Jane Glover, conductor

Who or what are the most significant influences on your musical life? In terms of significance, it has to be Benjamin Britten and also Bernard Haitink whom I assisted when I was at Glyndebourne, but basically one learns from absolutely everyone one works with and for. As I say to my students, you take what…

William Vann, conductor

Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music? Between the ages of 10 and 12 I was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge under Stephen Cleobury. The musical education I received there was like no other. When we performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion in 1994 and I heard…

Cornelius Meister, conductor

Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music? Somehow I always knew that I wanted to conduct. As a small child I used to conduct to our record player and loved doing it. Who or what are the most significant influences on your musical life? Well, I had…

Carl Topilow, conductor

Each orchestral musician needs to be aware of his or her role within each phrase – are you playing the melody, countermelody, harmony, rhythmic pulse – and the relative importance of each. Note lengths, articulation, phrase direction – listening to your fellow orchestra members and fitting your part appropriately.

Julian Perkins, conductor & harpsichordist

When I was starting out as a musician I sometimes worried too much about what people might think of me. Now, I try and focus more on the ever-changing process of making music and let the listeners decide for themselves what they like.