I spend a lot of my time waving my arms at musicians in the hope that I won’t make everything worse, and I follow a similar routine throwing words onto the screen. I blog at least once a week on a variety of subjects and have now written two books: Waving, Not Drowning (a searing exposé of the Art of Conducting) and Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? (the story of my return to birdwatching after a gap of thirty-five years), which will be published on 17th May by Unbound.

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