This summer I had a few gigs, in itself nothing extraordinary. But I've been doing so much orchestral playing, that I forgot how much I dig playing in smaller groups. If there is a great spark between the musicians, it will set up a vibe for the event that everyone will love.Read More
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Another year has come to an end, 2019 has dawned. I always find this a good time to reflect, looking on what went well and what could be iimproved. This past year, there have been many ups and downs, but highlight of the year, was playing the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with the Philharmonic Society Orchestra.Read More
This last month I've had the good fortune to be able to satiate my appetite for the works of Shostakovitch. This past weekend, German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser and the NZSO performed a phenomenal rendition of Shostakovitch Cello Concerto No. 1.Read More
I had the great fortune these last school holidays of assisting in taking a local youth orchestra on a tour to France. The trip surpassed many of my expectations and I found the reaction of both the young musicians and our audiences inspiring.
Music traverses cultural and linguistic barriers. It was fantastic seeing these kids really getting involved and how much they just love music...
Musicians are athletes of a sort. Producing music can be extremely physically demanding, not in the same sense as a marathon runner or a footballer, but it can nonetheless be very demanding on our body. So when i comes to getting fit, the 'Why' is easy; improved physical well being, improved mental well being, better stamina, endurance, focus, alertness, strength. All things that are certainly useful when faced with a grueling rehearsal and performance schedule.
The 'How' is not so straightforward to answer....Read More