I few days ago I wrote about Nick and his experience conducting London Phoenix Orchestra. Here’s his excellent take on the occasion.
To what, do you suppose, might Eugene Goossens (1893-1962) have been referring in the following statement? ‘It is the most wonderful of all sensations that any man can conceive. It really oughtn’t to be allowed.‘
A number of ideas may spring to mind, some of them, perhaps, unprintable. But I bet that conducting wasn’t one of them. I now know exactly what he meant.
There isn’t a classical music enthusiast who hasn’t at some stage picked up a skewer, knitting needle or makeshift baton and waved his arms in the belief that he or she is controlling a magnificent sound. But it is rare to have that dream realized. Through the introduction of a friend, I was invited by the conductor, Lev Parikian, to attend and conduct at one of his Monday night rehearsals with the London Phoenix Orchestra.
I was allowed to choose the music, and I’m…
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