A Friday Surprise

Sometimes a nice afternoon off can turn pretty nightmarish when one is informed that no orchestral parts will be available in time for three of the pieces planned for the next orchestra project.

As we would have had to adapt the Mozart arias in question to our smaller orchestra size anyway, I decided that it would be easiest to write out a completely new, slightly re-arranged set of parts from scratch.
Three hours, three arias and nine parts later I’m wondering whether this was absolutely necessary.

So much for an afternoon off.

No, conducting is very often not just about waving one’s arms…


In today’s classical music world, especially in the world of conductors, everything’s very much about music business concerns: contracts, agents, festivals, etc.

This is not the primary aim of what this blog is going to be about; my focus is going to be almost exclusively on the craft and on what that involves—formal analysis, baton and rehearsal techniques, aesthetic considerations and dealing with back pains.

It is also going to be a diary of my experiences in rehearsal and concert. Hope you will enjoy reading it!