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The BBC Philharmonic has announced that Ben Gernon is to be its principal guest conductor. He will begin his new role in the autumn.
Although still only 27, Gernon, who is one of the UK’s most highly rated young conductors, has already built up a successful working relationship with the Manchester-based orchestra over a number of seasons. As well as conducting the BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgewater Hall and on tour on a number of occasions, he has also worked with it on projects such as The Red Brick Sessions, an innovative series at Salford’s Peel Hall.
The winner of prestigious Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award in 2013, Gernon enjoys a worldwide career, not least in the US where he is a former Dudamel Fellow with the LA Philharmonic. As a conductor, he also has something of a rarity value in that he began life as a tuba player, studying the instrument at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before opting to take up the baton.
When, in September 2013, BBC Music Magazine interviewed Gernon for our Rising Star series, he told us how it was the late Sir Colin Davis who above all inspired him to conduct. ‘He was the most special man I’d ever met,’ said Gernon about the great British conductor. ‘I used to go round to his house and we’d spend a couple of hours every week talking about scores. He’d suggest things, I’d conduct thin air, he’d tell me off, we’d try something else – and we’d have cake and tea.’
Gernon joins a roster of BBC Philharmonic conductors that includes Spain's Juanjo Mena (chief conductor) and the Finn John Storgårds (principal guest conductor).
This week's download is the Allegro from Vivaldi's Concerto for two violins in B flat major, performed by Amandine Beyer, Giuliano Carmignola and Gli Incogniti. The recording was Concerto Choice in our January issue.
'The musical chemistry between Carmignola and Beyer is intuitive and gratifying,' writes Nicholas Anderson. 'Soloists and ripieno alike respond to this wonderful music with passion, insight and feeling.'
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In a speech at the Association of British Orchestras conference, BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has argued that the classical music industry will need to innovate and disrupt traditional performance and broadcasting set-ups in order to attract new, diverse audiences.
Referring to an influential report about excellence in the arts by Sir Brian McMaster, Davey says: '[McMaster concluded that] if art was to have any sense of relevance and integrity to audiences… it ought to draw on the full creative resource of Britain today, and reflect the extraordinarily diverse population of this country.'
Davey says he believes Radio 3 has a huge role to play in helping to address diversity in the classical music industry, and he outlined both what's been done so far and future plans.
The radio station is looking for ways to increase the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME). Plans in the pipeline include a commission for the all-BAME Chineke! Orchestra composed by Hannah Kendall, who is of British-Caribbean heritage. Julian Joseph has also been commissioned to write a contemporary oratorio for the BBC Concert Orchestra and a diverse cast, based on the story of Tristan and Isolde, and double-bassist Chi-Chi Nwanoku will appear on Record Review to champion music by diverse composers.
‘Great art needs to reflect the society from which it emerges,’ says Davey. ‘The more we can draw on the talents of all this country and support those who have something to give, the more we will benefit music and, in the end, humanity itself.’
Four million school children have already been reached with the BBC Ten Pieces projects and, Davey says, there is encouraging evidence to show that those children and their families are going on to experience more classical music. The third year of the project – to be announced later this month – will be aimed at a wider age range, and focus more on online support from orchestras and other organisations.
The BBC orchestras, too, are taking steps to disrupt the traditional set-up of classical concerts. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will again present its Tectonics festival – an imaginatively staged series of contemporary music concerts in and around Glasgow – and the BBC Proms will again take classical music outside the Royal Albert Hall after the success of last year’s concerts in Peckham carpark and The Roundhouse. The BBC Philharmonic is encouraging audiences to engage through mobile devices, and will continue to develop its digital programme in the months to come.
Davey also announced plans to develop an ‘after dark’ zone on BBC Radio 3 that won’t distinguish between genres of music. Steps towards this sort of broadcasting have already been taken, he says, by placing contemporary music in daytime programmes and introducing programmes like Exposure, which looks at the new music scene around the UK regardless of genre.
Despite the need for innovation and disruption, Davey also believes that classical music needs to stay true to itself. ‘We need to be fearlessly bold in not apologizing for what we do and intrinsically are,’ he says, ‘The faster the world becomes, the more a conscious meed arises from audiences for time out, a thirst for enrichment, a place to think, slow radio, full-length performances, expertise and things that take you out of yourself and show you what it’s like to be human.’
In 1959, trumpeter Chet Baker was in Europe touring and recording. An addict since the early 1950s, Baker found scoring drugs abroad relatively easy. When his connections in Italy dried up, he began visiting doctors, complaining of headaches and leaving with charitable prescriptions. From May through July 1960, Baker filled 23 prescriptions for Palfium—a narcotic three times more powerful than morphine but shorter-lasting—from a single doctor in Lucca, to be dosed through a syringe.
In the summer of ’60, Baker overdosed and was detained in Lucca along with the doctors who had been supplying his habit. In April 1961, Baker was convicted and sentenced to 16 months in prison but released in December. He found studio and film work in Italy and remained there until 1964, when he was busted in Germany and deported.
During his time in Italy, Baker made a surrealist film in 1963 directed by Italian filmmaker Enzo Nasso. The short movie was called Tromba Fredda (Cold Trumpet). While the film is a bit heavy and stale by today’s standards, we do get to see a disheveled, demon-riddled Baker performing a role and hear his original score…
A special thanks to Jim Moore
Jim Morrison was enlisted to help fight global warming more than 35 years after his death. ‘Woman in the Window’, a previously unreleased poem written and recorded by
The Doors frontman shortly before he died in 1971 was being set to music and used to publicise the Global Cool campaign.