To be honest, I’d forgotten I could do this on my own website! Lots has happened sine the last post; I’ve now been appointed as the Musical Director of Milton Keynes Chorale – the main choir in that fine city. If ever you’re in the area and we have a concert, you should come.
This weekend it’s off to Bolton for the 50th Anniversary weekend celebrations of Sing for Pleasure. The charity has done a lot for me over the last few years; I’ve made loads of new friends and am in the final stages of becoming one of their conducting tutors. I’m giving back too in that I’m now the ‘Financial Controller’ which is a rather grand title for the personal who types financial transactions into spreadsheets.
It’ll be a great weekend, and a great boost to the organisation. If you’ve ever fancied trying choral conducting, come along to one of our courses. I won’t be able to negotiate a discount but I can guarantee you’ll have immense fun!
I’m really pleased that my first few months as Musical Director of Oxford Pro Musica have gone so well. Following someone like Michael Smedley – who conducted the choir for 36 years – was never going to be any easy task, but I’m pleased that having been a member of the choir before taking over really helped. Our first two concerts, “Byrd and Parry” and “Miserere” have been fantastic occasions, and it was really heartening to perform to a full house in Exeter College Chapel for the second one.
THe next concert is quite exciting for me; I love orchestral conducting but as always, it’s very difficult to get much ‘live’ experience, especially when you are still making your name as a conductor. It’s great to be able to work with such a high-quality established (yet amateur) orchestra such as Oxford Sinfonia. I hope that it will be the beginning of a fruitful relationship with them, both for me and the choir.