Episode 36 - Sakari Oramo

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Sakari Oramo has been a friend since he became the Music Director of the CBSO in 1998. We reminisced about his 10 years in Birmingham and found out what "Bluffer's Guide" he wished had been written to prepare him for his time in the UK and I found out who called him "a terrible goose"! Two friends catching up and chatting about the past, the present and the future....

Episode 35 - Roderick Cox

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Young American conductor, Roderick Cox, is definitely making a name for himself in the conducting world. We talk about his charitable foundation and its origins, we get really technical over one passage of The Rite of Spring and I found out how American Football had an influence on his conducting career path!

Episode 34 - Stephen Bell

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Stephen Bell has been a friend for many years and always fun to chat with. I find out what we have to thank the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for, what method he uses to learn over 400 new works in a season and what his 6 year old daughter is better at than him! A really enjoyable chat with a lovely gent.

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