Welcome to my website. Perhaps you’ve arrived here because you’ve been to one of my concerts. Maybe you’re a musician yourself and we’ve worked together or have plans to do so. However you got here, I hope that the website will tell you a little more about me, and encourage you to come along to a concert.
I begin the new concert season inspired by my most recent pilgrimage to Bayreuth, and also by my first experience of attending a Vienna Philharmonic concert. When I began working as a professional musician I very rarely went to concerts where I wasn’t performing, but I’m now increasingly fascinated by experiencing concerts from all angles. Lines between audience and performers, so strictly enforced in ages past, are becoming more permeable. While there’s still an important role for the quasi-religious, ritual experience of the formal concert, I welcome the opportunity to engage with audiences and to learn from them.
The 2015-16 season has so much that I’m excited about. Preparing the choir for the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Carmina Burana in Nottingham will be a treat, but I’m also looking forward immensely to the Mass in B Minor, Spem in Alium, excerpts from Lohengrin, Tintagel, music by Ives and Schoenberg, and, of course, my three performances of the Alpine Symphony.
Karen continues her fascinating projects as Research Associate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Our daughter Elsa is six, thriving at school, and loving her violin, swimming and ballet lessons. Her favourite composers are, of course, Beethoven and Wagner.
Do come along to one of my concerts – live music is the most thrilling experience for me, and, I hope, for the audience. For me, something special happens in concerts, in the mystical space between composer, performer and listener, and I hope I can share that experience with you.