I received the honour to jump in this week to conduct a concert with the Orchestra Sinfoinca Nazionale della RAI, replacing the eminent British conductor, Sir Jeffrey Tate, who passed away last Friday.
The concert, taking place in the Auditorium RAI Arturo Toscanini in Torino on Thursday, 8th of June (featuring Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Norwegian virtuoso Vilde Frang, and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony in A minor, Op. 56) will be dedicated to the memory of Maestro Tate, who held the position of Honorary Conductor with the OSN RAI. He was named Principal Conductor or the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 1986, and went on having a worldwide career afterwards.
I worked together with the excellent Italian orchestra last time this February, on a concert featuring an all-contemporary repertoire (pictured above). However tragic this situation is, I am at the same time excited to return working with the OSN’s superb musicians.
Last Friday was a bittersweet milestone in British music. While my mentor, Sir Mark Elder celebrated his 70th Birthday, another British conducting giant, Sir Jeffery Tate passed away. I have gathered the news just as we stepped onstage in Dijon, to perform Fauré’s emotional Requiem. What a co-incidential and suitable tribute!
More information and tickets here.