Cultivate your imagination and your humanity and it will shine through in your music and sustain you through a lifetime of playing.
Every part of conductor’s life is challenging. From the enormity of the repertoire to the geography and travel.
I am quite certain of the joy I feel when sharing something I love with an audience: indeed, music is both uniquely personal and also uniquely communal.
Enthusiasm, a questing nature and a constant love for the music.
A perpetual challenge is to sense the right structure and timescale for musical ideas while struggling to write these ideas down for the first time.
I don’t have a personal style as such – although I am sure there are recurring tricks if you look for them. Writing a piece is finding a solution to a problem, and when the initial restrictions vary, so does the end result. But when I write a piece like ‘Not Now, Bernard’, which is very tuneful and ‘accessible’, I don’t think of it as any less a ‘proper piece’ than my more avant-garde pieces – they are all aspects of my compositional voice.