Tour Diaries

June 10th, 2011

We were delighted to have another project with Clark Rundell, and we hadn’t worked with Britten Sinfonia for some time, so all good so far!

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Having spent the previous evening Photoshopping Alastair into our “Three Tales” publicity shots, I headed off to Heathrow to meet him and Mandy.

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It was wonderful to have the chance to revisit ‘De Staat’ by Louis Andriessen. It’s a piece that I enjoy more each time I hear or sing it. There is a fair bit of preparation in involved for the singers as the text is in ancient Greek […]

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Just over a week after our triumph in Amsterdam, it was nice to have a bit of personnel continuity for these two concerts. Caroline and I met again – this time for her whistling debut!

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This was to be Caroline Jaya-Ratnam’s first project with Synergy Vocals – as a singer, that is. Caroline was recommended to me as being a very brilliant pianist (which she is) who would be able to sight-read just about anything in auditions […]

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April 10th, 2011

After one “brush-up” rehearsal in London a couple of days before the concert, we headed to Birmingham for London Sinfonietta’s second 2011 performance of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.

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March 30th, 2011

Wonderful, as always, to be back with EIC in Paris and great to work with François-Xavier Roth for the first time. We had sung Tehillim in concert only a few days earlier on the South Bank […]

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March 6th, 2011

We had just one day of rehearsal to put Tehillim together with London Sinfonietta. Thomas Adès knew the piece well, but hadn’t conducted it before. He was really up against it because there was barely enough scheduled rehearsal time. Fortunately for all concerned we also knew the piece well […]

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March 6th, 2011

We had 2 days of Music for 18 rehearsals in London before going to Glasgow. Back to eighteen musicians for this concert, as opposed to the nineteen (including Steve Reich) that we had in October 2009, it was important to make sure that everyone knew exactly what they were doing […]

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February 9th, 2011

Initially a solo voyage to Stockholm, I had three days to coach the ensemble (members of the Stockholm Philharmonic) for Music for 18 Musicians, then a couple of free days before the other singers arrived […]

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