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A quick update - I am on the way to Gütersloh (home of Neue Stimmen) for two days. I will be reporting from there this eveing and tomorrow. Meanwhile I hope to catch up with other things, in particular the... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Brian Dickie
It was a great pleasure to be at the opening of the Tour version of the Turn of the Screw yesterday afternoon. The performance was full of jewels from the striking singing of the prologue (and Quint) by Anthony Gregory,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brian Dickie
Thursday saw a visit to each of the Royal Academies - firstly of Arts at Burlington House where the splendid Dennis Hopper show ends this weekend. And more importantly the Vocal Faculty at the RAM had their opera scenes show,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Dickie
As regular readers know I had the extreme pleasure of serving on the jury of the Carl Nielsen competition in Denmark last month. And today I revisited the special world of the flute when I attended a masterclass with William... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I have had a busy week and have been less than diligent on the blog....... There was a fine opportunity on Wednesday evening to hear a good many of the Royal Academy of Muisc students - the Pavarotti Prize. Sadly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Little is it realised the extent to which the "Assistant conductor" contributes to the success of a production. Major opera companies will have a number of them on the staff, beavering away in the background and so often, it has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Brian Dickie
You can now see Vienna State Opera productions at home for an amazingly reasonable price. And you can give it a try for free. But at just €14 a go for live streaming and only €5 for archived videos -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Brian Dickie
The Academy of Ancient Music has adorned the London music scene, and more widely around the world, for more than 40 years. The recent death of its founder Christopher Hogwood reminded us, if necessary, of the huge influence that the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Brian Dickie
When Nicholas Hytner's production of Xerxes was unveiled at the Coliseum in 1985 it was clear that Handel at last, on his 300th birthday, had taken his rightful place as central to our repertoire - Hytner had found a way... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Brian Dickie
The opera program at the RAM has got off to a very quick start just three weeks into their with a two hour programme of scenes which was somewhat blighted by the illness of their best young people Emily Vine... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I have had a few days of catching up with old friends and colleagues, and a few more to go this week. Last week it was the perennial delight of seeing Tom Graham who is as relaxed and amusing as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Brian Dickie
From the first bar of Otello last night at the Coliseum it was clear that we were in for an evening of great music making under the inspiring guidance of Edward Gardner. The ENO orchestra and chorus have delivered some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Brian Dickie
It is a lovely day today in London but what a struggle to get here yesterday! After my truly wonderful week in Odense, brilliantly organised, delightful people, calm and unhurried, I came down to earth with a bang! First my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Brian Dickie
back in London after a horror travel day - more detail tomorrow! Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Saturday is market day in front of the Concert Hall in Odense - and so it was this morning when I went out for another walk about in this delightful place. But the focus of the day was the finals... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Late night news - the three contestants who qualified this evening for the finals are: Yukie Ota - the now world famous Butterfly girl from Japan by way of Chicago Sébastian Jacot - a Swiss flautist from Geneva Yaeram Park... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Brian Dickie
There was a spectacular concert by the eight flautist members of the jury yesterday evening - pure joyful music making by eight star players totally endowed with enthusiasm and joy, as well as skills of the highest order. Flute playing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Brian Dickie
There has been live streaming of the competition this week. Today we have the semi-finals - this morning from 10:00 European time until 2:00 pm, and this evening from 7:30 to 10:30. This evening is with orchestra, giving you the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Brian Dickie
We are in Denmark's third city and a short walk around the centre at 5:30 pm indicates that this is a quiet town in step with the gentle nature of Denmark and the Danes. I did not stray too far... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Brian Dickie
This evening we have a concert by the jury - less the one non flute playing member! Above you see them this morning rehearsing a piece by Edison Denisov for eight flutes - variations on the Priests' March from The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I did not report last night because our dinner party went on to after midnight - so you can imagine! And we started at 8:30 this morning, Wednesday, and have finished now at 9 pm. The short story is -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Before our long day, not yet completed, I went for a short walk in the area near our hotel. And the most notable feature was Hans Christian Andersen's house - seen in the photo below. We had an exhausting day,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Brian Dickie
So here I am in Odense, Nielsen's birthplace, in the Radisson Blu HCA (HC Andersen's birth place too) - with an enormously distinguished group of flautists on the jury, eight of them, and me.......we have Patrick Gallois, Andras Adorjan, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I am at Heathrow - in plenty of time on another warm London September morning. Now for a week of flute music - including, no doubt on multiple occasions, Carl Nielsen's wonderful flute concerto. I am thrilled to be back... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I am off to Sussex today - and the glorious weather we are having this month will only make the pleasure greater. And my rail destination is Glynde - one of the more bucolic halts on the Southern railway system.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Brian Dickie