Press Ups and Downs: A performer’s relationship with the critics is complicated but unavoidable.
Occasional Music: Does the quantity of music around today affect the quality of the listening experience?
Force or Personality: Conductors command respect through authority rather than power.
Nurture and Nature: Conductors are made as well as born.
Does Practice make Perfect?
Blowing Your Own Trumpet: Is performing about more than just musicianship?
The Great and the Good: Is it possible to define what separates truly great performances from merely very good ones?
Spoiler Alert: Could operatic surtitles replace the programme plot synopsis to deliver real surprises?
Pause for Thought: For Mozart the pause is a simple device employed to perfection.
Pros and Cons: Is it possible to be both professional and amateur at the same time?
Joining Hands: Applause is an essential part of the concert experience
Heartfelt Memories: Conducting without the score can be liberating if approached in the right way.