Sunday, April 17, 2011

Stuart is off to Melbourne - 23/3/11

I am off for some sunshine and to work with Orchestra Victoria and Opera Australia. Work includes seasons of La Boheme, Pearlfishers and Verdi's Macbeth, as well as chamber music concerts and cello/bass workshops at the VCA. Unfortunately I had to pull out of some work with the Tasmanian Symphony, as there was not enough time to get from Edinburgh on 21/3 to Hobart early on 24/3, not without killing myself.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra - 21/3/11

I did a casual audition on Monday 21/3 - everything about it was wonderful, the SCO people were great including the panel. Nikita and Adrian were very gentle. And I was lucky enough to get through and get on the casual list. Am thrilled.

Mahler 7 - Opera North - 19/3/2011

Jac van Steen conducted:-
Sibelius - Tapiola
Mahler - Symphony no 7

This was a remarkable concert. After playing to 6000 in the Royal Albert Hall, the orchestra of Opera North had to sprint up the M1 for two Mahler rehearals the following day. We were knackered, but recovered to produce a wonderful show - one for the memoirs indeed. Jac is fantastic, great attention to detail as well as see the big picture, and it doesnt get much bigger than Mahler 7