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Loevendie, Toensing and Tuur – oh my!!

March 26th, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, we are off. In ten days (oh dear Lord!), Laila, Julia and I are boarding a plane for Amsterdam to take part in the 2011 Gaudeamus International Interpreters Award – a competition that seems to fit us hand in glove being, as it is, one that is geared towards the performance of [...]

$heesh

September 29th, 2010

The conversation began promisingly enough. I’d stepped out of my house to go on an evening run and almost smacked headlong into a woman of about 50 who lives in our street, walking up the other way. So I guess in a way, any conversation that didn’t begin with an angry expletive was going to [...]

Murphy Schmurphy

August 27th, 2010

There was so much excitement after we got back from Townsville a couple of weeks ago. Apart from the weather, it was amazing to have played Schoenberg’s first chamber symphony to an appreciative audience both as part of the Concerto and Vocal Competition and as part of the Chamber Music Festival. It was great to [...]

Tears, tantrums and transfiguration

June 2nd, 2010

I had become a moody, sulky cow thanks to the exertions of Mt Eyjafjallajokull. I was all set to board a plane on a certain Monday evening to participate in the Harare International Festival of Arts (affectionately known as ‘HIFA’) and catch up with the lovely C. into the bargain, whom I’d been missing enormously. [...]

Short, sharp jabs

April 15th, 2010

“Now, I hope you’re not going to kick me in the shins and scream at me the way that last little child did”, joked the nurse as she prepared to give me my typhoid shot for my upcoming trip to Zimbabwe. I sympathised – I really did. The cute little girl in pig-tails who had [...]

George?… Is that you?…

March 17th, 2010

In retrospect, stepping straight off a long-haul flight from London to Melbourne and straight into a national tour was a bad idea. I thought if I hit the ground running I’d stave off jet-lag, but I realised at about the third day of rehearsals that things just weren’t right. I’d contracted some sort of weird [...]

The cherry-popping blog: Greetings from England!

February 24th, 2010

Rousing greetings, dear listener, and welcome to the inaugural Syzygy blog! It seems rather odd to be typing away here, in a cozy flat in Acton, London, where it’s 5 degrees outside. I’m over here on a sabbatical to see loved ones and do some writing – both of which are tasks that were long [...]