Tour Diaries

October 2nd, 2009

Having just finished our Music for 18 concert in Strasbourg with Ensemble Modern and Steve Reich, Heather and I headed straight up to Cologne to rehearse Shelter (by Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe and David Lang) with musikFabrik. Amy flew in the following afternoon and we had our first singers-only rehearsal with the conductor, Peter Rundel […]

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September 24th, 2009

A quick jaunt to Frankfurt for a run-through of Music for 18 with Ensemble Modern and Steve Reich at EM’s rehearsals studios, then off to Strasbourg by train. It was gorgeously sunny in both cities. I’ve never seen Frankfurt looking so good, and Strasbourg was positively baking […]

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August 9th, 2009

Synergy represented by (from left to right): Amy Haworth, Heather Cairncross, Micaela Haslam “A very busy week for me. This concert fell during the same week as a Ben Park project and BBC Singers’ rehearsals for the Birtwistle Prom the following week. Fortunately, I’d made the decision not to sing in the 2nd half of […]

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We’ve done quite a few workshops with Ben Park now. He and his lovely wife, Fin, are prolific in their creation of new music/dance projects with their company Walker Dance Park Music, and I admire their work hugely. This time, Ben had collaborated with Ian McMillan, “the bard from Barnsley”, to create several scenes in the life of a father and son […]

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April 8th, 2009

Synergy represented by Julia Batchelor, Micaela Haslam “Julia and I had a lovely meal and stayed at Mandy’s place in West London on 7th, before taking a hideously early flight to Amsterdam on the day of the concert. From Schipol airport, we took a direct train to Eindhoven, checked in at the hotel and went […]

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April 2nd, 2009

Synergy represented by from left to right: Peter Wilman, Amanda Morrison, Julia Batchelor, Micaela Haslam, Katy Hill, Andy Busher “Well, here we are again; in Amsterdam to rehearse and perform Music for Eighteen Musicians and Daniel Variations. Armed with my strippenkaart from our last visit I made my way back to the marvellous Mövenpick hotel […]

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April 1st, 2009

Synergy represented by Julia Batchelor, Micaela Haslam “Will and I had treated ourselves to an extra night in Amsterdam, but I’d had to change my flight because of a last minute film session, so Will ended up heading off to Amsterdam on his own. At least I managed to get there that same evening. Sadly […]

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March 25th, 2009

Synergy represented by Micaela Haslam, Heather Cairncross “Heather and I arrived in Berlin just in time to miss the rush at the marvellous Italian restaurant across the road from our hotel. I can’t remember the name of the place (what’s new?) but just head for the Golden Tulip hotel and you can’t miss it. Within […]

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March 15th, 2009

Synergy represented by Amy Haworth, Jenny Bacon, Rachel Weston, Heather Cairncross “We arrived in Salzburg ready for snow and ice, having checked out the 5-day weather forecast which put temperatures around the zero to two degree mark. We’d even had a text on our departure day from our friendly weathergirl Ms Cairncross warning us it’d […]

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March 14th, 2009

Synergy represented by Julia Batchelor, Micaela Haslam, Amanda Morrison, Katy Butler “It was good to be home after New York, but I only had time to deposit my suitcase, pick up another one I’d packed before going to the US, and head straight off to Amsterdam for the final instrumental rehearsal of Music for 18. […]

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