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Judith Bingham: Speed Interview

Tue 3 Jul 2012

Judith Bingham

Ahead of our two concerts this week at the City of London and Hythe Festivals, we caught up with composer Judith Bingham whose new piece, The Hythe, will be given its world premiere with us on 4 July as part of the City of London Festival and again in Hythe itself on 6 July.

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Judith Bingham (born 1952)


JB © Patrick Douglas Hamilton

Her times: Composers of our own time are freer than they have ever been before; free to pursue whatever stylistic paths they like and by whichever means – and largely without fear of discrimination due to race, gender or age. But that comes with its own complications, notably the increased need to write music that serves a purpose and punches through (live or through speakers and headphones) in an age full of noise where much creativity is built on commercial imperatives.

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Tansy Davies (born 1973)


Tansy Davies © Maurice Foxall

Her times: For the generation of composers who have come to creative maturity since the turn of the millennium, there are no longer any rules and the idea of musical ‘genres’ is eroding fast too. A composer can write on paper, on an instrument or on a computer. The act of composition might be one and the same as the act of performance. You might have trained at a music college or in a rock band.

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Speed interview: Thierry Fischer

Fri 25 Jun 2010

Next Tuesday we are performing Haydn’s Creation in the atmospheric surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral, as part of the City of London Festival. We caught up with conductor Thierry Fischer to ask him a few quick questions:

What/when was your big breakthrough?

Still to come…

What do you fear the most?

Today, … I fear that Switzerland is not going to reach the final of the World Cup…

Which mobile number do you call the most?

My wife’s number and my travel agent’s one… and the “lost and found office” at Geneva Airport.

What – or where – is perfection?

Fortunately, there is no answer. A perfect hope would be to believe that everything is still possible…

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?

Well… today… it’s…

Book: Raimond Gregorius in Night train for Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

Comic: XIII by Jean Van Hamme

Film: Schlomo in Va, vis et deviens by Radu Mihaileanu

Opera: La Musica in La Favola d’Orfeo by Monteverdi

… And tomorrow will be different…

What’s your favourite ritual?

My favourite ritual is to do my best not to have one.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?

Anyone, at any level, in any branch, acting with creativity to bring something new and constructive, full of perspectives…

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?

Being a striker in the Swiss Football Team.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?

La Ville des deux Paix played by Hesperion XXI conducted by Jordi Savall.

Should the classical music world work harder to attract a wider audience?

Yes, not really much harder but more specifically, promoting the energy of “Live Music” which can’t be replaced by any technology…

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