Behind the scenes

In touch with Han Feng

From the stunning red backdrop that opens Anthony Minghella’s Madame Butterfly, first staged at London’s ENO (2005) and then at The Met (2006), it is perfectly natural for dazzled audiences from worldwide to imagine the most complicated setting of the [...] more >>

by Cathy Hung | August 21st, 2012
Symphonic Shenanigans

Anything can happen at a concert and in the three decades of my career I have experienced some unexpected and memorable incidents. Flying Batons Charles Dutoit was the principal guest conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra in the 1980’s. He conducted [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | July 31st, 2012
Behind the Scenes with the Clare College Choir

There are audible sighs of relief in the church of All Hallows, Gospel Oak as producer John Rutter announces his satisfaction with our last take, and it’s time for a break and a quick cup of tea. It’s the evening [...] more >>

by William Cole | July 24th, 2012
In touch with Alain Deguernel

The first time I met Alain, it was in a small Parisian café, almost two years ago. Prior to our meeting, I had taken an extensive look at his website forgotten records, and fallen instantly in love with his selection [...] more >>

by Juliette | July 23rd, 2012
A Cambridge Music Student takes on the Cambridge Music Scene

As a music student here, it seems odd that, for a university with such an amazingly diverse and active music scene, performance at Cambridge makes up a very small amount of your final degree. The option to give a recital only appears [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley | July 7th, 2012
Musician Mishaps

Ludwig van Beethoven 7 Variations in E flat major on Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen from Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, WoO 46 Paul Hindemith Sonata op.11 no. 3 Musicians are fallible. Most of the time we attain near perfection in our [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | June 11th, 2012
Audience Antics

Edward Elgar Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 Musicians love audiences. The more of them there are, the merrier. Little do they know that they are as visible to us as we are to them. Audiences think [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | April 24th, 2012
Conductor Chronicles

Helmut Rilling Bach : Mass in B minor Edo de WaartMinnesota Orchestra MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1, “Titan” Audiences regard the maestro with awe. Their god-like stance on the podium and their mesmerizing control over the musicians is the stuff [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | March 13th, 2012